WHAT'S GOING ON? ... with some Antrim Township Roads

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
One side of the bridge abutment on Hykes Road is well underway. It will span the Norfolk Southern train tracks leading to its terminal in Antrim Township.

Hykes Road is open and Milnor Road is closed to through-traffic. Really. The oft-postponed change to traffic patterns finally occurred, as Norfolk Southern reached the point in its construction of an overpass that its equipment would be out of the way.

Hykes was first expected to reopen Oct. 24, but it was delayed until Dec. 5, and the next morning Milnor was closed, leaving turnarounds on each side of the train tracks for people who live or have business on the rural road.

Hykes will be shifted up to 140 feet to accomodate the bridge, and motorists will find a concrete barrier between them and the contractors working on the project. It should be completed next December.

Antrim Township hired Dewberry Engineering to watch construction. Administrator Brad Graham said the firm has provided thorough inspections and reports and caught some problems with a concrete pour. That was corrected satisfactorily.

In 2012 Antrim will design and engineer improvements to Hykes, which is a narrow road. The following year it plans to rebuild the road, including replacing the sewer main running alongside.

Graham has not received any complaints from the public about the rerouting of traffic from Milnor.

Motorists can no longer get there from here. Anyone traveling Milnor Road will be stopped by a barrier, and can turn around in a cul-de-sac at either end. The change was required as Norfolk Southern constructs its intermodal facility.