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Posted on: August 8, 2023

[ARCHIVED] 11/12 UPDATE: Beckley and Helmer roads to undergo paving during final phase of water main project

A Battle Creek city street map showing the new water main installation work as a dashed, blue line.

11/12/2023 UPDATE:

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — City contractor crews will pave sections of Beckley Road and Helmer Road this week, during the final phase of the new water main installation project, beginning Monday, Nov. 13.

The following section of Beckley Road will undergo paving Monday, Nov. 13, and Tuesday, Nov. 14:

  • Beckley Road, from Helmer Road South to Minges Road South

The above-mentioned section of Beckley Road is still closed to thru traffic, and will remain closed through the paving work.

The following recommended detour route is still in place, due to the closure of this section of Beckley Road to thru traffic:

  • Eastbound Beckley Road traffic: Turn left on Helmer Road South, turn right on Columbia Avenue, turn right on Riverside Drive, and then turn left to resume eastbound on Beckley Road
  • Westbound Beckley Road traffic: Turn right on Riverside Drive, turn left on Columbia Avenue, turn left on Helmer Road South, and then turn right to resume westbound on Beckley Road

Contractor crews will then mill and pave the following section of Helmer Road Wednesday, Nov. 15, and Thursday, Nov. 16:

  • Helmer Road South, from the intersection of Helmer and the westbound I-94 entrance ramp to Beckley Road

This section of Helmer Road is currently open to all traffic however, it will be closed to thru traffic starting Wednesday, Nov. 15, and remain closed through the milling and paving work.

During this closure of Helmer Road, the following recommended detour route will be in place for thru traffic. Note: Beckley Road will reopen temporarily during the Helmer Road paving, to allow for detour traffic, as follows:

  • Northbound Helmer Road South traffic: Turn right on Beckley Road, turn left on Riverside Drive, turn left on Columbia Avenue, and then turn right to resume northbound on Helmer Road
  • Southbound Helmer Road South traffic: Turn left on Columbia Avenue, turn right on Riverside Drive, turn right on Beckley Road, and then turn left to resume southbound on Helmer Road

A Battle Creek city street map showing the milling and paving work as dashed, black lines.

No thru traffic will be allowed along these sections of Beckley Road and Helmer Road during the closures, except for neighbors living along these stretches of roadway for access to and from their homes. Neighbors living in these areas are encouraged to drive along the roadways as little as possible to reach their homes.

These sections of Beckley Road and Helmer Road are still considered active construction sites. Neighbors and drivers are asked to not touch or move any barricades or traffic control signage, as doing so could lead to unintended accidents.

Crews anticipate the milling and paving work to be completed by Thursday, Nov. 16, with work hours generally during daylight hours, dependent on any weather-related delays.

As a reminder, this project has included removing the existing asphalt; installing new water main, fire hydrants, and water services to the right of way; and then finally repaving with new asphalt. Due to a water main material shortage, this project that was originally planned in 2022 was delayed until 2023.

There are currently no water main connections to the city’s water system in this area. Neighbors in this area wishing to connect their home to the city’s water system should contact the city’s Engineering Division at, 269-966-3343. The engineering team will be able to walk neighbors through what that process entails, including pricing to connect their home.

We appreciate everyone’s patience during all work on our city’s infrastructure.

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(11/2/2023 Update below.)

11/2/2023 UPDATE:

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — City contractor crews will be milling the asphalt along a section of Beckley Road, as part of the ongoing Beckley Road water main installation project, beginning today, Thursday, Nov. 2.

The section of Beckley Road undergoing milling work is the same section currently closed to thru traffic, due to the water main project:

  • Beckley Road, between Helmer Road South and Minges Road South

The following recommended detour route is still in place, due to the closure of this section of Beckley Road to thru traffic:

  • Eastbound Beckley Road traffic: Turn left on Helmer Road South, turn right on Columbia Avenue, turn right on Riverside Drive, and then turn left to resume eastbound on Beckley Road
  • Westbound Beckley Road traffic: Turn right on Riverside Drive, turn left on Columbia Avenue, turn left on Helmer Road South, and then turn right to resume westbound on Beckley Road

No thru traffic will be allowed along this section of Beckley Road, except for neighbors living along this stretch of roadway for access to and from their homes. Neighbors living in this area are encouraged to drive along Beckley Road as little as possible to reach their homes.

A Battle Creek city street map showing the milling work as a dashed, black line.

In addition to the road closure, this milling work, in preparation for final paving work, will result in additional construction-related traffic in this section of Beckley Road. This section of Beckley Road is still considered an active construction site. Neighbors and drivers are asked to not touch or move any barricades or traffic control signage, as doing so could lead to unintended accidents.

Crews expect the milling work to be completed by Friday, Nov. 3, with work hours generally from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. The overall project to install new water main along Beckley Road is still expected to be completed by mid-November.

As a reminder, this project has included removing the existing asphalt; installing new water main, fire hydrants, and water services to the right of way; and then finally repaving with new asphalt. Due to a water main material shortage, this project that was originally planned in 2022 was delayed until 2023.

There are currently no water main connections to the city’s water system in this area. Neighbors in this area wishing to connect their home to the city’s water system should contact the city’s Engineering Division at, 269-966-3343. The engineering team will be able to walk neighbors through what that process entails, including pricing to connect their home.

We appreciate everyone’s patience during all work on our city’s infrastructure.

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(Original release below.)

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — City contractor crews, from Balkema Excavating, will begin the second phase of the new water main installation project, as they work to pulverize a section of the eastbound lane of Beckley Road starting tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 9.

The following section of Beckley Road will undergo pulverization and be closed to thru traffic:

  • Eastbound lane of Beckley Road, from Helmer Road South to Minges Road South

Until the pulverization of the roadway is complete, no thru traffic will be allowed along this section of Beckley Road except for neighbors living along this stretch of roadway, for access to and from their homes.

Due to the closure of this section of Beckley Road to thru traffic, the following recommended detour route will be in place:

  • Eastbound Beckley Road traffic: Turn left on Helmer Road South, turn right on Columbia Avenue, turn right on Riverside Drive, and then turn left to resume eastbound on Beckley Road

During the pulverization process, crews will work along specific sections of roadway to allow neighbors ease of access to and from their homes. Once the roadway has been completely pulverized, the eastbound lane of Beckley Road will be similar to a gravel road surface.

This section of Beckley Road is an active construction site. Neighbors and drivers are asked to not touch or move any barricades or traffic control signage, as doing so could lead to unintended accidents.

Work hours will generally be from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. during this phase of the project. Crews expect the work of installing the new water main along Beckley Road to be completed by mid-November.

As a reminder, this project will include removing the existing asphalt; installing new water main, fire hydrants, and water services to the right of way; and then finally repaving with new asphalt. Due to a water main material shortage, this project that was originally planned in 2022 was delayed until 2023.

There are currently no water main connections to the city’s water system in this area. Neighbors in this area wishing to connect their home to the city’s water system should contact the city’s Engineering Division at, 269-966-3343. The engineering team will be able to walk neighbors through what that process entails, including pricing to connect their home.

We appreciate everyone’s patience during all work on our city’s infrastructure.

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