Road construction project over budget and past deadline in Jackson County

MICHIGAN CENTER, Mich. (WLNS) – A Jackson County Community has been dealing with a road construction project all summer that doesn’t seem to have an end in sight.

It’s been a rough summer for businesses in Michigan Center.

“We’re really fed up,” said Carol Jennings, who works downtown.

Three blocks of the main drag, Fifth Street, has been under construction since late May.

“It’s making it hard for the residents to be able to get in and out of the businesses because of the way they’ve done the construction,” said Todd Pickett, who owns property downtown.

The construction company hired to replace sidewalks and curbs has gone over schedule and over budget.

After months of construction, authorities in Jackson County aren’t satisfied with the quality of the construction, and want the company to repair work they just did.

Jackson County has stepped in; giving $230,000 so the project can be finished.

“I think it’s terrible. It should have been done for the amount of money they had,” Jennings said.

This construction project isn’t even close to being finished.

After crews repair the sidewalks and curb, the street will be torn up and repaved.

“There was very poor communication all through the construction. I’m just as guilty. I am the supervisor so I will take full responsibility,” said Leoni Township Supervisor Todd Brittain.

Brittain said the road repaving is being done by a different contractor, and this entire project should be done by winter.

“When it’s going to be done, it’s going to be a nice project. It’s just sad it’s taking so long,” Brittain said.

The Jackson County Department of Transportation says they’re holding the contractor accountable, and the project is now back on track.

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