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Parking lot improvements to undergo additional changes

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published August 17, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The reconstruction of Clinton Township’s Civic Center parking lot is currently in full swing, and some additional changes will be added to the process.

The third phase of the current construction schedule is proceeding in timely fashion, according to  Scott Chabot, senior project manager with Giffels Webster — the township’s engineering firm.

The project, which started about a month ago, has involved milling out all existing asphalt in the parking lot — located at 40700 Romeo Plank Road — and removing the underlying concrete. The contractor also milled the Canal Road connector road, from the comfort station to the parking lot.

After a geotechnical engineer, Giffels Webster and the Clinton Township Public Services Department surveyed that connector road, it was obvious that the remaining asphalt surface of that connector road was failing. Also, there were unsuitable underlying soils beneath the surface.

A consensus was reached to completely remove the road and install it per the same pavement section currently being done to Romeo Plank.

As described at the township’s Aug. 8 Board of Trustees meeting, Chabot said there was an opportunity to close a sidewalk gap along Romeo Plank. Current property owners in the 40000 block of that stretch of road granted a sidewalk easement to the township.

“The installation of this walk would create a continuous paved pedestrian route from the Civic Center to Hall Road, along Romeo Plank,” Chabot said.

The DPS is also considering removing a concrete barrier near the main entrance of the Senior Center.

“It is our understanding this 25-foot-long, 2-foot-high concrete barrier is becoming a safety and maintenance concern to the township and Senior Center patrons,” Chabot said. “The contractor for the parking lot project prepared a quote to remove the barrier down to grade and to restore the area with turf grass. The foundation will remain intact to avoid damage to an existing mature tree and pavement within close proximity to the barrier.”

The board unanimously approved a net increase of $26,233.50 to the current contract amount — $17,593 toward the Romeo Plank access road and $7,440.50 for the sidewalk infill.

Trustee Ken Pearl was happy to get more work done, especially since the township now has the funds to do so. Whether patrons are walking or driving, it’s been a long time coming.

“The liability (in the parking lot) was so high,” Pearl said.

Supervisor Bob Cannon reiterated his hope for a road committee to continue to assess the condition of township thoroughfare. He said the roads, along with the Civic Center and its surroundings, belong to the entire township.

“If we don’t step up, I don’t know who will,” Cannon said.