City offers roadwork preview

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published July 7, 2017

 Construction barrels line M-59/Hall Road.

Construction barrels line M-59/Hall Road.

File photo by Deb Jacques

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Construction crews will soon direct their attention to roads and bridges in Sterling Heights, according to city officials.

During a June 20 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool warned residents that work crews will soon embark on another round of road construction in Sterling Heights.

“Everyone can enjoy the peace and quiet for now, for a few more weeks,” he said. “But suffice it to say, it’s going to be a very busy summer and fall for road activity.”

The city’s list puts upcoming road projects for the new fiscal year at a total of $56.9 million, and Vanderpool said the roadwork will be ongoing this year and into the next.

The largest project is the continuing construction work on M-59/Hall Road, from M-53 to Hayes Road, which Vanderpool billed as a $30 million project. The next-largest project, at around $8 million, will continue to take place along Dequindre Road into next year, and he said that will involve road widening between 18 Mile Road and M-59.

Vanderpool said the resurfacing of Schoenherr Road from 15 Mile Road to approximately Metropolitan Parkway is scheduled to take place this summer, costing around $2.7 million.

This summer will also see the completion of around $2.8 million in repairs to southbound Mound Road, between M-59 and 18 Mile Road, he said. Resurfacing work on 15 Mile Road, between Ryan and Mound roads, will cost approximately $1.3 million.

Vanderpool said the city has also been planning the allocation of “over $6 million” for local road sectional concrete repair and concrete reconstruction, which will take place in the summer and fall. A city list estimates that the concrete sectional repairs will cost $1.68 million and the concrete reconstruction will cost $3.2 million.

Among the other slated projects, resurfacing the Metro Parkway service drive near the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Sterling Heights Assembly Plant will cost an estimated $500,000. Resurfacing Clinton River Road from Schoenherr to Saal Road this summer is projected to cost around $700,000, and a reconstruction of Arlingdale Drive will cost $400,000.

“Numerous” bridge repairs will also be done, he added.

However, some projects will have to wait until next year, such as the approaches at Metro Parkway and Schoenherr, Vanderpool explained.

“You all know those are in very bad condition,” he said. “However, due to the road closure at 15 Mile near Hayes because of the sinkhole, that intersection work will not occur this year at Metro Parkway and Schoenherr. But it will be done next spring.”

Another project reserved for 2018 will involve Canal Road improvements from Van Dyke to Schoenherr, he said.

“So as you can see, we have almost $60 million of roadwork going on throughout Sterling Heights going on until next year,” he said. “Even if you take out the M-59 project and the other big one, Dequindre, we’re still looking at over $20 million in local roads and other roads in Sterling Heights … just over the next year. We have many more projects in the pipeline.”

According to Sterling Heights City Engineer Brent Bashaw, the city is advising residents to use alternate routes while the construction is taking place, if they can.

“There will be no road closures, but there will be lane reductions required to complete the work,” he said in an email.

Residents who want to stay informed on the latest road construction updates are encouraged to visit www.sterling-heights.net and search for “Cone Zone.”

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