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. Cause for construction
The intersection of South Bridge and South Jefferson streets the roads needed to be upgraded to the Americans with Disabilities Act. This then lead to a full-scale update of underground water mains, sewage pipes, storm sewage pipes, gas lines and even wider sidewalks.
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.
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.
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.