ALMA -Signs of progress are popping up all over the city of Alma. Unfortunately those signs read “road work ahead” and “consider alternate route” which, in turn, translates into delays, detours and disruption for motorists trying to navigate the situations.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work diligently to improve the streets in our city,” said Alma Public Works Director Mark Yardley.

The signs reflect work at two separate intersections in the city. Both projects began earlier this week and, when completed, should make navigating two of the city’s busiest intersections a lot easier.

The first will result in improvements on East Collum Lane from Hwy. 71 to Mountain Grove Road and will include widening the road to allow for a center turn lane, the addition of drainage and curb and guttering, the addition of LED street lighting and sidewalks.

This work will require the suspension of westbound traffic for the duration of the project. Motorists are being directed to use Hwy. 64 as an alternate route during this time.

Traffic is also being disrupted on West Cherry St. and Fayetteville Ave. for a project that will include the complete reconstruction of the streets involved in that intersection, including the addition of new drainage, curb and guttering, sidewalks and LED street lighting.

Motorists are being advised to expect significant delays in the project area and, to avoid these delays, the use of Marsha Woolly Drive as an alternate route to the south side of town is recommended.

Yardley said the city expects the East Collum Lane project to take approximately 150 days and the West Cherry St./Fayetteville Ave. project to take approximately 240 days.

Citizens having questions about these projects are invited to call the city at 632-2254 during normal working hours.