Roads & Construction

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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Published April 29, 2017

The drain failure on Adams Road, north of Buell Road, has been repaired, state Oakland County Water Resources Commission officials.

“The road should be open in early May,” said Mike McMahon, commission engineer. “We’ll let the roadway dry out.”

McMahon said the drain failure occurred in an old pipe that traveled under the road.

“The pipe cracking caused a sinkhole and a blockage on the southeast corner” of Adams at Buell, he said. Workers completed the repair April 26, he said.

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Published April 25, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A drain failure has closed a portion of Adams Road, north of Buell Road, to all traffic.

According to Oakland County Water Resources Commission officials, the drain failure is due to flooding and the road is closed indefinitely.

The detour for the closure is Orion Road to Stoney Creek Road to Adams Road and vice versa. According to county officials, the OCWRC is currently working toward a permanent solution to correct flooding in the area.

Those with questions regarding the road closure can call (248) 858-0958.

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Published April 24, 2017

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — During an April 12 Grand River Avenue project meeting, Michigan Department of Transportation officials, residents and city stakeholders met at Farmington City Hall to discuss the $3.9 million resurfacing project slated to run through October. 

The open house-type of meeting featured exhibits of project locations, construction work and detours. The project will resurface 4.5 miles of Grand River Avenue from west of M-5 to west of Middlebelt Road in both cities, according to a press release. 

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Published April 19, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — At press time, the Grosse Pointe Woods 2017 road program was scheduled to begin the week of April 17 and finish by Nov. 1.

The program includes the replacement of the street, curbs and driveway approaches on the following eight streets:

• Anita – Mack to Charlevoix – April 17 to Aug. 1, includes water main replacement.

• Oxford – Jackson to Mack – April 17 to July 14.

• Stanhope – Chester to Mack – April 17 to July 14.

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Published April 19, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Two separate special road assessment projects were approved 6-0 by the Clinton Township Board of Trustees April 10. Trustee Ken Pearl abstained from voting due to his living within the area of the projects.

Each job is different in scope, with two different streets affected: Santa Anna and Santa Barbara streets — located north of Metropolitan Parkway, near Moravian and Millar roads.

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Published April 19, 2017

UTICA — On April 11, the Utica City Council voted 5-1 to block traffic from traveling northbound on Brownell Street from Auburn Road, effective April 17.

Mayor Thom Dionne said the city has struggled recently with traffic cutting through the downtown area to avoid the Hall Road congestion that is due to the M-59 reconstruction project.

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Published April 12, 2017

METRO DETROIT — People in charge of auto and road repairs expect a bumpier ride this time of year as sections of metro Detroit’s roads crumble due to newly formed potholes.

The seasonal freeze and thaw cycle is commonly blamed for the spread of potholes in late winter and early spring. The resulting pits may damage vehicles’ suspension systems, tires and more.

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Published April 12, 2017

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MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Office of Public Works recently removed about 100 signs bearing the name of former Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco from pump houses, retention ponds, drains and other facilities around the county.

New Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller directed drain maintenance workers with the office to remove the signs bearing the name of her predecessor as they come across them in the normal routine of their duties.

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Published April 12, 2017

TROY — Did you know it is illegal to walk on the freeway? 

But if you break down on the freeway and are forced to pull over onto the shoulder, it’s best if you can safely get out of your car — away from traffic — and move as far away from moving vehicles as possible, maybe to a grassy embankment, then call police, said Troy Police Sgt. Meghan Lehman. 

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