Summer Construction Projects Making Headway

Summertime in Michigan...long days at the beach, quiet evenings in the hammock and orange construction barrels. Just like most other communities in the Midwest, Portage must take advantage of the seasonal weather to complete important infrastructure and utility improvements across the city. Several projects are in the midst of construction on many major and local streets as noted below and depicted in the map.    

Angling Road Sanitary Sewer Project

Sanitary sewer is being installed on Angling Road from Squire Heath Lane to Romence Road to serve existing properties on this section of Angling Road.  The project will reconstruct the street and include bike lanes and storm drainage improvements. Angling Road will remain closed to thru traffic through Labor Day weekend. The project is expected to be final in September. 

Chopin Avenue and Mozart Street Water Main Project

Water main is being installed in Chopin Avenue and Mozart Street to serve existing properties on these streets. Both streets will be resurfaced after the water main installation. Construction began in early July and will be complete in August. 

Portage Road Reconstruction Project

Construction from Mandigo Avenue to East Osterhout Avenue began July 10 with utility relocations and storm drainage improvements. The project also includes the construction of concrete curb and sidewalks along the east side of the road, as well as bike lanes on both sides of Portage Road. The road will remain closed to thru traffic through the Labor Day weekend.

Shaver Road Water Main & Reconstruction Project

The Shaver Road project includes the replacement of the existing water main from Vanderbilt Avenue to West Centre Avenue, barrier-free pedestrian improvements and pavement resurfacing. The installation of new water main is complete and traffic is expected to be shifted to the northbound lanes in early August. The project as a whole is expected to be finished in September. 

Local Street Reconstruction Project

The Local Street Reconstruction Project involves the reconstruction and resurfacing of several local streets (depicted on the map below in red). The work includes “complete street” enhancements, storm drainage improvements, installation of ADA sidewalk ramps and asphalt resurfacing. The work on the west side of Green Forest Drive and the north side of Woodland Drive will also include the installation of new sidewalks. Construction will begin late August and continue through June 2018. 

Motorists are urged to use caution around the construction zones and to obey all traffic laws and speed limits. Remember, “Give em’ a Brake.”  For more information on the above projects, please call the Transportation & Utilities Department at 329-4422.