Wakefield Street changes coming.
Written by Jesse Baroka on January 12, 2021
WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield City Council has agreed with a Michigan Department of Transportation plant to reduce access points to M-28, which is scheduled for a rebuild next year. Brian Kass, a Michigan Department of Transportation engineer, said the work is being funded by a federal grant and that the kinds of access points being considered have problems with sight distance and geometry (safety issues) or are very lightly used. The first Wakefield change will be for safety. Fletcher Road’s outlet near the dam will be eliminated. As it is, cars are forbidden to make right turns (which would place them southbound on M-28), for safety reasons. Kass said the problem is “sight distance.” The other street being closed is Smith, between the school playground and the former site of the Wakefield Community Building. The city can either abandon that portion of the street, ceding the property equally to the neighboring landowners, the school district and Forward, Wakefield, which holds the Community Building property, or simply maintain ownership of the right-of-way, said city manager Robert Brown. The state has offered to redo the major outlet from Brotherton Location, Harju Street, with an improved turn radius, curb and gutters and new pavement from Fletcher Drive to the highway. The state also had proposed ending the outlet to M-28 near the former quarry on the north edge of town, as well as a portion of Hook Street, which mainly serves an ad hoc campground located on the former landing of the Sunday Lake Mine. More in this weeks Wakefield News / Bessemer Pick and Axe.