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CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A construction project to revamp a 3.5 mile stretch of 28th Street SE is now set to begin on March 18.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will begin the construction project one week later than first planned.

Workers will put a new asphalt surface on 28th between Breton and Patterson, and completely rebuild the street between Patterson and I-96.

People who live and work in that area were able to ask MDOT about the project at a public hearing Wednesday evening. 

Most of the people who showed up for the meeting at the Cascade Library were representatives from area businesses.  Knowing that up to 40,000 cars pass through the area every day, they're concerned about possibly losing customers during the eight month project.

A Target store employee asked if there will be an increased bottleneck at the intersection right off I-96 leading into his store during the day.  An MDOT representative answered people can expect backups. In the first few months, it will be one-lane, in each direction.

The Wyoming Kentwood Chamber of Commerce president was concerned about a much bigger bottleneck coming in August -- the 28th Street Metro Cruise.

"It goes from Grandville to Cascade. We draw about 300,000 people over the weekend.  How is that going to affect our event?" asked Bob O'Callaghan of the chamber.

An MDOT official told O'Callaghan that from Patterson Ave. to I-96, 28th Street would still be one lane in each direction in August.  By that month, at least one-half of the 28th Street stretch between Breton Road and Patterson should be completed.  The representative also said the normal construction hours for the Breton to Patterson stretch -- 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. -- could be changed to accommodate the increased Cruise traffic.

"We could start the traffic restrictions a little bit later." said John Richards, MDOT spokesman.  "Maybe we start at 10 p.m. on an affected night.  Anything we can do to make it easier for him."

Another man asked if MDOT had plans to change the timing of lights along 29th Street to coincide with the traffic issues.  The state representative said there were no plans at this time, but the department would monitor the area for traffic backups.

For now, expect project delays on 28th Street to be an average of nine minutes during peak hours, and four minutes during off-peak hours.

On March 18th, crews will start putting up temporary signals and doing sidewalk work, as well as with the temporary widening on the north side of 28th Street between Patterson and I-96.  Resurfacing won't start until June.

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