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 The Clawson City Council recently voted to use leftover funds from the city’s 14 Mile Road and Main Street resurfacing project, and funds from Oakland County, to repair Main Street from Gardner Avenue to Chippewa Street.

The Clawson City Council recently voted to use leftover funds from the city’s 14 Mile Road and Main Street resurfacing project, and funds from Oakland County, to repair Main Street from Gardner Avenue to Chippewa Street.

Photo by Sarah Wojcik


Clawson to use surplus funding for Main Street repairs

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published March 18, 2020

 The road project involves the removal and replacement of failed concrete along Main Street, from Gardner Avenue south to the city limit at Chippewa Street, as well as drainage improvements.

The road project involves the removal and replacement of failed concrete along Main Street, from Gardner Avenue south to the city limit at Chippewa Street, as well as drainage improvements.

Photo by Sarah Wojcik

CLAWSON — On March 3, the Clawson City Council unanimously voted to use leftover funds from the city’s bonded 14 Mile Road and Main Street resurfacing project, and funds from Oakland County, to repair Main Street from Gardner Avenue to Chippewa Street.

In April 2018, the city approved issuing bonds to pay for Clawson’s portion of the 14 Mile and Main project, and it has approximately $130,000 left over. The Oakland County Board of Commissioners also allotted $19,041 for the additional repairs to Main Street.

Harry Drinkwine, Clawson’s director of engineering services, said he opted to utilize the funds before they expired to fix the rest of Main Street to the Clawson city limit.

The original project resurfaced 14 Mile Road, from South Washington to Bellevue avenues, and Main Street, from Gardner to Broadacre avenues. It cost approximately $1.2 million, with 60% covered by a federal surface transportation grant and 40% covered by the city of Clawson. The city bonded its portion, which cost approximately $770,000.

The $19,041 is a 2019 appropriation from the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, designated for making improvements to major roads that affect economic development, Drinkwine said.

“The county (doles out) $1 million spread out between communities based on road miles,” said Michael Smith, a senior project engineer with Anderson, Eckstein & Westrick Inc.

The new project involves the removal and replacement of failed concrete along Main Street, from Gardner Avenue south to the city limit at Chippewa Street, as well as drainage improvements.

“It’s really not a big project,” Drinkwine said. “We will replace approximately 200 to 300 feet of pavement. We’re just removing some of the failed pavement and broken-up concrete (and replacing it).”

He said he anticipates beginning roadwork as soon as the weather breaks, with the goal of wrapping up before the city of Clawson’s well-attended Fourth of July celebrations and the Clawson Lions Club’s annual August car show.

“The sooner, the better,” Drinkwine said. “We anticipate (wrapping up) sometime in late spring.”

For more information, call Clawson City Hall at (248) 435-4500.