HW $2M project to improve roads, water mains

By: Timothy Pontzer | Woodward Talk | Published February 20, 2018

 Wareham Drive is one of three roads that will see improvements in Huntington Woods, along with Salem Road and Hendrie Boulevard.

Wareham Drive is one of three roads that will see improvements in Huntington Woods, along with Salem Road and Hendrie Boulevard.

Photo by Mike Koury

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Three streets will see road reconstruction and water main replacements costing more than $2 million as part of the city’s bond program.

The Huntington Woods City Commission approved at its Feb. 13 meeting a contract with Diponio Contracting for $2,127,571 for construction work covering the 2018 pavement reconstruction and water main replacement project.

The three roads and sections of water mains in question that will see improvements are Salem Road between Huntington and Pembroke roads, Wareham Drive between Huntington Road and Hendrie Boulevard, and Hendrie Boulevard between Lincoln and Wareham drives.

“Having walked the entire city twice during the fall, I mean, Wareham in particular is literally disintegrated,” Commissioner Joe Rozell said. “The street is in awful, awful shape. So I’m very pleased to see that these streets are at the tail end of the bond project, but are on the list to get done, honoring the commitment back when the voters approved this bond, and these streets will be done.”

Rozell further commented that the question is where the city will go from here, as there is still a lot of work to be done. 

“This is not, by far, the end of the list. I want the residents to know that. It does not stop with these three streets, but there’s not an endless source of money either, and so we’re really going to have to do a lot of balancing in the years to come,” he said. “The ad hoc budget committee, the City Commission, will all be working together in the coming months, coming year, to tackle this and many other items that’ll be on the list.”

During the meeting, Linda Solomon, a resident on Huntington Road, asked the commission if it would be more cost-effective to do longer stretches of the road instead of bits and pieces.

“It just seems like all the equipment is there, and then it sort of stops very arbitrarily when it could continue on. It seems like it would be more economy of scale to extend it, instead of dividing it up,” she said.

City Manager Amy Sullivan said there are a lot of variables that go into selecting what roads get done. She also said the city doesn’t want to tear up entire neighborhood streets at a time and have people get displaced out of their driveways.

“Part of it is the condition of the water main underneath it, where the water main is located, what the condition of the road is,” she said. “We try to attack the worst roads.”

Mayor Bob Paul said the city also uses some of its manpower to administer the road program. 

“So we’ve always limited it to a certain amount of road each year so that we could handle it within the city as well,” Paul said.

Sullivan said she is not yet sure when the construction will begin, but that it at least will be done by mid-October.