Story and photos by John Hummer
Exponent staff writer
Tempers may flare and blood pressures may rise a bit, especially if you’re in a hurry, but the end product will be worth the wait. That is, if you travel M-50 between Napoleon and U.S. 127 as you approach Vandercook Lake.
Roadwork managed by the Michigan Department of Transportation that started in April on that stretch of highway will continue through Sept. 30. The cost of the project is $6,277,835.
The road is being reconstructed and upgraded to the newest safety standards according to Kari Arend, communications representative for MDOT’s University Region. Work includes shoulder widening and improved ditching as well. The South Street/M-50 intersection is being realigned with added turn lanes in both directions.
The new safety standards include new guardrail, curb and gutter, wider shoulders, road alignment (South Street), and upgraded ditch slopes.
Arend said the project will continue to have daily (moving) lane closures. MDOT asks the public to be mindful of this and have patience while they work on completing the project as quickly and efficiently as possible. All lanes will be open during race weekends at Michigan International Speedway.
Arend said MDOT’s goal is to not have delays longer than 15 minutes, however, given the busy summer traveling season, there will be times that this could be exceeded. MDOT reminds motorists to be safe, be careful, be mindful, and show your support for the hard work contractors are doing.