Roads & Construction

Published May 27, 2016

WARREN — Motorists heading in any direction through Warren can expect to find roads lined with orange barrels in the weeks to come.

Delays are sure to follow for drivers, but officials said the projects will give much-needed attention to roadways in obvious need.

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Published May 25, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The first phase of a multiyear Dequindre reconstruction project is slated to begin sometime this year between Burning Bush and Utica Road.

“This is right near Beaumont Hospital, traveling north through the intersection of South Boulevard, underneath the viaduct to Burning Bush to the north,” said Rochester Hills Department of Public Services Director Allan Schneck.

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Published May 24, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The city still has some street repairs planned for the summer construction season, but it is focusing more of its efforts on sewer and water line repairs and replacements.

Tony Pry, Eastpointe’s Department of Public Works supervisor, said Eastpointe has plans to resurface Roxanna and Johnston streets between 10 Mile and Stephens roads this summer. The work will take place sometime after July 1 — when the next city budget goes into effect — but Pry said no specific times have been set in stone yet.

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Published May 24, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Road Commission for Oakland County is now slated to fix the Putnam bridge — which was closed Jan. 22 due to deterioration —  after the boating season. 

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Published May 18, 2016

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Saying it would set a terrible precedent, the Troy City Council nixed a developer’s request that the city construct and assess costs for a $91,000 roadway.

The council voted 6-0 to deny the request of Michael Lamb, of Orion Homes, and two other property owners for a special assessment district to pave 220 feet to extend Cherry Drive. Councilman Jim Campbell was absent.

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Published May 18, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Ric-Man Construction resumed final paving operations along 24 Mile Road April 18 and appears to be on schedule to finish the 7-mile water main project by the end of June.

“I think all of the full closures are all done with right now,” Shelby Township Deputy Supervisor Brad Bates said. “A traffic crew is out there doing traffic control, so they can do paving without shutting down the road.”

He said the paving process is progressing quickly, with crews working on a different spot each day.

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Published May 12, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Road Commission for Oakland County is preparing to rehabilitate 1.8 miles of Maple Road, and the project will be split into two phases.

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Published May 10, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — South Boulevard was slated to be closed to all traffic at Rochester Road May 10 through early July, according to Road Commission for Oakland County officials.

Rochester Road will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction at the South Boulevard intersection. According to Rochester Hills Department of Public Services Director Allan Schneck, the project will have “significant impact” on motorists.

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Published May 4, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A new program aims to fill the township’s unpaved road potholes with limestone.

Many of the township’s gravel roads are treated with limestone for a smoother and stronger surface. In the past, potholes on those roads were filled with gravel. 

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Published May 4, 2016

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On April 25, the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and and Industry held a town hall meeting to discuss the Michigan Department of Transportation’s 2017 Hall Road reconstruction project.

The approximately 1.8-mile project will redo Hall Road from Delco Boulevard, just east of M-53, to Hayes Road. It will cost approximately $32 million, most of which will come from federal road funds.

The scope of the project includes pavement reconstruction, drainage improvements, handicapped-accessible ramps, sidewalks and landscaping.

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Published May 3, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Regional Transit Authority presented its proposed transit plans for the Gratiot, Woodward and Michigan Avenue corridors at Roseville’s City Council meeting April 26. The plans would connect Ann Arbor, Mount Clemens and Pontiac to downtown Detroit — along with the communities in between — using specialized buses.

Project Manager Sarah Binkowski said bus rapid transit, or BRT, involves light commuter rail trains that run on tires and pavement instead of tracks, capable of carrying about 60 people at a time.

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Published April 28, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The opening of the Jefferson Avenue bridge in Harrison Township has been delayed another week, a Macomb County Department of Roads official confirmed.

Department of Roads Director Bob Hoepfner said the bridge located over the Clinton River spillway, between Shook and Crocker, is expected to reopen to traffic no earlier than May 6.

The bridge has undergone substantial rehabilitation since February, when it was reduced to one lane. The bridge was closed to traffic on March 23 and was expected to be completed and reopened by April 29.

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Published April 27, 2016

ROYAL OAK — With the warmer weather finally here, construction season has arrived and will include many projects ranging from residential sidewalk repairs to park improvements.

Projects revealed by the city of Royal Oak Engineering Department for the 2016 season include road and water main improvements, streetscape improvements, sidewalk improvements and continuation of the scheduled 10-year road repair plan supported by voters in 2014, when the majority allowed the city to levy a tax of up to 2.5 mills for a period not to exceed 10 years.

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Published April 27, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Crews began work this month on Country Club Drive, located west of Mack Avenue, as the city’s 2016 pavement replacement road program got underway.

As a result of the August 2014 vote for a road bond, the city of Grosse Pointe Woods contracted with Florence Cement, of Utica, to complete $6.6 million of work during the 2015 and 2016 construction seasons. 

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Published April 27, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Changes are coming soon to a heavily used entry road that connects motorists from Interstate 696 to the downtown and beyond.

Members of the City Commission were expected to approve documents Monday night, after press time, that would signal the beginning of two upcoming projects on South Main Street.

The Michigan Department of Transportation South Main Street resurfacing project will begin in early June and involve resurfacing the roadway with asphalt from West 10 Mile Road to Lincoln Avenue.

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Published April 26, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Officials are revising the Middlebelt Transport and Storage Tunnel Project to decrease the tunnel length by 1,636 feet and lower its capacity.  

The purpose of the tunnel is to reduce the risk of sanitary sewer overflows, or SSOs, which may occur when the Farmington Interceptor overloads during heavy rainstorms. When SSOs occur, sewage can flow out of manhole covers or back up in residents’ basements.

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Published April 26, 2016

FERNDALE — A month after the approval of the Ferndale City Council, Zipcar vehicles are now available to be used in the city.

The car-sharing service that allows members 24/7 access to its cars through a monthly or yearly fee has been operating in the city for a couple of weeks, with two vehicle locations at the corner of Planavon Street and West Nine Mile Road, and the corner of Bermuda Street and East Nine Mile Road.

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Published April 20, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Step one of the local road reconstruction was successful. Now, the ball is in the county’s court.

At the April 11 Clinton Township Board of Trustees meeting, the board unanimously approved a special assessment district, or SAD, for residents of Santa Anna and Santa Barbara streets.

Trustee Ken Pearl neither voted nor participated in the matter due to living in that particular district.

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Published April 19, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that a single-car fatal crash occurred at approximately 9:41 p.m. April 16 on 23 Mile Road west of Heydenreich.

A 27-year-old Troy man was reportedly driving eastbound on 23 Mile at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his 2002 Toyota and struck a telephone pole west of Heydenreich.

The driver, who was the only occupant in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

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Published April 18, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Get ready to see some changes on Interstate 275, if you haven’t already.

A $75 million project is underway to fix 88 lane miles between Five Mile and the Interstate 96/Interstate 696/Michigan Highway 5 interchange in Wayne and Oakland counties, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The project began this spring and is scheduled to be completed by mid-September. 

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