SOUTHFIELD — In Michigan, there is no better way to usher in springtime than with the start of construction season.
Starting in March, construction will begin on a 2-mile stretch of Evergreen Road, from 11 Mile to 13 Mile roads.
The project, which was approved unanimously by the Southfield City Council at its Jan. 30 meeting, will affect Southfield, Lathrup Village and Beverly Hills.
City Engineer Leigh Schultz was on hand to brief the council on the specifics of the project.
Schultz said there are multiple different fixes to take place during the project, which is expected to run through the close of the 2017 construction season in October.
From eastbound 11 Mile to about 500 feet north of 11 Mile, crews will concrete patch the roadway and some curbs, Schultz said.
“From that point, just shy of Winchester Street is going to be a total reconstruction. We’re reconstructing in asphalt with new concrete curbs within that reconstruction area,” Schultz said. “Within that reconstruction area, we are going to be extending the center left-turn lane another 200 feet north, so that safe left turns can be made into Birney (K-8 School) there on Evergreen.”
Between Winchester and 12 Mile, crews will mill the road and overlay new asphalt on top of the existing pavement, she said. Base repairs will also be made on problem areas on that stretch of road. Construction on the stretch of road will also help the city be more pedestrian friendly, Schultz said.
“Then, from 12 Mile all the way up to 13 Mile, that existing asphalt pavement will be pulverized with new asphalt going on top. We’re going to widen out the paved shoulders to 4 feet on each side so they can be striped as bike lanes on each side of the road,” Schultz said.
Drivers should look out for delays and closures throughout the project, she said, but businesses will remain open through the duration of reconstruction.
In total, the project will cost around $5.7 million. Schultz said the city secured a federal grant for around $2.5 million. The remaining costs will be shared between Southfield, Lathrup Village and Beverly Hills.
Councilwoman Joan Seymour asked about the potholes on the road.
“I drive there all the time, and the potholes are dangerous,” Seymour said. “That should be the first thing done.”
Schultz said crews are constantly working on patching and repatching potholes.
Southfield participates in the Pothole Patrol, in which people can report a pothole to the city. Once the pothole is reported, public works employees will fill it within 48 hours.
To report a pothole, call the Pothole Patrol hotline at (248) 796-4000. The program only covers roads Southfield has jurisdiction over. A map of the primary road system can be viewed on the city’s website, cityofsouthfield.com.