I-496 construction request heard at Lansing City Council meeting

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – With a long stretch of construction about to begin on one of Lansing’s busiest highways, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is looking to find ways to do it without creating a hassle for commuters.

Construction is scheduled to begin early next year on I-496 between Lansing Road and Grand River. The MDOT is asking the city of Lansing for a noise ordinance waiver so that crews can work between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. and on weekends and holidays.

On Monday evening, a public hearing was held at the city council meeting to seek input from people living along this stretch, although only one person wrote a letter to city council expressing concerns, and no one else did not show up to ring the bell.

A spokesperson for MDOT attended the meeting to allay concerns about possible construction noise.

Council member Kathie Dunbar said: “She asks us to consider stopping this construction of [10 p.m.] at 6 a.m. in this section. Council member Dunbar read the only letter submitted to city council for the public hearing on MDOT’s request to waive the noise ordinance and allow construction crews to work nights on weekends and weekends. holidays.

Greg Losch of MDOT said, “We would really need to look at the specific locations and see what kind of noise they would be affected by.”

Losch attended the hearing to address any concerns. He says he doesn’t think noise will be too much of a problem in most areas. In fact, he says he predicts that most of the noises heard will not come from construction at all.

“The work on the freeway itself, with the exception of some of the bridges, is at the bottom of these houses,” Losch said. “There is going to be some noise, but I guess emergency alarms are going to be the majority of what people hear. But there isn’t much we can do about it because it’s a security requirement. “

The MDOT said it has an excellent working relationship with Lansing and does not anticipate that this waiver will be denied.

The waiver would take effect from January 24 to December 1 of next year and from March 1 to November 15, 2023.

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