April 5, 2013 – A construction project to improve water capacity and increase motorist safety on Jefferson and Wackerly streets begins the week of April 8.


For a two-month period between April 8 and mid-June, motorists should expect intermittent road closures on both Jefferson Avenue and Wackerly Street while construction crews install new water main, widen Jefferson at its intersection with Wackerly, and resurface Jefferson between the Highway US-10 overpass and Joe Mann Boulevard.


“The improvements to our water and road system will help accommodate the commercial and residential growth near US-10 and the Midland Mall,” said City Engineer Brian McManus.  “It will also help move traffic and increase visibility in an increasingly busy intersection.”


A secondary water main connection north of US-10 will be installed to help increase water capacity and provide a backup to the primary main in the area.


Construction work will require two- to three-day closures of stretches of roadway on both Jefferson and Wackerly, though not at the same time.  As work progresses, detour routes will be posted to redirect traffic through affected areas.  Motorists who use the Jefferson and Wackerly intersection should expect significant traffic delays, and may want to find their own alternate routes to destinations in the area.


The project is expected to be complete by June 15.


Stay up-to-date on the project’s progress through the City of Midland website (, Facebook page (, MGTV-96 message board, press releases, and City Hall News, the City’s free weekly e-newsletter.  To subscribe to City Hall News, look for the link on the City website home page.


Call City Engineering at 989-837-3348 with any questions, or to be added to a project-specific e-mail list for project updates and advisories.