GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) (4/16/2018) - Monday officially began Michigan's second season of the year in Genesee County: Road construction.
The Genesee County Road Commission started three major construction projects that will slow and detour traffic into the summer months.
The largest is a $2.7 million project to rebuild Fenton Road between Grand Blanc and Cook roads between Mundy and Grand Blanc townships.
The project began Monday with culvert replacement and work outside the existing road base. In May, crews will begin tearing out the existing asphalt, rebuilding the soil base and repaving it in sections.
While the roadway is closed to through traffic, work will happen only on half of the pavement at a time to maintain access to residences and businesses.
The five-lane stretch of Fenton Road near Grand Blanc Road will remain in that configuration. The four-lane and two-lane sections will change to a three-lane configuration.
The project is scheduled for completion in August.
A nearly $1 million project to rebuild and reconfigure Coldwater Road from Saginaw Street to Harry Street will take place in stages through July.
The existing four-lane roadway will be removed, the soil base rebuilt and repaved in a three-lane configuration. Crews will only work on half of the road at a time to maintain at least one lane of traffic.
Work began Monday on rebuilding the north side of the road, reducing each direction to one lane. In June, the project will shift to the south side and only one lane of westbound traffic will be open.
Eastbound traffic will be detoured until late July, when the project is scheduled for completion.
Hill-Belsay roads roundabout
The intersection of Hill and Belsay roads in Grand Blanc Township closed to all traffic on Monday for a nearly $800,000 project to install a new roundabout.
The intersection currently is a four-way stop.
Motorists will be able to get close to the intersection to access residences and local businesses, including the Rite Aid store. But the intersection will be completely closed.
The posted detour route includes Perry, Irish, Bristol and Center roads.
The Grand Blanc Township Police Department says cutting through the Rite Aid parking lot to avoid the detour is illegal and anyone caught doing so could receive a ticket.
Completion is scheduled in late June.