Major Downtown improvement project begins Monday
A major Downtown Merced improvement project begins Oct. 7, and will continue through Dec. 3 on M Street and Main Street.
The project includes reconstructing the roadway on M Street from 16th to 18th streets, and Main from M to N streets. It also includes the installation of storm drain lines on that section of Main Street. Access ramps will be installed on a number of street corners throughout the project area.
There will be intermittent lane closures throughout the construction period from October through December, said City Engineer Mike Beltran.
“We apologize in advance for the disruption,” he said, “However, it’s work that needs to be done. The result will be a much better road and many of the Downtown flooding issues in the area will be addressed.”
The M Street road work is part of an on-going series of projects to improve the City’s major north-south roadway, he said.
The road closures are necessary to accomplish the construction work quickly and in the safest way for the public, he said.
“We want to complete this project in a safe and timely manner,” Beltran said. “We are working to minimize the impacts to the public and businesses in the area.”
Main Street will be closed from approximately Oct. 7 through Nov. 1 and M Street will be closed from Oct. 28 through Dec. 3. An additional closure of M Street will occur in mid-October for approximately three days.
Detour signs will be posted around the project area.