Upgrading traffic signals in 21 close-to-home locations

July 31, 2015

Where there was once an island in the middle of High Street in Mt. Pleasant, JRE is shown compacting the gravel aggregate base in preparation for an asphalt patch.
Where there was once an island in the middle of High Street in Mt. Pleasant, JRE is shown compacting the gravel aggregate base in preparation for an asphalt patch.
Crews used the tremie method to pour concrete below the ground water for a strain pole foundation. The rising concrete from the bottom displaces the water without jeopardizing the quality of concrete or creating a dangerous change in pressure at the bottom of the hole.
Upgraded signals are in place at the corner of  Main and High Street, just before the traffic signal cut over.
Marty Bauer (left) Steve Wazny are shown pushing wire through conduit at the corner of Main Street & High Street in Mt. Pleasant.
As Marty Bauer and Steve Wazny feed wire from raised buckets above, Brett Stern guides the conduit on the ground.
Marty Bauer (left) Steve Wazny are shown pushing wire through conduit at the corner of Main Street & High Street in Mt. Pleasant.
Once the crew saw cuts and breaks the existing concrete at the southeast corner of Superior Street and Wright Avenue in Alma, large pieces of concrete are removed using an excavator.
Large pieces of concrete are removed using an excavator in preparation for new, accessible sidewalks and ramps.

J. Ranck Electric crews haven’t had to travel far from the JRE headquarters to upgrade traffic signals, replace sidewalks and ramps, and remove medians in Mt. Pleasant, Alma, and Clare. Each of the 21 traffic signal locations that make up the project varies, with some intersections needing modern signals and sidewalks and a couple locations only requiring sign work.

One unique part of the job has been removing the islands on High St. in Mt. Pleasant to make way for turning lanes. The island removal is part of a larger plan to convert Main Street and Washington Street from one-way streets into two two-way streets between CMU and downtown Mt. Pleasant.