Otsego considers changes to M-89

Otsego city commissioners approved hiring an engineering firm to help in the process of reshaping M-89 through downtown.

City commissioners voted Monday, July 21, to approve the hiring of local firm C2AE.

“(The firm) will work with us on completing a survey and helping us with design and holding public forums,” city manager Thad Beard said.

The hiring is connected to the city’s hopes to improve the looks of the downtown.

“It’s the first set in improving Allegan Street in the core downtown,” Beard said.

A drawing at city hall shows some ideas, but Beard emphasized it was just a concept. Generally, ideas to slow traffic down in the few blocks of the core downtown and a possible change of the road from five lanes to three lanes with angle parking on the streets are being considered.

Beard said he was recommending the city use money it would get from the State of Michigan for road improvements on changes downtown, rather than repaving and improving infrastructure beneath South Farmer Street.

The project downtown is estimated around $300,000, while the other project is much more because it would include improvements to the water and sewer beneath the street.

For full story, pick up a copy of the July 28 issue of The Union Enterprise or subscribe to the e-edition.

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