Construction Planning and Progress Meeting
A170 Henry Center
April 12, 2012
Construction Junctions are the Physical Plant’s monthly public meeting designed to update/inform the public of various projects currently in design, nearing construction and under construction. Agenda items included:
Q: Are we getting feedback about whether signs are helpful?
A: The people we have given them to, such as the staff of the MSU Library, were happy to get them, but we haven't heard from the general public.
Q: Will there be pedestrian access across Chestnut Road when it is closed?
A: We haven’t had that meeting yet. We did that on the West Circle Steam Loop project. We will look at that.
Q: You are closing Kalamazoo Street in phase one. Where are you detouring traffic?
A: We are sending them down Chestnut Road.
Q: What will happen to access to the baseball field?
A: That will be accessible at all times.
Northbound US-127 Auxiliary Lane Widening (Michigan Department of Transportation)
Q: Will this project help with the northbound traffic jams in the mornings?
A: Yes, it will make it so if you only need to go one exit, you don’t have to merge onto the highway.
Q: When will the I-96 closures begin?
A: We are not sure yet. It will be limited to 10 weekends, and we will avoid holidays.
Harrison Road Reconstruction from Trowbridge Road to Mt. Hope Road (City of East Lansing)
Q: Are you going to change the timing of the traffic signals on the detours?
A: Those are campus signals. The University is not planning on retiming them, but the lights will be adjusted if it is necessary. A traffic engineer will be monitoring to see if a change needs to be made.
Q: When the project is done, will there be any enhanced pedestrian signals?
A: There was not anything in the budget at this time for that.
Q: The timing has been excellent lately on the traffic lights on Harrison Road. Will we go back to that pattern after that work?
A: When a train goes through, it sets off the signal, and it takes seven to 10 minutes for the light to be resequenced. If another train goes through, it throws everything off. So, if it has been working well, it is because there has not been a train.
Q: How many trains come through the area?
A: When Farm Lane work was done, there were more than 60 trains per day, and some were two miles in length.
Q: What is that small white light that is on the signal at Trowbridge Road and Harrison Road?
A: Those are the emergency flashers that go off when an ambulance, fire truck or police car goes by.
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