Lansing road works continue through the month of May

May 22, 2013 by  

Drivers in Lansing, Michigan, are breathing a sigh of relief—for now. Construction barricades have finally been removed from the street in front of Crunchy’s, which is located on Grand Avenue in East Lansing. Two months of construction made it difficult for customers to get to the restaurant.

While Crunchy’s staff and customers are happy, other businesses just down the street are not as cheerful, since construction is now scheduled to start on the section of Grand between Bogue and Michigan, which is the part of the boulevard that stretches through downtown Lansing.

According to Kari Arend, spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), crews will start the project with the sidewalks, work which will continue throughout May. After that, the MDOT will start paving and the agency has worked out a detailed plan for dealing with traffic, including reducing traffic to single lanes, which will continue throughout the summer.

Merchants along the corridor appear to be taking the projected work in stride. Crunchy’s noted its business had not declined, despite the inconvenience to their customers of having to negotiate blocked-off lanes. Other store operators expressed the same feeling, noting many of them have a loyal core of customers who will come, no matter what. Crunchy’s suggested that the construction workers themselves might become customers, since they have to eat too.

Although merchants accept the necessity for road repairs, Lansing officials can help by working with flyer printing experts to create a mailer for residents. It could list the businesses affected, the dates of the closures, and offer alternate routes to favorite stores.