A truck drives past a damaged portion of Merrill Road in Sterling Heights. City officials say the road will receive repairs from around 18 1/2 Mile Road to M-59 as part of this year’s road construction plans.

A truck drives past a damaged portion of Merrill Road in Sterling Heights. City officials say the road will receive repairs from around 18 1/2 Mile Road to M-59 as part of this year’s road construction plans.

File photo by Deb Jacques


City announces 2019 roads agenda

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published February 25, 2019

 Patching and wear are visible on Merrill Road.

Patching and wear are visible on Merrill Road.

File photos by Deb Jacques

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Although pothole season is not yet over, Sterling Heights city officials said they are eager to begin a campaign to repair several major roads this year in addition to some local streets.

During a Feb. 19 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool gave a short presentation on the city’s road repair plans for the upcoming construction season. Vanderpool said motorists can expect to see “numerous” projects on major roads, similar to in 2018.

“Road construction projects are currently in the planning stages,” Vanderpool said. “And we have another very robust year for road-improvement projects throughout the city.”

Overall, officials plan to complete more than $15 million worth of major road projects this construction season, Vanderpool said. He added that one of the main projects will be the resurfacing of 19 Mile Road from Hayes Road to Schoenherr Road for $1.9 million.

Officials are planning $2.6 million in resurfacing work on 14 Mile Road from Ryan to Dequindre roads. According to Vanderpool, while this project has been long-anticipated, Warren first has to complete a water main project. 

“Once the water main project is complete, then that road can be resurfaced this summer,” he said. 

Other projects include $1.7 million in fixes to Metropolitan Parkway near Van Dyke Avenue and Home Depot. Merrill Road is on the list for $2.3 million in paving repairs between 18 1/2 Mile Road and M-59.

“This, too, is a much-anticipated project,” Vanderpool said.

Road crews plan to resurface 18 Mile Road for $1.5 million from Mound Road to Ryan Road. They also will tackle the next phase of Utica Road resurfacing from Dodge Park Road to Van Dyke Avenue for $1.6 million.

Last year, the city fixed Schoenherr Road from 15 Mile Road northward to the Plumbrook Drain. And this year, the city plans to continue repairs from the drain northward to around 19 Mile, Vanderpool said. City officials expect that project to cost around $3.8 million.

The city plans to install banners in March announcing some of the upcoming road construction projects, he said.

Besides the major roads, some neighborhood streets will also get attention.

“We also have the biggest year planned in our city’s history for local road improvements at just over $7 million, so there will be many neighborhood roads improved this summer,” Vanderpool said.

When it was time for public comment, resident Joe Judnick asked the city to have the Department of Public Works tend to Merrill Road. 

“Pothole season is upon us in full swing,” he said. “It’s atrocious already.” 

Resident Charles Jefferson wanted to know more about repairs to 19 Mile Road between Clinton River and Schoenherr roads, as well as on Utica Road between Hayes and Schoenherr roads.

 “That is in terrible, terrible condition,” he said. 

Later in the meeting, Councilwoman Maria Schmidt called for faster work to the latter road.

“I don’t think Utica Road from Hayes to Schoenherr can last another summer,” she said. “I know it’s a county road, but we have to have some input as to getting that expedited, because it is horrendous.”

Find out more about Sterling Heights by visiting www.sterling-heights.net or by calling (586) 446-2489.

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