Recent rainy weather has hampered the work on the DeSoto Road project in Lansing, but a city official said the project is actually slightly ahead of schedule.

“They’ve been making good progress until this weather hit,” said Jeff Rupp, public works director for the city of Lansing. “It’s coming along, but it’s a big project and it’s going to take some time.”

The $6.1 million project will replace a section of DeSoto Road from Eisenhower Road to the bridge just south of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church.

Rupp said much of the work so far has been to prepare for the road replacement. He said two major developments in the work have been the installation of two box culverts.

“The plan is to get all of the stormwater work finished, and then they will start laying pavement,” he said. “So far, a lot of the work has been underground. But pretty soon, they will be paving.”

Linaweaver Construction in Lansing is the contractor for the job.

“We’re glad that a Lansing company has a big Lansing job like this,” said Rupp.

DeSoto Road has been closed to through traffic since the project began several weeks ago, but Rupp said a portion of the road from the bridge south to 4-H Road could be opened this summer.

He said residents in the area have been adapting to the road closure.

“I haven’t gotten even one phone call from people complaining,” he said. “I think people understand.”

Rupp said DeSoto Road was getting heavy traffic. He said 8,000 vehicles traveled on the road each day before the road closure.

Since then, traffic has been diverted to Main Street in Lansing to 4-H Road.

Rupp said the completion target date is November 2020, but he said depending on the weather, the project could be completed before then.