The Macomb Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved a project to widen Romeo Plank Road and work on an intersection a half-mile north of 21 Mile Road to 23 Mile Road.

The Macomb Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved a project to widen Romeo Plank Road and work on an intersection a half-mile north of 21 Mile Road to 23 Mile Road.

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Cost sharing approved for Romeo Plank widening

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published August 27, 2021

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The project for a main stretch of road in Macomb Township has received further approval.

Postponed from a July meeting was a request to execute a cost sharing agreement for design and right-of-way costs with the Macomb County Department of Roads.

At the Aug. 11 Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting, the board unanimously approved the agreement.

The project is Romeo Plank Road widening and intersection work a half-mile north of 21 Mile Road to 23 Mile Road.

Supervisor Frank Viviano said costs exceeded the township’s initial estimates.

“There was a lot more right-of-way acquisition than internally we considered,” he said. “Prices that the county gave us are an estimate based on the worst-case scenario in their process of designing the road.”

He added the county agreed the cost could be split in two fiscal years.

Viviano said the township will stick to its budgeted amount of $1.2 million this fiscal year and pay the remainder in fiscal year 2022.

He noted the intersection at 22 Mile and Romeo Plank roads may or may not be a roundabout.

Trustee Peter Lucido said it’s been commonplace for the price to start as an estimate; then, it’s 50% more than what the township thought.

Macomb Township Engineer Jim Van Tiflin said design costs are based on a percentage of construction.

“That will fluctuate depending on what those costs are,” he said. “A major portion of this is right-of-way acquisition. They are trying to be conservative with their number. In talking with the right-of-way department, it sounds (like) they went worst-case scenario. Hopefully, this will come in lower and see some of this money be put toward the construction phase.”

Van Tiflin said that won’t be known until right-of-way acquisition and design work is complete.

It will be a 50-50 cost split, with Macomb Township’s cost an estimated $2.45 million.

A second agreement will be provided by MCDOR to cover the costs of the construction phase of the project at a later date.

The pre-construction work for this project includes survey, engineering plans, testing and field staking.

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