The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is in the process of constructing a new pedestrian overpass spanning Telegraph Road that will connect with the Clinton River Trail on each side of Telegraph to ensure pedestrians can cross the major north-south artery safely.
The project is being facilitated at the Pontiac/Sylvan Lake border, just north of Orchard Lake Road where the Clinton River Trail intersects with Telegraph.
The project that was expected to begin early March was delayed three weeks until the state frost laws were lifted.
“That put the project on the the back burner so essentially we’re three weeks behind,” said MDOT Spokesperson Rob Morosi.
MDOT warns motorists to expect intermittent single and double lane closures through Monday, April 25 along both northbound and southbound Telegraph. Two lanes of southbound traffic will be maintained daily from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and two lanes of northbound traffic will be maintained daily from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Northbound Telegraph Road will be closed next Saturday, April 30, for the installation of steel beams, an effort that requires heavy machinery.
“After they open up the northbound side, they will be working on top without any impact to traffic,” Morosi said.
In conjunction with the construction of the actual steel support, crews are building the walking surface, Morosi said.
The city of Pontiac was awarded $2 million in stimulus federal dollars to fund the project, which is anticipated to be completed in late June.