Officials estimate that a road project targeting 14 Mile Road, from South Washington to Bellevue avenues, and Main Street, from Gardner to Broadacre avenues, will begin this April.

Officials estimate that a road project targeting 14 Mile Road, from South Washington to Bellevue avenues, and Main Street, from Gardner to Broadacre avenues, will begin this April.

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Clawson to rehab portions of 14 Mile Road and Main Street

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published March 6, 2018

CLAWSON — Officials estimate that a major road project targeting 14 Mile Road, from South Washington to Bellevue avenues, and Main Street, from Gardner to Broadacre avenues, will begin in April and conclude before June.

On Feb. 20, the Clawson City Council unanimously approved a resolution to enter into a contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation to complete the road project.

The cost of the project is approximately $1.2 million. A federal surface transportation grant covers 60 percent of the cost, and the city of Clawson will pay 40 percent.

Harry Drinkwine, director of engineering services for the city, said the city’s cost would actually be up in the $700,000 range because of engineering fees.

“We have been rehabilitating our major roads,” Drinkwine said. “Ten years ago, we reconstructed a big portion of West 14 Mile Road, and the following year, we did North Main Street, but we really have not done much more than that since then.”

He said the road project slated for this year would finish off the majority of the roads in Clawson that have not been addressed for some time. He added that a joint road project to fix South Crooks Road along the Royal Oak and Clawson border is slated for 2019.

“We’re going to mill off the existing asphalt, fix all the curbs, replace signage and address handicapped ramps,” Drinkwine said.

Drinkwine, who sits on the federal aid board for road funding in the county, said he was grateful for the grant, which the city obtained in 2016, to make the project a reality.

“All of the communities in the county compete for funding. There’s so little funding,” he said.

At press time, he said the next step of the project would be for MDOT to bid the project, with a March 2 letting date.

“Once that contract is awarded, basically the city and their engineers will take over to oversee the project,” Drinkwine said. “We’re hoping that Mother Nature cooperates and we can get it completed prior to the Fourth of July, before all of the summer Clawson events, but there are no guarantees.”

At the Feb. 20 City Council meeting, officials said the cost of the project would be discussed at a March 6 meeting regarding the selling of bonds, after press time.

“I don’t know how you say no to (receiving matching federal grant money),” Mayor Pro Tem Matt Ulbrich said at the Feb. 20 meeting. 

City Manager Mark Pollock did not return requests for comment by press time.

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.