City council approves 11 Mile Road rehabilitation

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published July 30, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — People traveling down 11 Mile Road from Inkster may soon be experiencing some delays and road closures due to roadwork set to take place in early August.

The Southfield City Council unanimously approved the rehabilitation of 2,200 feet the road at its committee-of-the-whole meeting on Monday, July 21.

“What we’re doing is putting a couple inches of stone on the existing road and 5.5 inches of asphalt,” said Assistant City Engineer Leigh Schultz.

During the meeting, Schultz explained that the layer of stone helps separate the old road from the new asphalt.

Schultz also explained that the project is a continuation of an earlier construction project on the road.

“During phase two of the project, the road will be closed to through traffic,” Schultz said. “Anybody who needs to get to their business or residence will be driving on a temporary road surface.”

Concrete curbs will be added to the road, as well as a median featuring landscaping, lighting, plants and mulch. The median will cost an estimated $66,146.

The total estimated cost for the project sits at $983,400. The city will be provided with $623,750 of federal aid, making the Southfield share $425,796.

The city’s portion of the project, including the median work, will be paid for from a transfer from the 2014-15 Local Finance Development Authority budget.

While the construction project will be improving the condition of the road, City Administrator Fred Zorn said the finished product will give visitors an idea of what Southfield is all about.

“It makes sense to develop a road project that says, ‘Welcome to Southfield,’” Zorn said.  “The other thing is to create a greater sense of place, something that you recognize as a distinctive part of the city.”

Construction of the road is set to run through mid-October.