PERE MARQUETTE TWP. — Jebavy Drive reopened Friday morning to all traffic, according to Andy Larr, the superintendent of utilities and public works for Pere Marquette Charter Township.
Jebavy Drive between U.S. 10 and Johnson Road was closed Monday to connect the new Captain Chuck’s sporting goods store and development area that are currently under construction nearby to the township’s water and sewer lines.
The project has progressed ahead of schedule, considering the initial estimated time of completion for the utilities work and road closure was seven to 10 days, Larr said. Jebavy Drive reopened just before 8 a.m. Friday, he added.
“It was supposed to be a seven- to- 10-day window, but the contractor put in some extra hours and got it open (Friday) morning,” Larr said, adding, “I’m sure that will make the motorists a lot happier.”
The road is open again to traffic, but motorists should still be careful when driving through the area because workers will be present at times doing the remaining landscaping work on the sides of the roadway, he said.
“There’s still going to be a little work being done on the shoulders for the next few days and the early part of next week ... so pay attention and look out for workers on the side of the road,” Larr said. “But it shouldn’t affect traffic flow at all.”
Schultz Excavating is the contractor on the job, which included installing water and sewer connections, adding a new manhole and repaving a section of the road and curb, which was completed Thursday, Larr said. He said the remaining work includes leveling the ground and planting grass.
Larr said the project progressed well.
“We try to anticipate the worst and hope for the best, and I think it ended up being pretty good in the grand scheme of things,” he added.