Grand River Avenue businesses react to MDOT construction project

Dee Yonker

OKEMOS — Corporations have confronted a pandemic, labor shortages, supply shortages, inflation, and now some Meridian Township corporations have just one a lot more prospective obstacle with a substantial Grand River Avenue design undertaking underway.

This thirty day period the Michigan Division of Transportation started off building for a $14.7 million venture that will do resurfacing and drainage enhancements on Grand River Avenue, also identified as M-43, in the heart of the township.

Some enterprise house owners are previously noticing the impression, which include Lotus Attractiveness Lounge proprietor MelissaLynn Terry, who had to uncover a new route to her comprehensive-services salon in Meridian Shopping mall thanks to the design.

“So we are making an attempt to you know, think ahead of the curve,” she stated. “Let our clientele know in advance like, ‘hey, we don’t want you to be late for your appointment, so why you should not you choose this route,’ and we’re just heading with the flow.”

Stylists work at full-service salon Lotus Beauty Lounge in the Meridian Mall.

Task construction function consists of joint and crack repairs, intermittent suppress and gutter substitution, place drainage repairs and sidewalk ramp upgrades. Once done this project will decrease the frequency and affect of location flooding, according to MDOT’s web site.

Individuals who push in the spot really should foresee this venture to past about 18 months, climate permitting, with milling and repaving of Grand River Avenue from Oak Pointe Courtroom to Nakoma Drive, Meridian Township Neighborhoods and Financial Growth Director Amber Clark explained in an electronic mail.

Grand River Avenue targeted visitors will be slowed and all access driveways will stay open for website visitors to enter and exit business drives.

“We persuade individuals to benefit from the detours as supplied and give by themselves a little bit extra push time to get to their locations,” Clark stated.

Construction signage and orange barrels seen on East Grand River Avenue near Cornell Road in Meridian Township Monday, Feb. 28, 2022.

As a husband or wife to the local business enterprise neighborhood, Meridian Township will start an 18-thirty day period “shop local” initiative with signage together Grand River Avenue to remind the community that enterprises will be open and have to have their patronage, she claimed.

“What we can do as patrons will help our businesses to remain open and financially viable,” she claimed. “The economy is a revolving relationship of commerce. It is our hope that Meridian can exhibit by example by the development we are existing, supportive, and continue being a prime neighborhood.”

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