Some of St. Michael’s original roads, including Ash and Birch streets and First Street Northeast, are getting a facelift this summer.
Crews began tearing up Ash Street Monday, July 7, near the St. Michael Catholic School parking area. First Street wasn’t far behind, as the city looks to improve storm drains and sewers and run utilities through the area.
“It’s a very old part of St. Michael that has needed some work for some time, and we’re excited to get this project underway this year. It’s not quite as glamourous as adding a third lane on to I-94, but it’s just as important to the community to keep this streets in condition and up to par,” said City Administrator and Engineer Steve Bot.
The total scope of the project includes about seven blocks. Funds will come from the city’s street improvement budget, which targets projects such as recon and sealcoating each year.
Drivers in the area should be aware the “cut through” routes of Ash and other streets on the north side of Highway 241 will be closed for the majority of July and August, and should plan accordingly.
Parents using Ash to access the St. Michael Catholic School parking lot can use First Street, off of 241, and park in the Preschool parking lot, just to the east of the school, according to school staff.