Construction closes busy road in Jackson for two months


JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — We have a traffic alert for a busy road in Jackson County.


Kibby Road is shut down until late June from West Avenue in Jackson to the city limits with Summit Township.


The closure is happening so crews can reconstruct the road that is also a major access point for the Cascades Park.


The Cascades Manor House is surrounded by the scenic beauty of Jackson’s Cascades Park.


But over the next two months it will also be surrounded by a construction zone.


“We’re trying to be patient with the whole project,” said Sue Chapel, general manager of the manor house.


With roads closed and events scheduled, Chapel says they’re helping guests get around the orange barrels.  


“We’ve given our weddings a heads up. We just let them know to please tell all of their attendees to come through Denton Road,” Chapel said.


The city of Jackson is redesigning the road.


Crews are replacing Kibby’s battered pavement, and taking it from a boulevard down to two-way traffic on the south side of the road, and replacing the north side with a new pedestrian trail.  


City Public Information Officer Will Forgrave says this will slow traffic down around this busy park.


“But more importantly, I think by making it two lanes instead of a boulevard, we’ll only have to maintain half of what we currently maintain now,” Forgrave said.


A key feature of this road redesign is going to be a roundabout at the corner of Kibby and Denton right at the entrance to the Cascades Park and manor house.


“Any roundabout we put in is because it’s safer and more effective. It moves traffic quicker,” Forgrave said.


The park can still be accessed by taking Brown or High streets.


A detour is also posted, directing drivers to West Avenue and Fourth Street to get in and out of Jackson.


When construction started, chapel worried it would hurt business.


But she says so far, so good, and she hopes it will improve the area.


“It’s really going to frame the whole property when this project is finished,” Chapel said.


The city plans to have this project complete by the end of June.

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