2011-09-29 / Sports

Lyon Township, RCRC collaborate for Lakeview Drive improvements

The Roscommon County Road Commission will begin construction on Oct. 3 on Lakeview Drive in Hillcrest Subdivision 1 in Lyon Township.

Lyon Township Supervisor Fred Koenigbauer said Lakeview Drive’s improvements will include the construction of a “new hard-packed crowned gravel surface.” He added this type of road is designed to handle large volumes of drainage without washing out the road.

“It’s horrible, it’s unacceptable and it’s costly,” Koenigbauer said of the current state of the road. “It requires extensive maintenance... It’s a big river when it rains.”

He explained the construction is intended to “let each property owner handle their fair share of drainage unlike today where all the water and sand ends up filling the ditches at the bottom of Lakeview and along West Higgins Lake Drive.”

Koenigbauer said there will not be a ditch line and the road will not be much wider than it currently is at 20 feet wide.

He said the project is a collaboration between Lyon Township and RCRC to help improve residential subdivision roads at a reasonable price.

He said in the past this type of improvement was so expensive “nobody (townships) could afford” to do the projects. The total cost to improve Lakeview Drive is $35,000 with RCRC’s contribution being $2,200. He added he is not sure of the last time Lakeview Drive has had improvements, saying in the past pavement projects have fallen through and it is time for the upgrade.

Once the project is complete Koenigbauer said the road will be used as a “pilot” that will be a model for other entities as the Lyon Township and RCRC worked together on the completion of the road.

Koenigbauer said while construction is taking place RCRC staff will be able to answer questions residents have during the project period. He added construction is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 14 and “every effort will be made not to disturb the property along side the new road surface.”

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