By Lonnie Huhman,

Orange barrels, detour signs and many other details one notices when road work is being done are in full effect in parts of the city of Dexter.

The signs are on Central Street and along Forest Street, where a new sidewalk is being put in. Work is moving forward on both, and residents and motorists can expect to see results soon.


Courtney Nicholls, City Manager of Dexter, said, “Central Street is expected to be substantially complete by the end of September.”

“The project is going well,” she said.

The contractor is currently working on storm water pipe installation and some maintenance items related to water main-i.e. valve replacement, Nicholls said.

Central Street, from Third to 300 feet west of Fifth Street, is being reconstructed using a combination of federal funds and funds from the city’s road millage, according to city officials.

With it, stormwater work is also being completed on Fifth Street from Central to Broad, and on Fourth Street just south of Central Street.

City officials said the Central project will continue many of the streetscape elements that are present on Central from the city limits to Third Street, including street lighting, designated parallel parking, and stamped colored concrete sidewalks.

The truck route from Broad to Third to Central has seen some impact from this project, but traffic has been able to go through.

Road/stormwater work on Broad Street photographed on Aug. 15.

“The Central Street project has a fairly extensive amount of storm water improvements incorporated with in – which includes work going down Fourth from Central to Dover and Fifth from Central to Broad,” Nicholls said. “The contractor has been using flagging when they have had to temporarily impact Broad.”

At Forest Street, Nicholls said the new sidewalk is part of the city’s pedestrian safety project. The sidewalk is being put in on the north side of Forest between Baker and Kensington. City officials are asking motorists to please proceed with caution through the construction zone.

Construction of the sidewalk was expected to start the week of Aug. 19.