Masonic Boulevard is getting an overhaul. The estimated $1.05 million project, anticipated to be done by mid-October, involves redoing concrete, sidewalks and storm drains between Utica and Kelly roads.

Masonic Boulevard is getting an overhaul. The estimated $1.05 million project, anticipated to be done by mid-October, involves redoing concrete, sidewalks and storm drains between Utica and Kelly roads.

Photo by Nick Mordowanec


Masonic resurfacing expected to be complete by mid-October

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published August 30, 2019

 At press time, all traffic was eastbound only, and drivers could not make left-hand turns at Kelly Road or Groesbeck Highway.

At press time, all traffic was eastbound only, and drivers could not make left-hand turns at Kelly Road or Groesbeck Highway.

Photo by Nick Mordowanec

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FRASER — Construction is on schedule on Masonic Boulevard.

Fraser Public Works Superintendent Nick Schaefer said Aug. 27 that the Masonic resurfacing project is going as planned. The project, which began Aug. 12, runs from Utica to Kelly roads.

Currently, traffic is only going eastbound, and drivers cannot make left turns at Kelly or Groesbeck Highway.

The approximate $1.05 million project is part of an 80-20 agreement between the federal government and the city of Fraser. Federal funds are covering about $861,100 while Fraser is paying about $194,500, not including engineering fees.

Fraser’s funds are coming out of the city’s Major Street Fund, which includes revenue collected from gas taxes and vehicle registrations. The predetermined agreement was approved by the Fraser City Council in March.

Schaefer explained that the project involves the resurfacing, or milling down, of 3 inches and then replacing those 3 inches. Sidewalk additions are part of the project, as is the repairing of storm drains.

Milling occurred Aug. 16 and 17, while underground storm drain repairs and sidewalk preparations took place the week of Aug. 19. Once the north side is complete, the south side will then be done.

Bicyclists in the area will be getting a gift, as the project involves taking the road down from four lanes to three, eastbound and westbound, and creating two 5-foot-wide bike paths on the outside lanes.

“(Fraser residents will) expect obviously a fresh reconstructed road, and then access to two bike paths inside the city — with joining bike paths with Roseville,” Schaefer said.

Roseville is restriping its pavement for bike accessibility, while the city of Fraser is also in talks with St. Clair Shores to do the same. Schaefer said the goal is to make biking easy and accessible from Utica Road all the way to Jefferson Avenue.

“We’re talking to adjacent communities to have the bike path continue into three communities,” he said, adding that discussions between city officials have occurred for more than a year.

At press time, the intended project completion date was Oct. 15, weather permitting.

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