Downtown Jackson getting back to normal after DIG project

JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – After nearly a year and a half of digging up the streets of downtown Jackson, residents and businesses are getting back to normal.

Jackson officials say it was a necessary endeavor to improve the city.

After all of that work to plan, remove and replace streets to revamp infrastructure systems underneath the city roads, things cleaned up for businesses in the heart of downtown Jackson.

“Everything went really smooth, the contractors were great to work with uh making everything convenient for us to get in, you know, in our doors and everything went great,” said Randy Lemaster, owner, Chase Sports Bar.

“Yes, I was in favor of it. Downtown needed it if you wanted to grow, if you wanted to be successful in the future so yes it was needed,” said Justin Schuberg, manager, Walt’s Health Foods.

Those two business representatives understood the city of Jackson’s reasoning behind a lengthy project which was the majority of responses city hall received.

“Construction hasn’t helped obviously. Any construction isn’t going to be helpful in any way. Uh, but we did it as quickly as we possibly could. And uh, now that it’s over with I think the perception has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Will Forgrave, public information officer, city of Jackson.

Even though some of the businesses weren’t affected by it what about the customers that traveled down these streets every day?

“They always left it so you could come in either from the north or the south. So, even though the main strip of Michigan Ave was closed at times they were still able to find convenient ways to get around on the side streets,” said Daasha Webster, customer.

After replacing aging water pipes and sewer main lines, the city of Jackson expects businesses to have better infrastructures.

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