Street Construction Projects

This page is the central source for updates on the street and road improvement projects happening within the City of Fenton. That includes neighborhood street improvements paid for by voter-approved bonds and those paid for by other funding sources.
Updated: 9/6/2022

Neighborhood Street Improvement Project

What's being done: Year one of the Local Road Program is reconstructing First, Second, Third, Fourth, Sixth, N. Oak, Thurber and N. Howard Streets. Critical sewer repairs on Walnut Street near Second Street and sewer repairs are included, as this infrastructure is located under the streets. Several existing combined sewers will be brought up to standard, and manholes and storm drains will be repaired. Sidewalk-at-street intersections will be updated to meet current standards. Replacement street signs and pavement markings are included in the project. 

Schedule/Status: Paving, paving!  Areas of First, Second and Third Streets that have pavement removed and underground utility work completed are ready for pavement. The contractor planned to start paving operations Thursday September 22 if weather permitted. Underground utility and concrete work continue for the project.

When work started, the city began discovering more sewer work was necessary before actual street improvement could begin. That's not terribly surprising, as it is one of the city's oldest subdivisions.

StreetsSchedule_Preview Opens in new windowHere is an updated, detailed schedule of the project. 

Like many projects statewide,  we are facing shortages of concrete pipe, concrete structures and cast-iron structures for the underground sewer and stormwater work.  Waldorf has been working with multiple suppliers to obtain the materials. 

Part of the reason for the shortages is that after the pandemic, multiple funding sources were made available for improving roads and water quality. That’s great for Michigan, but a challenge for planners and contractors. For example,  one type of material in short supply is ductile iron for water main projects.  Wait times are as much as 44 weeks for certain sizes of pipe material.

 Attached is a revised schedule of where the contractor plans to start concrete work (sidewalk and curb at intersections) and road paving where underground work is not needed.  Though it doesn’t get underground work finished first, it does keep hope alive that the project can be substantially complete by mid-November.

Our engineering team, OHM Advisors, has assigned Paul Acciavatti as the engineering supervisor for the project. He will be the on-site contact who will advise you when construction impacts access to your driveway.  Acciavatti will contact residents by knocking on doors and leaving information if residents aren't home. 

Staging and construction began on Monday August 1.  The contractor, our engineering team and city staff meet bi-weekly during construction for progress meetings, where updates will be posted on the city website and emailed to you shortly after each progress meeting.

As always, you can call Department of Public Works Director Dan Brissoin at 810-629-2261 with any questions or concerns.  

What supply chain issues? Among other things, a product called silt fencing has been difficult to acquire. It is required to comply with soil erosion rules and permits. So while they might not be big-ticket items, the inability to procure them can result in significant delays.

Detour Route: No detour route is planned.  The contractor and site supervisor will advise each homeowner when driveway access will be limited or restricted as work progresses though the project area. 

Contractor: Waldorf and Sons, Inc., Mt. Morris, Michigan

Local Road Program, Future Phases

This map shows what will take place in 2023 and 2024 under Phase I (Years one to three) of the 10-year program, which is funded by the sale of bonds approved by voters in 2021. The plan for 2025 and beyond will be prepared based on road conditions and needs in 2024, as the relative condition of different streets can change over time based on usage, original materials used and more.
A map showing roughly when streets will be done in the first years of the program.

Torrey Road Improvement Project

This road is eligible for federal transportation funds, which cover the majority of the cost. It is not part of the local streets bonding program.

What's being done: Just under one mile of pavement rehabilitation. Workers will pulverize, crush and shape the existing asphalt roadway with a new hot mix asphalt surface. Improvements include new passing flare at Georgetown Parkway, guardrail improvements at the S. Long Lake bridge, new sidewalk (east side of road) from North Road to Georgetown Parkway.

Schedule/Status: All concrete and excavation work for the project is completed.  Finish-grading and seeding of the new sidewalk area and back-of-curb for the new concrete curb areas is planned for the week of September 26. Due to a scheduling conflict with the contractor who pulverizes the existing asphalt roadway, all barricades for the project and the detour route signs were pulled to the side of the road to allow free flow of traffic. The contractor expects to resume the paving portion of the project in early October. Asphalt removal and repaving are estimated to take two to two-and-a-half weeks to complete. The city is working with the engineering team and the contractor to resume work on Torrey Road and will provide the re-start date as soon as it is available.   

Detour: Road will remain open to local traffic for access to Georgetown Parkway and local businesses in the construction area. The posted detour route is North Road to Lahring Road to Torrey Road and vice versa.

Contractor:  Ace Saginaw Paving, Saginaw, Michigan

Main Street Rehabilitation Project

What's being done? 0.92 miles of asphalt surface milling, joint and crack repair, curb and gutter repair and hot mix asphalt resurfacing on about a mile of road from Leroy Street to Eddy Lake Road. 

Schedule/Status: All concrete work is completed, and the contractor is currently restoring lawn and other back of curb restoration work. Joint repairs and utility structure work is underway in preparation to start the milling and repaving work.  The contractor expects to begin paving operations next week, approximately Wednesday, September 28. The road will remain open to two-way traffic during paving operations and motorist can expect delays during the working hours of paving operations. Weather permitting, all paving work is planned for completion by mid-October with pavement markings and sign replacement to follow.  

Detour Route: There is no detour route for this project. The road will remain open to two-way traffic during construction.  Motorists traveling through the work zone may experience delays during working hours, and alternate routes may sometimes be advisable. 

The City Council approved the city's funding for the project after estimated costs came in about $300,000 over the bid price due to inflation and material scarcity. The project received federal funding in the amount of $ 935,225.00.  The project is administered through the MDOT. The city’s estimated cost for the project is $ 548,170.09.

Contractor:  Lois Kay Contracting, Saginaw, Michigan. 

Previous articles and updates

Residents Get Info at Meeting as Street Construction Season Nears
Voters Approve Millage for Massive Street Improvement Program

Where we were

This map indicates the condition of the city's streets as of October, 2021.
A representation showing that most city streets were rated as "poor" or worse in 2021.