From left, Frank Prano, of Florence Cement Co.; Harry Drinkwine, Clawson’s director of engineering services; and Michael Smith, of Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick Inc., address residents, business owners and city officials during an informational workshop at Clawson City Hall April 4.

From left, Frank Prano, of Florence Cement Co.; Harry Drinkwine, Clawson’s director of engineering services; and Michael Smith, of Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick Inc., address residents, business owners and city officials during an informational workshop at Clawson City Hall April 4.

Photo by Donna Dalziel


Officials discuss 14 Mile and Main Street road project details

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published April 10, 2018

CLAWSON — Construction is set to begin April 16 on a resurfacing project targeting 14 Mile Road, from South Washington to Bellevue avenues, and Main Street, from Gardner to Broadacre avenues.

On April 3, the Clawson City Council unanimously approved issuing bonds to pay for Clawson’s portion of the project — $777,230.98, which includes a $122,000 contingency for unforeseen costs. The total cost of the project is approximately $1,593,448.

Florence Cement Co., based in Shelby Township, will do the work, and engineers from Clawson’s engineering contractor, Anderson, Eckstein & Westrick Inc., will oversee the project.

Harry Drinkwine, Clawson’s director of engineering services, said a federal surface transportation grant covers approximately 60 percent of the project’s cost, and the city of Clawson will pay 40 percent.

Historically, he said, similar road projects have come in under budget.

Crews will mill off 4 inches from the roads and resurface them with an asphalt mix, as well as complete drainage, curb and driveway improvements and signal installation.

Michael Smith, the project manager, said the roadway is slated to open to traffic on July 1, and the completion of the project, including all restoration and sodding, is set for the end of July.

The project, Smith said, will be conducted in two stages.

In stage one, crews will shift traffic to the south side of 14 Mile Road and shut down the north half of the road to do work. They will simultaneously shift traffic to the east half of Main Street to do work on the west half.

“Traffic will be restricted to one way each way,” Smith said.

Stage two is scheduled for mid-May.

“It depends on weather and if things go as smoothly as we hope,” he said.

In stage two, crews will shift traffic to the north side of 14 Mile Road to complete the south side of the road, and shift traffic to the west half of Main Street to work on the east half.

“During the process with the traffic shifts, there are also going to be left turn restrictions at 14 and Main,” Drinkwine said. “If you were to allow left turns, traffic would never move because it would stack up, especially during rush hour, so we’re going to restrict left turns basically all four ways.”

He said he would also be personally visiting the businesses impacted by the project to coordinate the best way to handle public access.

“We anticipate that this will hold up for quite some time,” Drinkwine said. “Once it’s done, it will be nice, but there will be some inconveniences.”

He added that there would be an inspector on-site at all times.

“We look forward to having a smooth 14 Mile and Main,” Mayor Deborah Wooley said at the April 3 meeting.

For more information, call the city of Clawson at (248) 435-4500.