Construction coming to North Avenue

By: Thomas Franz | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published October 21, 2015

 Crews work to repair a water main break on North Avenue, just north of 21 Mile Road, this past February. That section of road will be under construction soon.

Crews work to repair a water main break on North Avenue, just north of 21 Mile Road, this past February. That section of road will be under construction soon.

Photo provided by Gerry Wangelin

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A road construction project related to a water main break in February has been slated for an area of North Avenue just north of 21 Mile Road.

The repaving construction will begin Oct. 26 and last about a week, according to Macomb County Department of Roads Director Bob Hoepfner.

“The damage goes across four lanes — it’s extensive, and we have to do it in stages,” Hoepfner said.

Hoepfner said the road will remain open to traffic, but crews will likely shut down two lanes at a time.

“It’ll be a little messy, but we will get traffic through. It’ll be congested,” Hoepfner said. “We’ll be shifting traffic back and forth; it doesn’t extend into 21 Mile Road. I would recommend alternate routes, but we’ll get it done.”

On Feb. 12 this past winter, a large water main break occurred on that portion of North Avenue, and crews found that water was seeping out of every crack in the area. As water spilled out, materials like sand, gravel and dirt were being lost as well.

A cold patch was performed on the area the day after the break before opening back up for traffic. Over the summer, Gerry Wangelin, the Macomb Township Water and Sewer Department superintendent, said the road has settled, creating a need for the pavement replacement.

Wangelin said the cost of the repair to the township will be $136,041.

“Water main breaks are what they are — everyone experiences them,” Wangelin said. “We probably only have 12 to 15 a year, whereas a lot of communities have that many in a week. This portion of the water main is fairly old. It’s creeping up on 40 years old.”

A motion to approve the contract with the county roads department for the project was passed unanimously by the Macomb Township Board of Trustees on Oct. 14.

“This is part of our replacement program coming in 2016 to replace the water main in this area. We’ll replace fire hydrants, valves, everything that goes with the water main,” Wangelin said. “Basically, what we’ll do is get the water main moved out from underneath the influence of the pavement.”

Wangelin added that the Water and Sewer Department intends on moving the water main from underneath the road to beneath a grassy area on the northwest corner of the intersection. Wangelin said that further work on the water main will occur during this upcoming winter in early 2016.

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