Construction is scheduled to begin on the replacement of the temporary culvert under Sharon Avenue near Ridge Road which was installed after the Father’s Day Flood in 2018. The work is to begin at the end of May and is expected to be completed in August. The traffic control signage and detours are expected to be in place the week of May 24th so the contractor can begin the work.
What this means for motorists is that westbound traffic using Sharon Avenue east of the M-26 intersection will be detoured via Razorback Drive to the stoplight at M-26. Eastbound Sharon Avenue traffic will be detoured to Razorback Drive via the stoplight at the M-26/Razorback intersection. Ridge Road can be accessed from Luanne Avenue and Frogpool Lane off of M-26; and Razorback Drive near the Walmart entrance. The intersection of Ridge Road and Sharon Avenue will be closed for the duration of the work.
The traffic control and detour measures have been designed such that all businesses in the area are accessible in the most direct way available given the need to close this short section of Sharon Avenue for this important work. The City appreciates everyone’s patience and reminds everyone to be mindful of the workers and other motorists; follow the signs; and please drive safely this summer with all of the construction work in our area.
A temporary steel culvert was installed right after the flood in order to open the road. It will be replaced with a concrete box culvert which will serve the City for decades to come. The work is funded by a disaster recovery grant from the Federal Highway Administration via the Michigan Department of Transportation with matching funds provided by the City of Houghton.