JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — Spring is here and that means road construction season is upon us.
The city of Jackson is making plans to resurface rocky roads after releasing its list of 2018 construction projects.
6 News has a look at where drivers will soon enjoy a smoother ride around town.
In a city plagued by potholes, road resurfacing has become exciting news for residents.
“It’s like we’re dodging potholes all the time so this is going to be a welcome relief,” said Sarah Weissman, who lives on Crescent Road.
Crescent is one of 10 streets the city will resurface this year.
In all, 26 improvement projects are happening across the city, including repaving roads and allies, installing more lighting, and improving sewers.
Public Information Officer Will Forgrave says many city streets are in rough shape, so they carefully choose which ones get attention.
“Sometimes we do streets that don’t look that bad, but if we crack seal those streets, they’ll last another ten years, instead of two. Another part is actually just traffic counts too. If there’s a side street that’s in poor condition and a major street that is maybe in better condition, but is used more often, that factors in,” Forgrave said.
The biggest projects include resurfacing Morrell Street between Brown and West, and laying out new pavement along Fourth Street from Audubon to Horton, where the intersection will be redesigned.
Bad roads aren’t the only things turning around.
The city is building roundabouts at three busy intersections.
Roundabouts are planned at the entrances to Ella Sharp Park on Fourth Street and Cascades Park on Kibby Road.
An existing roundabout at West and Fourth will be reconstructed for better traffic flow.
“It’s shown that roundabouts, as long as they’re used correctly are more efficient and safer, and actually save gas,” Forgrave said.
Forgrave says improving streets is a major objective for the city, but they can’t do everything at once.
“We’re working our best towards getting ahead of the problem, but we’re trying to work smarter,” Forgrave said.
There’s a long road ahead to fixing Jackson’s streets.
However, Weissman says this year’s projects are a good start.
“So excited, it’s very overdue,” Weissman said.
Some road projects, like on Kibby and Edgewood, have already begun.
The majority of the projects are set to start in the summer and finish in late fall.
For a complete list of projects, view this list complied by our media partners at MLive: 2018 construction projects in Jackson