Cost-share agreement approved for Garfield Road reconstruction

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published September 23, 2019

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A debilitated stretch of road in Clinton Township is slated to receive a face-lift next year.

On Sept. 9, the Clinton Township Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve a cost-share agreement to fix Garfield Road, between Hall Road and about 1,000 feet south of 19 Mile Road. The township will split costs 50-50 with the Macomb County Department of Roads, for a project totaling about $3.9 million.

The township and the county will split about $1 million worth of costs, while federal funding will cover about $2.9 million. The project will include about $161,500 in preliminary engineering, $484,400 in construction engineering and inspection, $3.2 million in general construction costs, and almost $97,000 in administrative fees.

Other aspects of the project will include materials, testing, field staking, labor and equipment, right-of-way acquisition, signing and pavement marking.

“Changes to the construction project in funding has become more complicated, and there are more and more rules that the Macomb County (Department of Roads) must abide by when doing the actual design and construction of this project,” Township Supervisor Bob Cannon said Sept. 9.

Public Services Director Mary Bednar said the construction project was brought back to the board because the last time it was discussed in January, the township’s cost share was estimated at $375,000.

“We needed to bring it back so you’re aware there is an increase, but the scope did change,” she said.

Trustee Ken Pearl said the township has made strides in treating decaying roads, including the fix on Garfield, between Metropolitan Parkway and Millar Road, which occurred earlier this year.

This project will likely be conducted in a similar scope, by grinding down asphalt.

“I don’t think we have a choice,” Pearl said. “This road is budgeted at almost $4 million. The road’s horrible, (and) like most of the roads in Clinton Township, needs to be redone.”

Treasurer Paul Gieleghem said the project makes sense from the township’s vantage point.

“We’re spending $500,000 of general fund money and we’re getting $4 million worth of road work done,” he said.

The project’s timetable is currently unknown, although Bednar said the county is likely looking to commence in the spring or summer of 2020.

Cannon later said the cost-share agreement was “another fine example” of cooperation between the township and the county.

“It will make a huge improvement for all of us, especially the hospital and college (that) bring many people into our community every single day,” he said. “We can’t wait until they break ground on their project in the spring. The sooner, the better.”

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