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Grand Ledge’s unusually long construction season ends

By Eric Finkler

Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer

GRAND LEDGE, MI – Equipment is put away, roads are cleared, and dust is settled as the lengthy construction project in Grand Ledge that has been afflicting drivers and residents is finished.

Beginning on May 21, Mayor Smith said, Grand Ledge faced its largest construction effort since the High Bridge project in 1888.

After seven months of detours and unknown traffic conditions, residents and visitors became construction free three weeks ago in the middle of November.

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City Hall Receives A Much Needed Upgrade

By Casey Hull

Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer

GRAND LEDGE, MI – Grand Ledge City Hall has found a new home less than a mile away at the old Greenwood elementary, to the benefit of the city and the public school system.

200 E. Jefferson St. has been the location of city hall and the local police station since 1970. A historic building, the shortcomings of the facilities were quite noticeable. The city found a sanctuary from these troubles, when on July, 14 the public school system sold the old Greenwood Elementary building to them for just one dollar. Continue reading

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Jefferson Street construction nears completion

By Julia Nagy
Grand Ledge Gazette Staff Writer

GRAND LEDGE- Orange cones continue to decorate East Jefferson St. as road construction, which started in May, nears its end.

The M-100 construction project is slated for completion on Oct. 20, according to a public letter from Mayor Kalmin D. Smith posted on the city of Grand Ledge website.

The road construction has done little to affect some businesses.

MacDowell’s Flower Shop rests on the corner of South Bridge St. and East Jefferson St., where road construction is taking place. Julia Nagy/Grand Ledge Gazette

Manager Bruce MacDowell said the construction has not decreased his business’ flow of customers. He manages MacDowell’s Flower Shop, 228 South Bridge St., which is located on the corner of the construction work on East Jefferson St.

“Despite the minor inconveniences, everything has been pretty normal,” MacDowell said.

The major challenge of the roadway project has been how to deal with the traffic, according to Smith.

The construction has been a nuisance for some visitors in the Grand Ledge area.

Residential Arts and Humanities sophomore Zoe Johnson, who visits Grand Ledge regularly, said the recent construction has made traveling there more difficult. Continue reading

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Grand Ledge Community Concerned About Upcoming Road Construction

by Frank Sorise
Grand Ledge Gazette Staff Writr

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced plans for construction on highway M-100 through Grand Ledge this upcoming Spring. With exit 93 into Grand Ledge already closed, many members of the community expressed concerns about future road closures and detours at a meeting at City Hall.

Mary Price, a Grand Ledge resident for 34 years, said that going down from four lanes to three lanes was her biggest concern.   “We don’t think it’s necessary at all, and the city does not seem to want to address it. They just want to let MDOT take the heat.”

Price fears that removing the fourth lane will result in heavy traffic, with vehicles taking side roads to avoid traffic.

Resident Pam Voltattorni worries about pulling in and out of her own driveway. “A lot of people in these streets have boats, motor homes and travel trailers that back
out into that traffic,” she said.

“These kinds of complaints are pretty common,” said Grand Ledge Mayor Kalmin Smith, “because when people come to a meeting like this, they don’t have much experience.  They come with a lot of fears, like, can I get into my own house?  If they replace driveways and sidewalks, who’s going to pay for that? These kind of things are natural questions that are going to come up.”

Construction is not new in the area.  According to Grand Ledge resident Andrea Stolicker Watters, “Construction [is a] big part of living in Michigan. [There are] two seasons in Michigan: Winter and ‘Orange Cone.’”

The plan is for construction to begin late spring after school is out and be completed before school is back in session in the fall.

“We’ll have it completed in one construction season,” assured MDOT Communications
Coordinator Kari Arend.

Mayor Smith remains positive about the upcoming road work.

“My experience is, you get some gripes during the project, but once it’s done people are very happy.  It’s almost always the way it works,” said Smith.

See where construction is going to take place here.

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