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MDOT plans roundabout at M-52 and Werkner Road

M-52 and Werkner Road, site of the proposed MDOT roundabout.
M-52 and Werkner Road, site of the proposed MDOT roundabout.

The Lima Township Board met on Monday, Feb. 9, and while not in the township, officials were alerted to a new roundabout project planned by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) on M-52.

In FY 2016, MDOT is expected to construct a $1.226 million roundabout at the intersection of M-52 and Werkner Road in Sylvan Township and the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study or WATS, received $1.1 million in safety grant funding to construct the traffic calming device.

For a safety grant to be awarded, officials apply for the funding based on crash and other safety statistics in the area and compete with other projects across the state for the funding.

Other county transportation awards were:

  • $60,000 to Chelsea for a $75,000 resurfacing project on Dexter-Chelsea Road from North Freer west 1,900 feet
  • $244,000 to Chelsea for a $305,000 resurfacing project on Sibley Road from M-52 to West Industrial
  • $8,000 to Washtenaw Area Value Express (WAVE) for $10,000 in computer equipment

Lima Township will hold its annual meeting with the Washtenaw County Road Commission to discuss road projects for 2015 and beyond. The meeting will take place at township hall on March 9 at 5 p.m., before the regularly scheduled Lima Township Board meeting at 7 p.m. Residents are encouraged to attend.

In other business, a Special Land Use application was unanimously approved by the board for Verizon to construct a wireless communications tower off of South Lima Center Road near the corner of Jackson Road.

The board also unanimously authorized the upgrade of the township’s BS and A tax assessor software at a cost of $8,630.

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