Mild Winter Allows Great Progress on SoHa’s Center Street Project

While skiers, skaters and snowmobile fans have been sitting on the sidelines for a good chunk of the early part of winter in Michigan’s Great Southwest, builders and contractors have found the milder weather to be a great boon to progress at a time when they least expected it.

By way of example, Center Street through the central business district of downtown South Haven is starting to become an actual street once again. While the street is still many weeks away from being re-opened to traffic, contractors have been able to capitalize on the decidedly unseasonable weather of late to not only finish up underground infrastructure, they’ve begun pouring hundreds of yards of new concrete there.

After spending several months working on the sub-surface infrastructure including water lines, storm water and sewage lines, electrical upgrades and more, contractors began to pour the concrete that will form the street between Williams Street to the north and Michigan Avenue to the south.

The project is costing an estimated $3 million, but will dramatically improve the quality of life for residents and visitors alike to the South Haven neighborhood.

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The recent cooperative winter weather has allowed the contractors to pour some 655 cubic yards of concrete to form the middle part of the new roadway.

While it is nowhere near ready to be re-opened to traffic, the unexpected dividend of workable weather is allowing for progress to be made at a time when many expected things to be sidelined. The goal for completion of the project which will include landscaping is Memorial Day. Stay tuned.

The photo accompanying this story on Moody on the Market is courtesy of Tom Renner.