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Construction begins on downtown Okemos project

Posted at 8:10 PM, Jul 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-10 20:10:53-04

OKEMOS, Mich. — Summer construction is in full swing in the downtown Okemos area. It's part of the preparation work for the Village of Okemos Redevelopment Project.

The Wolverine Building Group is taking the steps to make sure the soil and water are free of toxic chemicals. In order to get the contaminated soil out, they have to dig it up.

"In preparation for the big dig for the mass excavation is were driving sheet piling behind me which essentially supports the road for us to do excavation right beyond the edge of the road limits," said Randy Baker, the director of construction.

Once the construction is complete, crews will open Hamilton Road, and a portion of Ardmore Avenue, back up.

Construction crews are encouraging drivers to use the alternative exit that will take you up Okemos Road.

On Tuesday evening, the township board approved the Village of Okemos plan.

The developer working on the project spoke to News Ten about their plans.

"We've got a great project, uh underway here and it's going to require a lot of patience," said Will Randle from True North Development.

"Unfortunately these things don't happen quickly," Randle added.

He always mentioned that it's always a challenge to leave a road way system open during construction and that they are doing all they can.

You can find updates on the construction, HERE

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