Camera pole replacement slated for July 14

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published July 11, 2018

 MDOT has scheduled the replacement of a camera pole looking onto the westbound lanes of Interstate 696 for July 14, and the project will require a service drive closure, according to Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins.

MDOT has scheduled the replacement of a camera pole looking onto the westbound lanes of Interstate 696 for July 14, and the project will require a service drive closure, according to Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins.

Photo by Bria Brown

ROSEVILLE — Construction season runs April through November, and this year, Roseville is affected not only by the Michigan Department of Transportation’s “Restore the Reuther” project, but also by another project that was approved prior to the freeway project, according to Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins.  

MDOT recently notified the city that some “fiber replacement” would happen. 

“It’s known as the intelligent traffic system — the cameras on the freeway. We have a camera pole and a camera that’s located on the (Interstate) 696 westbound lanes at or near Barkman (Street),” said Adkins during the Roseville City Council’s June 26 meeting. 

MDOT was looking to schedule the replacement of the pole for July 14, and it would require a service drive closure. 

“While the existing pole is removed and the new pole is set — we don’t have a time frame at this point, but it will be a daytime project,” Adkins said June 26.  

The 11 Mile Road service drive traffic will be detoured along Martin Road, as opposed to running traffic through the neighborhood streets, Adkins said. The detour will be coordinated through Macomb County, he added. 

“This is not a project directly related to the I-696 reconstruction. It was approved prior to the construction, but it is going on at the same time,” said Adkins. 

Adkins said the Roseville Police Department would be made aware of the construction and detour.  

On July 5, Roseville Deputy Police Chief Donald Glandon said that the traffic officers hadn’t been made aware of the detour yet, but “it is still early.”

The Eastsider went to press July 6.

A “mistake” in June reportedly required the removal and replacement of newly poured concrete in a two-lane, half-mile section near Gratiot Avenue. Adkins said the section reportedly did not satisfy MDOT inspections. 

“That is at the contractor’s cost and is not in addition to the entire project,” said Adkins. 

Roseville also received a request from MDOT to continue saw-cutting in the overnight and early morning hours, Adkins said. The council did not take any action at the June 26 meeting.

The City Manager’s Office has not been made aware of any complaints in regard to noise, according to Adkins.