West Main Street reconstruction project in Troy progresses

Main storm sewer installed; crews surprised to find part of old canal bridge just below ground

TROY — Six months into the multimillion dollar West Main Street reconstruction project, city officials said they are happy with progress so far.

“With the main underground storm sewer already installed, progress can be seen with the street widening, sidewalk and drive approach replacement and traffic signal installation,” said Jill Rhoades, Troy’s city engineer.

The project contracts were awarded earlier this year to T.C. Holzen Inc. for the utility improvements project for $1,180,383 and to Double Jay Construction Inc. for $8,467,126 for the phase one reconstruction.

The project is split into two phases with phase two going from Ridge Avenue west to near the Interstate 75 interchange. The estimated timeframe for phase two is a fall 2023 start.

Two contracts are in the works along Main Street at this point.

  • Double Jay Construction with the contract for phase one covers all the work taking place east of Ridge Avenue. This work involves widening the street; replacing the sidewalks, drive approaches, traffic signals; and expanding the street scape downtown between Short Street and Cherry Street.
  • TC Holzen is installing the duct bank west of Ridge Avenue. The duct bank is to allow a place for the overhead utilities to be relocated to underground west of Ridge Avenue. After the overhead utilities are relocated, there will be a separate construction project that will improve the street similar to the phase one project, which will include widening the street and replacing the sidewalks, drive approaches and traffic signals.

The project was in the works for around 10 years and the costs, thanks to inflation, were higher than anticipated, Rhoades said. The budget “is steady” as the construction teams work to minimize additional costs to the project, she said.

The biggest surprise so far was the unearthing of remnants of a former canal bridge so close to the asphalt surface, Rhoades said. The bridge, constructed with riveted girders, was found along the north side of Main Street between Elm and Adams streets near the Kettering Hospital site.

A project report stated that, although there are no records of the bridge in any known archives, the structure appears to have served as a type of lift bridge over the canal.

The city continues to ask the public for patience in dealing with the construction.

“We feel the public has been understanding and great during this first phase of construction,” Rhoades said.

Anyone with questions about the project is asked to reach out at mainstimprovement@primeeng.com. Anyone can sign up for construction progress emails at the same email address.

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