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Contact City Engineering - Phone: 989-837-3348 Email: bmcmanus@midland-mi.org

Frequently Asked Questions

City Construction Projects

How can I find out what City of Midland construction projects are currently taking place, and what projects are planned for the remainder of this calendar year?

Who should I contact with questions about curb cuts, constructing my own sidewalk or driveway, etc.?

If the City works on a project in front of my house and the outlawn area is affected, am I responsible for landscaping after the project is complete?

What is crack sealing, and how does it help Midland roads?

Traffic Control

Who should I contact if I have a traffic signal concern?

How do I request a traffic control order for a block party?

Miscellaneous

How can I get a map of Midland?

Where can I go to find maps/records of sanitary and storm sewers and water mains throughout the city?

What is the public right-of-way?

How can I find out more about Eastman Avenue traffic issues?

Answers

How can I find out what City of Midland construction projects are currently taking place, and what projects are planned for the remainder of this calendar year?

Current and future construction project information can be found on the City’s Construction Updates web page. This web page is updated almost daily during the City's construction season, which runs from approximately April through November.

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Who should I contact with questions about curb cuts, constructing my own sidewalk or driveway, etc.?

Contact the Engineering Department Office at 989-837-3348. It is also helpful to read information on driveway, curb cuts and sidewalk standards before starting a project.

Also, if your project involves sidewalk or driveway construction, refer to the following information regarding Engineering specifications for such projects: Typical Residential Driveway and Sidewalk Construction Detail.

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If the City works on a project in front of my house and the outlawn area is affected, am I responsible for landscaping after the project is complete?

Following the City's construction on a street, driveway or sidewalk near private property, the City's contractor will place new topsoil and hydroseed in all disturbed areas.

A pamphlet about the care and watering of the newly seeded surfaces will be given to all property owners upon completion of City projects. Property owners are encouraged to read and follow the directions in this pamphlet to assure growth of the new lawn area.

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What is crack sealing, and how does it help Midland roads?

Crack sealing consists of filling in cracked roadway surfaces with specified materials to prevent the intrusion of water into the pavement. Water that seeps into the roadway base material starts the rapid deterioration of the pavement surface.

The City's Engineering Department completes crack sealing projects on a portion of Midland's roadways each year to extend the life of existing pavement surfaces.

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Who should I contact if I have a traffic signal concern?>

For traffic issues that are of an emergency nature and/or need to be addressed immediately - such as a traffic light out - citizens are encouraged to call 9-1-1.

Traffic safety concerns or suggestions about things like parking, speed limit or stop signs, new traffic signals, changes in traffic, signal operation, school crossings, etc., can be directed to the Engineering Department through the City's Action Line Request service. Online request forms allow you to notify the City about your traffic concern/suggestion quickly and easily.

Requests for, or questions about, changes to traffic signals may also be sent via e-mail to jmurphy@midland-mi.org.

Complaints regarding speeding or other traffic enforcement issues should be directed to the Midland Police Department at 989-839-4714.

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How do I request a traffic control order for a block party?

Requests for neighborhood block parties may be made to the City Engineer, who may issue a traffic control order permitting such activity. Click here to download a blank petition form and information sheet.

To request a traffic control order for such a gathering, contact the Engineering Department three (3) weeks before the scheduled event.

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How can I get a map of Midland?

Detailed street maps of the city are updated regularly and available for free from the City Clerk's Office or City Engineer's Office, 333 W. Ellsworth St., Midland, Mich. Call the Clerk's Office at 989-837-3310 or the Engineering Department at 989-837-3348 for more information or to have a map mailed to you.

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Where can I go to find maps/records of sanitary and storm sewers and water mains throughout the city?

Maps of the city's water and sewer systems are on file and can be viewed at the City's Engineering Department, located on the second floor of Midland City Hall.

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What is the public right-of-way?

To allow enough space to accommodate a city street, sidewalk, necessary utilities, and areas separating the street from the sidewalk, most urban residential areas require a 60-foot-wide strip of property. This is known as the public right-of-way. (Larger streets require a wider right-of-way.)

In most residential settings, the sidewalk edge closest to a home is within two (2) feet of the public right-of-way line, which is also the private property line.

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How can I find out more about Eastman Avenue traffic issues? Click here to find out the latest on traffic improvement plans for busy Eastman Avenue near the Midland Mall.

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