Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash said residents should contact his office if they have any issues navigating around the construction.

Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash said residents should contact his office if they have any issues navigating around the construction.

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Evergreen Road closes for interceptor rehabilitation project

By: Mary Genson | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published January 26, 2022


BEVERLY HILLS — Evergreen Road from north of Village Drive to 14 Mile Road will be under construction for approximately the next four to five months. All roadways that connect to Evergreen Road within this range will also be closed from access to Evergreen. 

The construction is being conducted by the Oakland County Water Resources’ Commissioner’s Office as they proceed with the South Evergreen Interceptor Rehabilitation Project. 

When a road has potholes and other topical issues, it is easy to understand why construction is necessary. However, Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash explained that his systems are all underground, so people do not know there is an issue until the WRC discovers it while doing maintenance. These  repairs to the wastewater system are  estimated to cost $2.6 million. 

The WRC discovered the need to repair the systems through a recent closed circuit television inspection. This inspection involved the WRC sending a camera through to see the condition of the sewer system. Necessary repairs include sealing leaks in the sewer and fixing the surrounding damaged concrete. 

The work includes conducting preventative repairs in the 54-inch-diameter Interceptor located beneath Evergreen Road, between 14 Mile Road and Village Drive.

Evans Bantios, a civil engineer at the WRC, said, “The manholes are in the roadway, so in order to provide a safe working environment, we are shutting the road down.”

After the WRC is able to fix the defects found in the sewer that need to be repaired, Nash said, the service life of the system is going to be extended for many years. The current system has been in service since the late 1950s. 

 “This is a project that we’ve been planning for some time, and these are issues that come up with the large sewer mains from time to time,” Nash said. 

The expected length of the project is four to five months, but if they get lucky with good weather, it may conclude quicker. 

“These kinds of things happen every once in a while in every community that has sewer mains,” Nash said. “If they’re doing it right, they find the problem before it actually becomes a problem.”

The road itself will not be getting renovated other than patches around the manholes that they will use to access the sewers. 

Bantios wants the public to understand that even though it may often appear that they are working on the surface, there are usually workers underground working in the sewers. 

There may be some noise caused by the construction as they are bypass pumping, but this will only occur during the daytime. Evans said that they ensured that the noise is within limits that are allowed by each municipality.

Residents received a letter and a map explaining the project and how it will affect them. Nash said that they always make sure there are ways to navigate around construction without it causing an issue. 

“If anything does come up, we will absolutely act on it,” Nash said. “If anybody has an issue with anything you can call my office and ask for the people in charge of this project, and we will work with you to make sure we can solve it.”

The WRC can be reached at (248) 858-0958 or wrc@oakgov.com.