Huntington Woods approves bidder to begin road reconstruction project

By: Joshua Gordon | Woodward Talk | Published April 16, 2014

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The Huntington Woods City Commission awarded Shelby Township-based Diponio Contracting a road reconstruction project April 8 to work on sections of three roads this summer as part of the city’s 15-year street repair project.

The city received three proposals for the bid and selected Diponio because the company offered the lowest of the three bids at just more than $1.9 million in addition to having previously done work on the city’s roads.

V.I.L. Construction, out of Sterling Heights, had the second-lowest bid at just more than $2 million, and Pavex Corporation, based in Grosse Ile, had the highest bid at approximately $2.7 million.

“There were two reasons we went with Diponio, and the first was they were the lowest bidder, and secondly, they have done the previous road repairs in the city,” City Manager Amy Sullivan said. “We know they are qualified and familiar with the community, and they know what our expectations are when they do the work.”

Huntington Woods residents voted for the street improvements bond proposal in convincing fashion last November, approving the $7.5 million bond with more than 89 percent in favor.

The bond was the second of the city’s $50 million, 15-year street repair program, as voters approved a similar bond in 2009. The new bond has an estimated millage to be levied in 2014 of 0.29 mills.

The 2014 project will see reconstruction on Ludlow Avenue, between Meadowcrest Boulevard and Wyoming Road; LaSalle Boulevard, between Scotia Road and Meadowcrest; and Hendrie Boulevard, between Lincoln Drive and Borgman Avenue.

“The voters approved a bond issue last November for road improvements, and we are splitting it up into two phases, and this is the first phase of it with portions of three different roads being done this summer,” Sullivan said. “We will also be doing some water main work in conjunction with the road repairs.”

The construction will begin May 1 on Ludlow, depending on weather. Huntington Woods Department of Public Works Manager Claire Galed said the work would be completed this summer.

The reconstruction will begin by digging out the substructures of each road, laying new water mains and proceeding to build new substructures and a new road above it, Galed said.

“Many years ago, we had engineers do an evaluation of various roads and, based on criteria, we selected these sections this year as two of them that don’t have curbs and gutters, causing the roads to deteriorate to the point they need to be rebuilt,” Galed said. “The road substructure is too compromised underneath to have a drivable road going forward. Plus, we have had a number of water breaks in the area, so we don’t want to put new road over old water mains.”

Galed said she moved into Huntington Woods in the 1980s, and the roads were bad then and have only continued to worsen. Because of the makeup of the community, she said the residents understand money needs to be spent to keep the city’s amenities maintained.

“I think residents of Huntington Woods are supportive of things that need to be done; that is just the nature of the community,” Galed said. “They are very supportive, in terms of supporting millage increases and renewals, and they know the city is careful with money, and because of that, we are able to turn to residents and explain that we need money to go forward. This project is reflective of the community and its commitment.”

While the project this year is only being done on three roads, Sullivan said it is a natural starting point for a long-term project.

“The roads are in dire shape and they definitely need to be addressed, because if you take a drive down any road, you will see the condition they are in,” she said. “Our water main service is aging and needs to be replaced, and hopefully that will help avoid future water main breaks. This is just scratching the amount of work that needs to be done.”

As the projects begin, Galed wants residents to know that city officials are open to discussions and want the community to know how their money is being spent.

“We are looking forward to this project, and we know it will be a dusty and loud summer for residents, but the end product will be great,” she said. “Our goal is to keep residents as informed as possible moving forward, and we continue to have an open-door policy.”