While the water mains beneath Trumbull Street date back to 1908, some people might think that the road itself does, too. But a $2.68 million infrastructure project is set to change all of that.
A major reconstruction of Trumbull Street, from Center Avenue to the south to Woodside Avenue to the north, is on track to begin later this month. Phase one of the project begins Nov. 26 and is scheduled through April 15, 2019. The first phase includes the relocation of utility poles, trimming of trees, and more.
Phase two will see the complete reconstruction of the road. It is scheduled from April 15 to Nov. 1, 2019.
"Trumbull’s been needing a facelift for many years," says Robert Dion, Director of Public Works for Bay City.
"We’ve done maintenance but this will be a major reconstruction."
In addition to receiving a new surface, Trumbull will also be slightly widened. The current two-lane road will receive a center turn lane, improving safety for turning drivers.
Dion says that while some residents along the road have voiced fears that the city will be moving sidewalks closer to their houses in order to accommodate the widening, the city will only be narrowing the green belt between the curbs and sidewalks.
The sidewalks, he says, will stay put.
The city plans on replacing those 1908-era water mains during reconstruction, too.
It’s a critical project for the city, says Dion. Trumbull is a major thruway that feeds the south side of the city. And though it’s a 25 mph residential street, it’s also a truck route, which has a lot to do with the street’s current condition.
Dion says that the new road will cut down on noise and vibrations from the passing trucks.
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