September 22, 2010 —
The work on milling and repaving Main Street has been scheduled on several occasions since late June, but while some prepratory work has been done, once again an announced schedule was missed.
The Hudson City Council was told last Tuesday evening that the long-delayed work was to get under way Sunday, September 19 at 7 PM. No work was seen until 4 PM Monday, and then not downtown, but at the intersection of US-127 and M-34. Milling was completed Tuesday morning, and the highways were open at midmorning. No work had been accomplished downtown, although city DPW supervisor Phil Goodlock said that the last he had heard, milling was planned for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and paving Thursday. “We have rain coming,” Goodlock said. “So it’s anybody’s guess whether it gets washed out.”
MDOT Division Chief Hal Zwent of the Tecumseh Office said that the paving work should be completed this week.
Hudson Police Chief Charles Weir said that the original plan was to have Main Street parking closed from 7 PM to 7 AM starting Sunday night. “Obviously, nothing happened,” he commented. “The contractors have been having all sorts of scheduling delays and problems.”
City Manager Steve Hartsel was out of town and unavailable for comment. The city has little say in the project, since it is state highway work overseen by the Michigan Department of Transportation. The work is being done by Michigan Paving of Jackson, MI.
Besides the slippery schedule, there have been other problems with the project, including having to tear out work that had been completed. The previous ramps from street to sidewalk did not meet Americans with Disabilties Act requirements causing the need for them to be replaced
Goodlock said his understanding was that the company had run into more problems than anticipated on their project on US-127 south of Hudson. “That’s shoved everything else back,” he commented.