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Posted on: April 16, 2020

Commission approves first round of street treatments

Chip seal in city

The city’s engineering team is announcing the first round of 2020 road construction projects.

The City Commission approved the projects during Tuesday’s regular meeting. City staff tentatively expect work to begin in May.

View the list of streets on the next page, and with the accompanying map at battlecreekmi.gov/publicworks. Click on Engineering, then see Road Surface Treatments.

Before work begins, neighbors may encounter the city team performing maintenance and inspections, including activities like tree trimming, water valve exercising, lead water service line replacement, and sewer inspections.

As work is set to begin in specific areas, the city will release that information, details about any road closures or lane shifts, and expected duration of work. This information is released to the media, posted on the city’s website and social media, and marked on the interactive project map, accessible via our home page and mobile app.

The city also requires contractors to hang door announcements 24 hours ahead of construction.

Treatment types are as follows:

  • Chip seal is an inexpensive, effective method to extend pavement life, by applying small chips in a liquid asphalt. Then a fog seal, another layer of asphalt, is applied. It can last five to six years, and up to 10 years for low-volume roads.
  • Resurfacing is a quick process in which crews will mill up to two inches off the top of a road – enough to remove defects – and then apply a new layer of asphalt. This can last up to 10 years.

The city will release additional information on construction work and projects throughout the season. Officials ask everyone to stay tuned for those updates and appreciate everyone’s patience and caution during this and all work to maintain our city infrastructure. 

The following roads will be chip sealed:

  • Riverside Drive – Beckley Road to Columbia Avenue
  • Union Street – Michigan Avenue to Van Buren Street
  • Upton Avenue – Angell Street to Kendall Street
  • Roosevelt Avenue – Garrison Avenue to Goodale Avenue*

*This is part of a project to convert the four-lane road to three lanes.

The following roads will be resurfaced:

  • Main Street – East Columbia Avenue to Dickman Road**
  • Main Street – Hamblin Avenue to Division Street

**Collaborative project with the Calhoun County Road Department.

In addition to this work, the Michigan Department of Transportation plans repaving work along Dickman Road, from Helmer Road to M-66. Crews also will add a right-turn lane from westbound Dickman to northbound Kendall Street, to improve traffic flow at the intersection, and the Kendall Street railroad crossing.

MDOT tentatively plans construction for May through August, and it will include daytime lane closures, and overnight total road closures, with posted detours.

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