Archive for Thursday, September 20, 2007

Light at tunnel’s end on Main St. work

September 20, 2007

The long lines of cars and trucks this week on Main Street might not have been a welcome sight to drivers trying to navigate Lansing's main drag. But they should have been.

Sounds like an oxymoron.

But think about it: While those long lines of vehicles were slowly snaking their way along Main Street, construction workers were busy milling the street in preparation for laying asphalt. That's one of the final steps in the process toward a finished Main Street System Enhancement Project.

Elsewhere along the route, sod was being placed next to walkways, retaining walls were being completed, and work on a new intersection at Holiday Terrace was continuing.

Of course, those drivers whose 10-minute trips coming or going from Lansing to Leavenworth turned into 45-minute ordeals might think otherwise. But the prospect in the not-too-distant future is for smooth sailing on Main.

As with many construction projects, as the end nears, more and more heavy equipment is making its way up and down Main Street.

For that reason, city officials are urging motorists to be extra cautious during these waning weeks of work.

"It's very important to be aware of the flag people and the heavy equipment," cautions Ken Miller, the city's Main Street project liaison. "They might not be in the same place as they were even an hour ago."

Thus far, despite nearly two construction seasons, there haven't been any major calamities on Main Street. It's up to us who use Main to keep it that way.

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