The first phase of construction on M-59 was completed last year. Recently, work commenced on phase two of the project between Dalcoma Drive, west of Garfield Road, and Romeo Plank Road.

The first phase of construction on M-59 was completed last year. Recently, work commenced on phase two of the project between Dalcoma Drive, west of Garfield Road, and Romeo Plank Road.

File photo by Deb Jacques


Second phase of Hall Road reconstruction begins

Improvements include asphalt, signage, drainage, sidewalks

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published February 13, 2018

MACOMB COUNTY — Multiple Macomb County communities will soon once again feel the brunt of construction, though the short-term annoyance is expected to offer a variety of benefits in the long run.

The Michigan Department of Transportation, or MDOT, recently announced that Sterling Heights, Utica, and Clinton, Macomb and Shelby townships are entering phase two of an approximately $60 million investment to reconstruct M-59 — more commonly known as Hall Road — between Dalcoma Drive, west of Garfield Road, and Romeo Plank Road.

MDOT spokesperson Diane Cross said $60 million covers the entire cost of the two-year, 3.7-mile project, which started last year at M-53 and will finish at Romeo Plank Road. It is expected to conclude in late October of this year.

Starting the week of Feb. 5, dependent on the weather, underground utility and electrical work began for the installation of temporary traffic signals that will be used for the intersection of Hall Road and Romeo Plank. In March, reconstruction will begin with the current crossover lane west of Romeo Plank being extended as a fourth lane to the intersection to accommodate traffic flow.

The overall project specifications include replacing all concrete with new asphalt, improving drainage, upgrading ramps and sidewalks for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and adding a new sidewalk to fill in missing gaps along Hall Road.

That added fourth lane will exist on both sides of Hall Road, between Garfield and Romeo Plank roads. Also planned are new, modern traffic signals, sign replacements, enhanced landscaping and other aesthetic improvements.

Throughout this year’s project, three lanes will be open daily in each direction from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Construction will occur both day and night.

“Businesses will always have access, although entry may need to be adjusted during the project,” Cross said. “Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the project.”

Local communities pitched in their own money prior to the commencement of the first phase. For example, the Clinton Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved mast-arm traffic signal enhancements and updated crosswalks for approximately $368,000. Each community paid a different amount based on safety features and how many miles of road were impacted during reconstruction.

Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon said he is thrilled that MDOT is starting the second phase so early in the calendar year — especially considering that popular township destinations like Macomb Community College, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital and The Mall at Partridge Creek are bombarded by students and visitors year-round.

“If you’ve driven on Hall Road in the area between (Macomb Community College, near Garfield Road) and Romeo Plank, it’s probably one of the worst stretches of road in Michigan right now,” Cannon said.

He said Clinton Township didn’t see much of an impact last year, as not even a half-mile of road was amended between Hayes Road and Dalcoma Drive.

As Cannon stated in this year’s State of Clinton Township address, roads are a major point of emphasis moving forward. While traffic due to roadwork will cause headaches for drivers, he said conducting construction in this manner will lead to easier and less costly repairs in the future — which he said is good news for the approximately 6,500 MCC students, or those who travel to and from the “main artery” of Interstate 94.

In the future, Cannon intends to keep the stretch of road between Romeo Plank and I-94 on others’ minds as the next possible phase.

“That’s a lot of people coming our way,” he said.

For additional project details and pictures, visit www.MovingMacomb.org. The site will also provide updates on lane restrictions and access to businesses affected by construction.