Drain, bridge work continues in township

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published August 10, 2017


HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Crews have been visible for the past month along Metropolitan Parkway in Harrison Township as work continues to improve a pedestrian bridge just southwest of Shoreline Drive, as well as cleaning and extending a culvert under the road and constructing an access drive to the pump station behind the Beechwood Apartments, east of North Pointe Parkway.

The total project is being funded largely by a Stormwater Asset Management and Wastewater grant through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, members of the 900-acre special assessment district, township general funds, and drain improvement funds awarded in May by the Macomb County Public Works Office.

Harrison Township Supervisor Ken Verkest said the formerly wooden pedestrian bridge is nearing completion and will become asphalt. Work will continue with the completion of the service entrance on the north side of 16 Mile Road, culvert improvements, followed by the construction of a new pump station and, finally, the demolition of the old pump station.

The pump station, built in the 1970s, is near where several county drains converge and pump storm water to Lake St. Clair. Officials say the aging pump is unable to keep up with water volumes in times of rain, causing water over roads and flooded yards in central Harrison Township.

Work is slated to be complete Nov. 15.