Board approves MDOT contract for Hall Road enhancements

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published March 15, 2017

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — An agreement was formally approved between Clinton Township and the Michigan Department of Transportation for Hall Road enhancements.

The Clinton Township Board of Trustees voted 7-0 during a special March 7 meeting to approve a resolution and grant authorization for MDOT to execute agreed upon road improvements.

Original introduction to the enhancements occurred during the Nov. 28 board meeting, when stamped crosswalks were approved. The board unanimously approved mast arm traffic signal enhancements at the Dec. 12 meeting after waiting to figure out fair costs as included in the contract.

Clinton Township Planning Director Carlo Santia said the board originally approved approximately $368,000 for the project. The current contract includes a revised estimate of $356,700, which will save the township money — at least in the present time.

Money that was approved but is not used will remain in the township’s general fund.

Santia noted that the approved amount is still an estimate, with the township being billed for the amount of work.

Township Attorney Jack Dolan said he worked in conjunction with Santia, attempting to communicate with MDOT to make changes to the contractual document.

“Their position with us is that we had to accept that without any changes,” Dolan told the board March 7. “They were completely unwilling to make any changes.”

He added that due to the nature of the project, the amount of work performed and MDOT’s jurisdiction over roadways, the township was in a position to execute the contract because there was no other action to take besides choosing not to proceed.

Other communities impacted by the work being done on the M-59 corridor, such as Utica and Sterling Heights, receive ACT 51 funds from the state. The state uses revenue to provide some local municipalities with funding options, though Clinton Township is not part of that equation.

Dolan said one of the things MDOT included was excess contract language in relation to governmental immunity.

“The law on governmental immunity is statutory, meaning the statutes explain how it works and entities have, for example, certain jurisdictions of aspects of highways,” he said.

The roads themselves will be under the jurisdiction of MDOT, Macomb County or local cities that receive ACT 51 monies.

Clinton Township isn’t going anywhere, Dolan said, and always pays its bills, so there is no concern for adverse economic effects.

Santia added that a change in the contract was made regarding required maintenance of crosswalks, which would occur even within the roadway. He said it was not the township’s responsibility, and that clause was removed from the contract prior to the board’s approval.

Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon said he was originally told that the township wasn’t part of the proposed plans one or two years ago. Things have changed though.

“Today, we’re at a point where they are going to do from Hayes to Romeo Plank in Clinton Township,” Cannon said March 7.

MDOT’s intention this year is to complete roadways from Mound Road up to Dalcoma Drive, Cannon said, and then work from Dalcoma to Romeo Plank Road if time is allotted. That depends on weather-related impact and work schedules. Otherwise, that project will continue in 2018.

“They’re going to do as much they can,” he said.

An extra driving lane on Hall Road is expected to be temporarily constructed during the construction period.

Work is expected to begin this spring.