Major construction project on busy road starts in Jackson

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) – A long-awaited construction project is starting Wednesday in Jackson.

The construction is expected to go into late next year, as a mile-long stretch of Fourth Street is resurfaced and intersections are updated from Audubon Blvd. to Horton Rd.

 

The Ella Sharp Museum is full of local history and culture.

 

And now, the museum itself is about to make history due to its location in the middle of a monumental construction project.

 

 “We’re looking forward to the improvements. Of course, we’re a little concerned that logistically things are going to challenging in the meantime,” said Michelle McClellan, Director of External Affairs at the museum.

 

The Fourth Street construction project starts Wednesday with the city building a roundabout at the entrance to Ella Sharp Park.

    

City Engineer Jon Dowling says with a boulevard and high traffic it’s a tricky area for drivers.

 

“Make it so you can get into the park and have traffic flow keep continuing through there,” Dowling said.

 

Starting next month outside the museum, the intersection of Fourth, Stonewall, and Horton will be redesigned.

 

“We’re making it a T-intersection, improving the traffic signals,” Dowling said.

 

The city will also connect the museum campus with pedestrian trials near the intersection.

 

After the intersection gets redesigned and the roundabout is built, you can count on more orange barrels popping up along Fourth Street.

 

Next summer, Fourth from the park to Audubon will be resurfaced, along with redesigning the existing roundabout near Parkside Middle School to make it safer.

 

Dowling says this project will shut down a major connection between Jackson and suburban areas south of town, so drivers should plan alternate routes and follow detours.

 

“We want to make it so traffic flow is better and we have a smooth paved road,” Dowling said.

 

The museum is preparing for the long project, letting visitors know they can still get here by using roads that go through the park.

 

When it’s all done, they believe the new road will provide a better framework for what they do.

 

“It will burnish the city even more. So we are looking forward to that,” McClellan said.

 

The roundabout and new intersection are expected to be finished in November.

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