(IMLAY CITY) -- The much anticipated Lamb Steele Parking Lot Project started this week and is expected to take 45 days. The project includes replacing the entire parking lot from the Lamb Steele Building to the Farmers Market. The water and sewer lines that run in the alley from Third to Fourth street will all be replaced. Kim Marrone, DDA Director, reminds residents and visitors that the alleyway will be closed to traffic starting Monday September 23 and will remain closed until the project is complete. The alternate route is Main Street. The project was made possible through a DIG Grant applied for by the Imlay City DDA. They received $479,500 from the State of Michigan. The improvements will provide safe parking in Imlay City, as well as the replacement of the water and sewer mains. One highlight of the project is the "Green" aspect with bioswales, which naturally handle water runoff, LED lighting and an electric car charging station.