BAY CITY (WJRT) (4/2/2019) - Barrels are in place, as Trumbull Street in Bay City is closed for at least the next eight months for a multi-million dollar reconstruction project.
This is a section that has needed reconstruction for quite some time. With 60 percent of the cost being covered, city officials said now was the time to do it.
"With the road in as bad of shape as it is, we really need to get it fixed and MDOT had funding for this year, so this is the year we need to do it," said Bay City Engineer Rachel Phillips.
The $2.9 million project includes new drainage, sidewalks, a completely renovated roadway and an additional left hand turn lane.
While all of those upgrades are positive, it wont come without negatives, Trumbull Street is closed between Center and Woodside avenues.
"We do have some major impacts this year while were doing construction for the residents through there," Phillips said. "There will be a detour on Johnson Street, so it's not a very long detour. The trucks will use Madison."
While improving the roadway was a main concern for the city, their biggest push to get this project complete has to do with the amount of accidents that occur in the area.
"Over the past 10 years, 54 percent of the accidents could have been prevented by a center left turn lane," Phillips said.
She said adding the lane will also help with traffic flow.