TRAVERSE CITY — City officials are making some last-minute adjustments to the repaving of Cass Street because of late notices given to area businesses.
Construction crews began mobilizing Friday for the week-long project that begins Monday. The project will completely close Cass Street to traffic between Eighth and 14th streets from Monday through Friday. Cross street intersections from Ninth to 12th streets were also supposed to be closed.
The city notified the 12th Street manufacturing firm Cone Drive Gearing Solutions on Thursday and planned to speak with Oryana Natural Foods Market on 10th Street on Friday.
“We have thousands of shoppers and many deliveries every day that will now all have to funnel off of Lake and Eighth streets,” said Steve Nance, Oryana general manager. “Beyond an earlier notification, we should have been part of the discussion to help strategize how this would have taken place.”
Nance said the city has since gone “above and beyond” in trying to rectify the issue. Had he known about the project earlier, the store would have had time to notify their customers about the disruption in advance.
Makayla Vitous, assistant city manager, said the contractor sent out postcards last week to addresses within a certain area notifying them of the project, but Nance said he never received one. Vitous defended the late notice. She said there are many different parts to the project that have to be coordinated, so notices went out as soon as practical.
The city contracted for the project in mid-July and officials said at the time they wanted to complete all city resurfacing projects in August while it was still hot to improve asphalt bonding.
Work crews will grind off the top layer of pavement on the street and then resurface the road with about two inches of asphalt. City officials said they decided to completely close the street so they could complete the project in one week instead of three weeks.
The city arranged on Friday with the contractor to keep the intersections at 10th and 12th streets open for most of Monday through Wednesday with flag control.
“It will probably cost the city a little more money,” Vitous said. “It’s more in response to traffic congestion.”
Nance praised the city for responding quickly to concerns about access.
“We so appreciate the city being collaborative and making such a great effort,” Nance said.