City approves engineering proposal for roadwork

By: April Lehmbeck | Advertiser Times | Published August 26, 2015

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HARPER WOODS — The city is moving ahead with a more than $1 million road construction project on Beaconsfield and Eight Mile roads.

Federal dollars will fund a large portion of the project.

The City Council unanimously approved an engineering proposal through Anderson, Eckstein & Westrick Inc. during its Aug. 10 meeting.

“Harper Woods has been awarded federal funding through the Surface Transportation Program for the reconstruction of Beaconsfield Road from Vernier to Eight Mile, and for the pavement patching on Eight Mile from Beaconsfield to Harper,” City Manager Randolph Skotarczyk said.

The council was on a tight schedule to approve the proposal. The plans need to be approved by Jan. 31, 2016, to secure the funding. If the city were to miss the deadline, it would risk redistribution of the federal money.

“AEW needs to begin working on this project as soon as possible,” Skotarczyk said.

The federal funds will cover $875,000, with the city providing a match of about $460,000. Of that amount, the engineering costs will total about $250,000.

The project consists of reconstructing Beaconsfield between Vernier and Eight Mile, as well as pavement patching on Eight Mile between Beaconsfield and Harper, according to city information.

The construction will be completed during the 2016 construction season.

Mayor Pro Tem Vivian Sawicki raised a question about how changes in the road conditions in the upcoming months could affect the cost.

“I’m a little concerned about that, given the fact that it was so damaged by winter,” she said.

If this year’s winter is as harsh as recent winters, her concern is that the roads may deteriorate further and increase the cost.

Skotarczyk said that contingencies are included in the estimated cost, so they will not have to deal with cost increases.

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