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 A 0.57 mile stretch of road on 21 Mile Road, west of Card Road, will be widened and resurfaced. Work is scheduled to begin in the coming month.

A 0.57 mile stretch of road on 21 Mile Road, west of Card Road, will be widened and resurfaced. Work is scheduled to begin in the coming month.

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21 Mile Road widening moves forward in Macomb Township

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published August 21, 2019


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Work is set to begin in the coming week on 21 Mile Road.

At the Aug. 15 Macomb County Board of Commissioners meeting, the board unanimously approved a $1.18 million contract with Boddy Construction Co., of Port Huron, for 21 Mile Road widening and resurfacing, a half mile east of Heydenreich Road to Card Road in Macomb Township. 

Funding for the project is available through a cost-share agreement between Macomb Township and Macomb County.

Beginning Aug. 26, 21 Mile west of Card Road will be restricted to one-way traffic with traffic control for both directions. The project is expected to run through mid-November.

Project details include extending the center turn lane on 21 Mile, requiring widening of the road.

“The project is in the pre-construction phase with additional planning to take place,” said Eric Dimoff, Macomb County Department of Roads coordinator of communication and public relations.

The BOC agreed the work provides a safer turning option for motorists on 21 Mile Road, and gives people a more convenient roadway.

“The main purpose is to extend the center turn lane and make it easier for people to turn in and out of businesses,” said Macomb County Commissioner Leon Drolet, who represents District 13, which includes most of Macomb Township.

This project includes 0.57 miles of roadway widening and resurfacing to provide a three lane road section including station grading, sewer work, aggregate base, subgrade undercutting, cold milling, hot mix asphalt pavement, pavement markings and restoration work.

“I believe residents in that area will be very excited when that happens,” Macomb Township Clerk Kristi Pozzi said.

At the July 24 Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting, Macomb Township Engineer Jim Van Tiflin said that in 2017, the township sent MCDR requests for bypass lanes and center turn lane extensions to improve traffic in the township.

“This is associated with the Kroger strip center,” he said. “The gas station was not accommodated when the original center was constructed.”

Van Tiflin noted that left turns are difficult for westbound traffic when there’s a lot of eastbound traffic.

Also unanimously approved at the BOC meeting was a 50/50 cost-sharing agreement between Macomb Township and MCDR to rehabilitate 21 Mile Road from Hayes to Garfield roads in Macomb Township, for $1,071,667.

“That work won’t start until next year,” Drolet said. “The road is a disaster and needs to be resurfaced. I’m looking forward to that being taken care of.”

The county board cited that rehabilitation of this stretch of 21 Mile Road is very much needed.

An expected $669,792 comes from federal funding, leaving a balance of $401,875, which will be evenly shared with Macomb Township.

Dimoff said motorists should expect delays and seek alternative routes for the 21 Mile Road widening, west of Card Road.