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Saginaw Business Frustrated by Lengthy Intersection Closure


Mar 26, 2024

A mid-Michigan ice cream shop in Saginaw is facing frustration due to a major intersection closure that will last for months during its peak season. Construction closed the intersection of Sheridan Avenue and Hess Avenue starting on Monday, March 25. This closure was an unexpected surprise for commuters and businesses in the area.

Fred Temple, who works at the family-owned Hand Dipped Ice Cream on Sheridan Avenue, was shocked to see the hard hats and orange barrels blocking the intersection. The reconstruction project on the street is not expected to be completed until Aug. 9, causing concerns for local businesses who rely on the traffic at the intersection.

Temple expressed his frustration with the closure, stating that the extended timeline for the project is excessive. Hand Dipped Ice Cream was not aware of the closure in advance, and Temple believes there could have been a better way to conduct the project without disrupting businesses in the area.

Despite the construction, Temple is still encouraging customers to visit the ice cream shop and enjoy their products. He mentioned that they offer a variety of treats, including tacos, tostadas, and 30 flavors of ice cream. Temple also mentioned plans for Fourth of July fireworks and hopes that the road closure will not deter customers from visiting the shop.

In addition to the closure at Sheridan and Hess Avenues, Gratiot Avenue (M-46) is also closed between Malzahn Street and Wheeler Street in Saginaw until Friday afternoon, March 29, due to utility work. The combination of road closures is causing inconvenience for commuters and businesses in the area.

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