St. Clair Shores
Roadwork expected throughout city through summer
Posted 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.
“Once they get done with the sewer line, they’re going to grind off the asphalt and repave Harper to Jefferson in new asphalt cap,” he said.
In July or August, the city will begin rebuilding 9-Mack Drive, which means drivers will have to find an alternate route.
“That entire stretch will be removed and repaved in concrete,” Rayes said. “We’re going to do it all at one time, so the road will be closed during that paving operation.”
In the neighborhoods, Beste Street will be repaved between Gaffke Street and 12 Mile Road and have a new sewer line constructed.
Speaking at the June 5 City Council meeting, Bryan Tepper, who lives on Beste Street, implored the city to try to save the trees lining the street, saying he does not necessarily want a new tree put up that might ruin his sidewalk when he already has trees with established roots.
“My sidewalks are old, but they’re not cracked. The roots are not damaging anything there,” he said. “I really think that if a new tree was planted in there, that them roots would be more damaging to my sidewalk.
“These trees, they’ve already been there for 60 years. They’re established. I’d really like to see these trees stay.”
Mayor Kip Walby said he appreciated Tepper’s concerns, but was surprised by them.
“You’re one of the first (residents) that wants to keep the silver maples,” he said. “We do try to maintain the trees, (but) silver maples, as a rule, haven’t been very favorable to the residents.”
Clairwood Street from Jefferson Avenue to Lake St. Clair will also be repaved.
“That will have a little bit of water main work and full removal and reconstruction,” Rayes said. “Those are the major projects.”
Crews will begin road patching throughout the city beginning in July, including on Jefferson Avenue south of Nine Mile Road.
Also on June 5, City Council approved a water main replacement project on 12 Mile Road between Harper and Jefferson avenues.
The $1.29 million project was awarded to DiPonio Contracting and will relocate the water main north to the greenbelt from its current location under the north lane of road. While most of the main will be ductile iron, the portion of the project in front of the St. Gertrude Cemetery will be constructed using pipe-bursting technology to minimize any conflict with the cemetery, since it comes so close to the roadway.
About the author
Staff Writer Kristyne E. Demske covers St. Clair Shores and the Lake Shore, Lakeview and South Lake public schools for the Sentinel. Kristyne has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2004 and attended Michigan State University and Chippewa Valley High School.
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