Huntington Woods sets summer start for pavement resurfacing

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published June 12, 2021

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HUNTINGTON WOODS — Several roads in Huntington Woods will undergo pavement resurfacing later this year.

At its June 1 meeting, the Huntington Woods City Commission approved a contract for its 2021 resurfacing project. The contract was awarded to Hutch Paving Inc. for $593,895.

While the exact date of when the repaving will begin is unknown, City Manager Amy Sullivan said it will start in the summer.

The streets that will be under construction include Huntington Road from Borgman Avenue to 11 Mile Road, Lincoln Drive from Coolidge Highway to Allor Avenue, Balfour Avenue from Coolidge Highway to Henley Avenue, Allor Avenue from Lincoln Drive to Elgin Avenue, and Henley Avenue from Roy Court Avenue to Ludlow Avenue.

In addition to those streets, Borgman Avenue will be repaved at the following sections: Coolidge Highway to Berkley Avenue, Henley Avenue to Scotia Road, Wyoming Road to Huntington Road, and Meadowcrest Boulevard to Wyoming Road.

Sullivan said the selection of roads to be repaved is a two-step process, one of which is that they already had to have been reconstructed so the street has a good foundation and base.

“Secondly, we take a look at what’s called a PASER rating. It’s the rating of the condition of the roads, and there’s a certain rating that mill and overlay is successful at keeping it from deteriorating any further,” she said. “It would’ve had to meet a certain PASER rating and be a good candidate for that type of reconstruction.”

Hunginton Woods voters approved in 2020 a ballot proposal to establish a millage for a pension and retirement system for its firefighters and police officers. The monies that were previously used for public safety pensions now are being used for road improvements.

Sullivan said she foresees the city repaving its roads for years to come.

“It’s something that we’re going to be doing year after year after year using that money,” she said. “There may be a year where we don’t do any work and we save it up and then do twice as much work the following year, but it’s going to be an ongoing project.”

Commissioner Jules Olsman commented that the work being done now on the roads is great. He said he felt that Huntington Woods is like many other Michigan cities, in that its roads are in terrible shape.

“This patchwork business over the years with extreme heat and extreme cold doesn’t work,” he said. “We’re trying to do as comprehensive of a repair as we can within the fiscal constraints that we have on us, using bonds and things like that.”

The goal, Olsman said, is to have the whole city completely repaved.

“As far as I’m concerned, the work that’s been up to date has been terrific,” he said. “I’m not aware of any significant complaints from any residents other than those who want their streets done, and I don’t blame them.”

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