Occidental Hwy. open, Maumee St. now closed to through traffic

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Barricades block traffic on S. Maumee Street on Thursday, July 25, as roadwork continues. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

Road construction work has now shifted from S. Occidental to Maumee Street, but both projects continue to be the focus of this summer’s street repairs in the city.

“Occidental is not complete yet, but it’s paved and open,” said Tim Bock, Superintendent of Tecumseh’s Department of Public Works. He added that restoration work would take place on S. Occidental at the end of August.

Maumee Street, between M-50 and Russell Road, is currently closed to through traffic as crews have shifted their attention to that street.

The Tecumseh Department of Public Works and the Tecumseh Police Department are requesting the assistance of motorists traveling in that area and issued a release about the closure, noting, “residents in the affected area are asked to enter and exit Maumee St. from the cross street that is nearest to their residence.”

The release also stated that citizens needing to access Herrick Hospital are encouraged to enter from the M-50 entrance, however, those responding to an emergency and headed to the emergency room may still take the quickest, safest route to reach the hospital.

Motorists are reminded that even though there may not be active work occurring on the roadway, hazardous conditions may exist that require closures. Motorists who disregard posted traffic control devices are subject to being stopped and cited.

Bock said people don’t always understand that when a street is closed to through traffic, they need to take the shortest way in if they absolutely have to be there.

Those who utilize the Tecumseh Post Office exit onto Maumee St. and Bock said he expected that portion of the roadway to remain open.

“There will be some inconvenience as people come out that drive,” he said. City officials are also working with Post Office officials regarding access.

“Weather permitting, Maumee Street should at least be paved by the end of next week,” Bock said. “That’s the plan. But the emphasis is on ‘weather permitting.’”

Both projects were made possible through a Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) grant.

A road project on Rogers Highway and M-50 is expected to commence late this summer. MDOT recently awarded a bid of $454,000 for that project to the Michigan Paving and Materials Company.

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