Roads & Construction

Published July 19, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On July 10, the Clinton Township Board of Trustees voted 7-0 to use money from its general fund budget in accordance with a road reconstruction project on Little Mack Avenue.

In a July 6 letter addressed to board members, Scott Chabot, senior project manager of township engineering firm Giffels Webster, said the township’s District E phase two sanitary sewer overflow relief sewer project was complete. The project was conducted on Little Mack, from 15 Mile Road to Kemp Street.

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Published July 19, 2017

ROSEVILLE — After being fed up with numerous crashes he’s seen on the westbound Interstate 696 service drive west of Gratiot Avenue, Jerry Tranchmontagne, a 27-year Roseville resident, advocated for changes to make the area safer, and he received a follow-up letter June 23 from Michigan Department of Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle stating that the area would get additional signs and pavement markings.   

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Published July 19, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — A public commenter’s question over a recent fatal traffic accident led officials at a July 5 Sterling Heights City Council meeting to discuss what the city could do to address aggressive driving.

Resident Dennis White asked whether the city has a plan to solve the problem so that drivers don’t have to “feel like they’re going to be run over by people driving aggressively when they’re trying on a daily basis to go from point A to point B.”

He addressed a recent fatal accident on Utica Road.

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Published July 12, 2017

DETROIT — The QLINE light rail, which opened to the public May 12, is extending its free fares promotion to all riders through Labor Day thanks to a contribution from the Kresge Foundation.

The trolley line runs 3 miles up and down Woodward Avenue between midtown and downtown Detroit. The Kresge Foundation committed to cover expected ridership revenue from July 1 through Sept. 4, in addition to the foundation’s initial $50 million investment in the project.

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Published July 7, 2017

Construction crews will soon direct their attention to roads and bridges in Sterling Heights, according to city officials.

During a June 20 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool warned residents that work crews will soon embark on another round of road construction in Sterling Heights.

“Everyone can enjoy the peace and quiet for now, for a few more weeks,” he said. “But suffice it to say, it’s going to be a very busy summer and fall for road activity.”

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Published July 5, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — The company that has been the low bidder for the previous two seasons of roadwork will once again be tackling road repairs in Grosse Pointe City.

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Published June 20, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — Work has begun on a two-phase South Boulevard resurfacing project. The road will remain open to traffic, with flag control in work zone areas.

The first phase of the project began June 15 between John R and Dequindre roads. The second phase of the project, from Crooks Road to Livernois Road, is slated to start July 6. The resurfacing project is expected to conclude in late August. 

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Published June 20, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — The roads are bumpy, cracked and full of holes, but Southfield officials say they have a plan in place to improve the condition of the city’s roads.

City Councilwoman Tawnya Morris invited residents to a town hall on Southfield’s roads at 6 p.m. June 15 at the Southfield Public Library.
Residents listened to a handful of presentations from city officials before the floor was opened for questions.

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Published June 14, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Construction barrels will give way to new roads, water mains and sewers across the city this summer.

The biggest project affecting residents will be 10 Mile Road, where a sanitary relief sewer is being installed, closing off the road to westbound traffic between Jefferson Avenue and Harper Avenue.

Community Development and Inspections Director Chris Rayes said that work will continue on that stretch of roadway all summer long.

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Published June 14, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Residents are starting to see new signs appear throughout the community welcoming them to Eastpointe and directing them to important buildings within the city.

The city’s Facebook page posted photos of the new signs May 25 with a status stating, “Have you noticed? New city signs are being installed throughout the community. Hope you like.”

Eastpointe City Manger Steve Duchane spoke to the Eastsider June 8 about the signs.

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Published June 13, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — In the past several weeks, the city of Grosse Pointe Woods has endured a number of interruptions due to infrastructure issues — the most recent being a water main break that occurred June 12 on Severn Road off Mack Avenue.

Most of the interruptions have been gas leaks and have occurred because of DTE’s Gas Renewal Program that is currently under construction.

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Published June 8, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Orchard Lake Road is no stranger to the orange barrels. Neither are the roughly 44,000 drivers who use Orchard Lake Road every day.

Those ubiquitous beacons of construction will be back in action for months to come on Orchard Lake Road — from Northwestern Highway/14 Mile Road to south of Maple Road — as part of the Northwestern Connector Project.

The ongoing connector project is designed to enhance traffic flow where Northwestern Highway ends at Orchard Lake Road.

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Published May 24, 2017

The path to funding repairs to a long stretch of Mound Road recently took a turn toward the nation’s capital, according to a progress report from Sterling Heights City Manager Mark Vanderpool.

During a May 3 City Council meeting, Vanderpool said Sterling Heights officials and other regional representatives took a trip to Washington, D.C., May 2 to have some meetings with federal officials, including those from the White House, over funding Mound reconstruction and related infrastructure.

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Published May 15, 2017

The process of diverting two lanes of northbound and southbound traffic on Interstate 75  for just over three miles has begun.

During daylight hours, the northbound lanes will be used for two lanes of traffic each way from Coolidge Highway to South Boulevard through August.

During the overnight hours, one lane will be open each way.

After that, reconstruction of northbound I-75 from Squirrel Road to South Boulevard will begin.

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Published May 12, 2017

Detroit-area residents and officials gathered at Grand Circus Park May 12 to celebrate the opening of the QLINE trolley system on Woodward Avenue.

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Published May 10, 2017

TROY — Work on South Boulevard, on Wattles, Rochester and John R roads, and on the pedestrian crossing at Big Beaver Road, near John R Road, will start soon. The projects make up part of the $5.9 million slated to improve those and other roadways in Troy included in the 2017-18 city budget. Roadways in the Somerset Park apartments also will be removed and replaced. 

The Troy City Council held a public hearing to consider the $157 million proposed 2017-18 and three-year city budget May 8, then unanimously approved it. 

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Published May 9, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Investigating a decades-old Macomb County sewer has proved to be a monumental effort for engineers, and more surprises continue to appear.

On May 8 at the Macomb County Office of Public Works, the three-member Drainage Board of Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller, Macomb County Department of Roads Director Bryan Santo and Macomb County Commissioner Robert Mijac, D-Sterling Heights, unanimously approved an addition of approximately $6.2 million to the $70 million scope of the damaged interceptor project.

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Published May 9, 2017

UTICA — Traffic flow has improved along Auburn Road in downtown Utica after the Macomb County Department of Roads adjusted the traffic signal facing eastbound Auburn Road at Cass Avenue.

Engineers conducted a traffic study and lengthened the green light exposure after Utica Mayor Thom Dionne contacted the department about the gridlocked state of Auburn Road during peak traffic hours.

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Published May 8, 2017

UTICA — Traffic flow has improved along Auburn Road in downtown Utica after the Macomb County Department of Roads adjusted the traffic signal facing eastbound Auburn Road at Cass Avenue.

Engineers conducted a traffic study and lengthened the green light exposure after Utica Mayor Thom Dionne contacted the department about the gridlocked state of Auburn Road during peak traffic hours.

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Published May 3, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — If you were dreading the major road reconstruction that was planned for downtown Birmingham this summer, good news: You’ve been granted a reprieve.

The bad news is that the project has only been delayed for a year, in an effort to allow the city to seek better prices for the project.

The Birmingham City Commission voted unanimously April 24 to do just that, and rejected all of the bids they’d received so far to update the road, sewers and sidewalks in the heart of downtown, which came in significantly higher than expected.

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