Crews were slated to begin a resurfacing project on South Campbell Road, from 10 Mile to 11 Mile roads, June 11.

Crews were slated to begin a resurfacing project on South Campbell Road, from 10 Mile to 11 Mile roads, June 11.

Photo by Sarah Wojcik


Construction comes to South Campbell Road

Main Street resurfacing to wrap up next month

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published June 11, 2018

 The Main Street resurfacing project, which spans from 11 Mile Road to Catalpa Drive/Gardenia Avenue and began in mid-May, is scheduled to wrap up by the end of July.

The Main Street resurfacing project, which spans from 11 Mile Road to Catalpa Drive/Gardenia Avenue and began in mid-May, is scheduled to wrap up by the end of July.

Photo by Sarah Wojcik

ROYAL OAK — June 11 was the date slated for a South Campbell Road resurfacing project spanning from 10 Mile to 11 Mile roads to begin, after press time.

The $2.7 million project is expected to wrap up in late October. Royal Oak City Engineer Matthew Callahan said a federal grant covered $1.74 million, and the city will cover approximately $940,000 from its major road fund.

The project includes new traffic signals at East Fourth Street and Dallas Avenue, along with new crosswalks, two pedestrian islands to make crossing the street easier, and a “road diet” that will take the four-lane road down to two traffic lanes, a center turn lane and two outside bike lanes between East Fourth Street and Dallas Avenue.

The scope of the project includes milling off the existing road surface, repairing the concrete base, replacing curbing, replacing driveway approaches and resurfacing the road with asphalt.

The city hired Warren-based Angelo Iafrate Construction to complete the work, and Rochester-based Spalding DeDecker to oversee and inspect the project.

“We’ll have one lane open in each direction while they do the outside work, and then there will be a phase where they’ll push cars to the outside lanes and be working in the middle of the road for the islands,” Callahan said.

Crews will first close the east half of South Campbell Road for six to eight weeks, then the west half of the road for six to eight weeks, and finally the middle lanes for three to four weeks. During construction, left turns will be prohibited at Lincoln Avenue and 11 Mile Road to help with traffic congestion.

“The condition of the road has been deteriorating over the last 30 years,” Callahan said. “I don’t believe it’s been paved or repaved since I worked here, since 1996, so 22 years.”

The $1.1 million Main Street resurfacing project, which spans from 11 Mile Road to Catalpa Drive/Gardenia Avenue, began in mid-May and is scheduled to finish in late July.

Callahan said federal funds covered $769,000, and the city is footing $344,000 from its major road fund.

“(The Main Street project) is going pretty good,” Holly Donoghue, a Royal Oak engineer, said. “We’re getting close to finishing phase I of three phases.”

Donoghue said crews from Washington Township-based Pro-Line Asphalt Paving Corp. would be paving the west half of the road soon.

“It was a little rough at first, but we adjusted some of the signal timing to help with traffic, and not allowing left-hand turns at 11 Mile or Gardenia for northbound and southbound traffic (helps to alleviate congestion).”

The city recommends that residents and visitors find alternate routes to their destinations when possible, as delays are expected throughout construction.

For more information about road projects, visit www.romi.gov or contact the Engineering Division at (248) 246-3260 or at generaleng@romi.gov.