Kerby Road among streets to be repaired this summer in Grosse Pointe Farms

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published April 28, 2021

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GROSSE POINTE FARMS — It’s that time of year again. The birds are chirping. The flowering trees are budding. And now that the snow has finally melted — we think, anyway — the roads’ cracks and potholes are showing.

In anticipation of road repair projects this summer, the Grosse Pointe Farms City Council voted unanimously during a meeting by Zoom April 12 in favor of a low bid from Pontiac-based Asphalt Specialists Inc. The bid includes restoration of Kerby Road from Kercheval Avenue to Mack Avenue and Harbor Court, as well as some additional crack sealing and roadwork around the city, at a cost of $2,086,800, with money from the streets fund.

The council also approved $398,584 for work on the Pier Park parking lot, with money to come from the capital projects and harbor funds.

The city’s engineers at Hubbell, Roth & Clark Inc. said Asphalt Specialists Inc. provided “satisfactory municipal references for similar work” in Birmingham, Franklin and Wixom.

“The bids actually came in a little bit lower than we were expecting,” Public Services Director Matthew Baka said.

Due to voter approval of a five-year, 2-mill levy for roadwork in November 2020, the Farms will be tackling more road repair this summer.

“This is, in large part, a larger project than we’ve done recently,” Baka said.

The northern portion of the Pier Park parking lot — the section closest to the tennis courts — is going to be the focus of substantial rehabilitation.

“It’s going to be rebuilt much more substantially,” City Manager Shane Reeside said.

He said that portion of the lot is used for leaf storage in the fall. The rest of the parking lot will receive crack sealing, Reeside said.

At least one resident is looking forward to seeing road crews at work in her neighborhood.

“Thank you for this project, because our street needs it,” Harbor Court resident Sarah Cottrell told the council.