April 8, 2010 —
Three major road projects will be taking place in the Hudson area over the course of the summer, and at least one of them will have heavy impacts on downtown traffic.
All three of the projects are largely paid for out of federal stimulus funds. “The money is available and won’t be in the future,” Hudson City Manager Steve Hartsel noted. “So it was decided to go ahead with the projects.”
The largest of the three projects will be resurfacing and drainage improvements on US-127 from Hudson to the Ohio border. The work is to begin this month, and will continue through September. Although the road was last resurfaced about a decade ago, it has deteriorated more than expected.
M-34 between the east city limits and M-156 in Clayton will get a micro-surface application of a three quarter inch layer of asphalt to preserve the surface.
The third project will be resurfacing and rebuilding sidewalk ramps on Main Street through the city of Hudson.The street was last resurfaced in the late 1990s as a part of the Hudson streetscape project, which was considerably more extensive than the work planned for this summer.
The work is expected to take place in early July through early August. Hudson City Manager Steve Hartsel said that the part of the project where traffic will be constricted should only last a couple weeks. Traffic will be maintained by flagmen. “We were asked if we would allow construction to go on at night,” Hartsel said. “I’m inclined against it because it might disturb Main Street residents.
Also on the construction docket for Hudson this summer is reconstruction of Munson Highway south from M-34 to the city limits, mostly to accommodate truck traffic in and out of the Industrial Park.
The Munson Highway resurfacing project will include a redesign and rebuilding of the storm water drainage system out of the Industrial Park to prevent storm water overflow from flowing through private yards, which has been an ongoing problem for years. The project is largely paid for out of state grants and Local Development Finance Authority funds.
Hartsel also said that funding has been received for the rebuilding of the Jackson Street lift station to enhance performance of the city sewer system. The lift station reconstruction has been needed for some time and will be done this summer.