Saginaw’s Hand Dipped Ice Cream parlor on Sheridan Avenue and Hess Avenue is facing frustration after the unexpected closure of a major intersection that will last for months during peak season. On Monday, March 25, construction closed the intersection without prior notice to commuters or businesses in the area.

Fred Temple, an employee of the family-owned Hand Dipped Ice Cream company, arrived at work to find hard hats and orange barrels for a remodeling project that had begun on the street. The closure is not expected to be lifted until August 9, which has raised concerns for Temple and other businesses in the area.

The closure has affected traffic flow, and the city is urging residents to find alternative routes to their destinations. Temple believes the closings will deter shoppers from visiting the stores, especially during the upcoming Fourth of July celebrations. Despite these challenges, Temple still encourages people to visit Hand Dipped Ice Cream for its delicious treats. In addition to ice cream, the store also offers tacos and tostadas for customers to enjoy.

In addition to the intersection closures at Sheridan Avenue and Hess Avenue, Gratiot Avenue (M-46) is also closed between Malzahn Street and Wheeler Street for utility work until Friday afternoon, March 29. The combination of these closings is creating disruptions for businesses and residents in Saginaw as they navigate through this period of construction.

By Samantha Johnson

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