The Macomb Township Board of Trustees sent a letter to the Macomb County Department of Roads committing to help fund three road projects in the near future, which includes extending Garfield Road from 22 Mile Road to 25 Mile Road.

The Macomb Township Board of Trustees sent a letter to the Macomb County Department of Roads committing to help fund three road projects in the near future, which includes extending Garfield Road from 22 Mile Road to 25 Mile Road.

File photo by Joshua Gordon


Bypass, center-turn lanes to be added along 21 Mile Road

Board asks Macomb County to look into further road projects

By: Joshua Gordon | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published September 11, 2018

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township will see the first of several new bypass lanes installed soon as well as the beginning of the widening project of 23 Mile Road throughout the community.

After several meetings with the Macomb County Department of Roads, which oversees the road projects for the township, two bypass lanes will be added to 21 Mile Road near Tilch Road to help with congestion and a left-turn lane near Card Road on 21 Mile will be extended for the same reason.

Township Engineer Jim Van Tiflin said the township met with the county at the end of last year and gave the county a list of the top 12 areas in the community where a bypass lane or center-turn lane were most necessary.

The first four will be a step in the right direction, but Van Tiflin said the township has more after the initial dozen are completed.

Both bypass lanes near Tilch will be for eastbound traffic turning left into two subdivisions so traffic can go around them on the two-lane road. By Card, the current center-turn lane will be extended beyond the Kroger complex to allow for easier left turns into the Kroger gas station as well as into a trailer park community.

Van Tiflin said the county has already put the work out for bid and work should begin on the bypass lanes this fall with the work near Card Road starting next year.

Township Clerk Kristi Pozzi said the work will be a welcome addition to the busy 21 Mile corridor.

“We all know how the congestion gets on 21 Mile Road,” Pozzi said. “This is great news for us going forward with road improvements ahead of us to help with some congestion on one of our busiest roads.”

Work is also expected to begin this year on the 23 Mile widening project, starting on the eastside of Macomb Township by Chesterfield Township. Van Tiflin said 23 Mile is already five lanes in Chesterfield Township, so the work will continue off of that system.

The first phase of the widening will take place between Fairchild Road and North Avenue and in subsequent years the project will move westward until 23 Mile is five lanes throughout the community.

The Macomb County Department of Roads projects the first phase to cost around $9.7 million. The project has been put out for bid and Van Tiflin said he expects some storm sewer work to begin this fall with the main part of the project happening next year.

“We are trying to get a lot of road work done and see how it all fits together,” Van Tiflin said. “We are seeing some progress and we are happy to this point.”

The Board of Trustees also sent a letter to the Macomb County Department of Roads committing to help fund three future projects they are hoping to see completed. The list includes Garfield Road extended between 22 Mile and 25 Mile roads, Broughton Road being extended to Heydenreich Road between 24 Mile Road and 22 Mile, and connecting portions of 22 Mile on the eastside of the community.

Both the Garfield and Broughton/Heydenreich projects were highlighted this summer during a joint Macomb Township board and commissions meeting to allow for better flow from the south portion of the community to the north. Broughton in particular would allow for easier access to the Macomb Township municipal campus.

Van Tiflin said the letter lets the county know the township is ready to do their part to have these projects started. The township is hoping this starts the process of getting a cost estimate and a construction schedule estimate.

Supervisor Janet Dunn, who proposed the letter at the Aug. 22 meeting, said she hopes the letter will put the projects at the forefront for the county.

“We have had requests falling on deaf ears lately and we thought maybe a request in this form from the board would carry more weight,” Dunn said. “We want the projects to be funded at the soonest available opportunity so we do not miss the next funding cycle.”