Planned work on Mound Road will include a complete reconstruction of the roadway along the full stretch, and widening from three to four lanes in Sterling Heights.

Planned work on Mound Road will include a complete reconstruction of the roadway along the full stretch, and widening from three to four lanes in Sterling Heights.

Photo by Brian Louwers


Mound recommended for big federal grant project

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published June 8, 2018

WARREN — Efforts to repair a battered section of Mound Road cutting through the heart of Warren and Sterling Heights could get big boost from the federal government in the form of a $97.8 million grant.

A flurry of media releases from local, state and federal officials on June 5 confirmed the U.S. Department of Transportation’s selection of a joint application from Macomb County and the cities of Sterling Heights and Warren, to be sent to Congress as a recommended Rebuilding America grant project.

If approved, the grant would cover more than half of the planned $184.6 million cost to reconstruct Mound between Interstate 696 and Hall Road. The application was reportedly submitted last fall as part of the “Innovate Mound” initiative involving public entities and private collaboration spanning the automotive and defense industries.  

In its release announcing the application’s selection for grant consideration, the county said the 9-mile stretch of Mound supports more than 81,000 manufacturing jobs. Adjacent facilities include the Tank Automotive and Armaments Command and the Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center at the U.S. Army’s Detroit Arsenal, the General Motors Technical Center, General Dynamics Land Systems, BAE Systems, and automotive plants operated by Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Planned work on Mound will include a complete reconstruction of the roadway along the full stretch, and widening from three to four lanes in Sterling Heights. Traffic flow improvements, improved lighting and signage and real-time traffic speed monitoring will also be used. Two pedestrian walkway bridges are planned.

“This grant award is significant for two reasons. First, it provides us with the necessary funding to invest in our region’s No. 1 need: fixing our infrastructure,” Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel said in a statement. “It also strengthens Macomb County’s position as a leader in mobility.”
Additional funding for the project, not covered by the grant, would include $43.3 million from the county, $29.06 million from the city of Sterling Heights and $14.3 million from Warren.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said the project, if approved, would be a “high-tech investment” and a “shot in the arm for economic development in Macomb County.”

“This is a great example of collaboration and cooperation between Warren, Macomb County and Sterling Heights,” Fouts posted on Facebook. “Credit should also go to Congressman Paul Mitchell, who as a member of the Infrastructure & Transportation Committee was instrumental in securing this federal grant.”

In a statement released June 5, Mitchell, a Republican representing Michigan’s 10th Congressional District, which includes a portion of Sterling Heights, said he has pressed the case for improving the state’s crumbling roads since he took office in January 2017.

“The Mound Road corridor is extremely important to southeast Michigan, and this grant goes towards desperately needed repairs, which will improve the lives of my constituents, and anyone who drives on Mound Road,” Mitchell said. “This project is just one of the many needed infrastructure improvements in our nation, and I will continue working with Washington, as well as with state and local leaders, to ensure our roads, bridges, and other infrastructure projects see completion.”

Congress will have 60 days to consider a list of recommended INFRA grant projects from across the country. If approved, work on Mound could commence within about 20 months.