More than 170 road locations in Berkley have been scheduled for construction as part of the city’s road improvement program, which already has begun and will continue until the end of 2021. The tiny circles on the map represent locations where construction will occur.

More than 170 road locations in Berkley have been scheduled for construction as part of the city’s road improvement program, which already has begun and will continue until the end of 2021. The tiny circles on the map represent locations where construction will occur.

Map provided by the city of Berkley


Berkley begins road improvement program, will last until 2021

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published September 8, 2020

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BERKLEY — Two years after its approval, the city of Berkley began its road improvement program, which will last until the end of 2021.

Berkley’s road program comes from a capital improvement project millage that was approved by voters in 2018. The work on the city’s roads began the week of Aug. 31, headed by Italia Construction Inc.

Though the project was approved two years ago, it’s only getting started now because the city needed to collect the necessary funds from residents through taxes in order to pay for the program, said Department of Public Works Director Derrick Schueller. The project costs will be $1.6 million.

The construction work will start in the southern region of Berkley and eventually make its way north. Schueller said this was purposefully done to avoid the current road resurfacing project taking place on 12 Mile Road by the Road Commission for Oakland County.

Schueller said the scope of the work will include 170 locations throughout the city.

“I don’t think it’ll be fair to say every road, but we’re obviously going to be touching a lot of spots with over 170 locations … spread out over 2020 and 2021,” he said.

The construction company will have until November 2020 to complete as much work as it can for this year. Schueller did not know if it would be completing half of the project’s construction during that time.

“We’re gonna just kind of get them going and see how far we get,” he said. “If we’re able to do more than half before the end of the year and the weather cooperates, then that’s great. And if not, we’ll finish whatever we don’t get to this year in 2021.”

During the construction, Schueller said, the contractor is not allowed to close down a complete street, so half of a road will be open while undergoing improvements.

“We want them to only be able to do half at a time so that we’re always maintaining some level of traffic,” he said. “We’re not anticipating any full road closures, but obviously there’s gonna be times when the ... road width is going to be minimized. As far as full road closures, we’re not anticipating any of those with this project.”

As for how residents can learn when the road improvements will be getting near their residential streets, Community Engagement Officer Torri Mathes said the best way is to sign up for an email blast at www.tinyurl.com/berkleyroadimprovements. People also are encouraged to follow the city’s website at www.berkleymich.org and www.berkleymich.org/constructionprojects​.

“What we’ll be doing is once the contractor gets kind of situated and in the groove of things, he’ll be giving us updates on when he’ll be transitioning to each of the streets,” she said. “When I receive that from the contractor, I’ll be pushing out those updates.”

Mathes also said there will be signage placed on-site while the contractor is doing the work so that residents know what is going on.

Given the nature of the project, Mathes said, the city hasn’t decided if it will mail any alerts to residents physically.

“Because … it’s all over the city, they’re still trying to figure out the logistics if that’s the route that they want to go,” she said. “The contractor could literally be there for half a day doing patch work and then they could move on to the next thing.”

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