Crews were supposed to switch to the west side of South Campbell Road Sept. 4, but work is currently on hold due to the breakdown of negotiations between the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association and union Operating Engineers 324.

Crews were supposed to switch to the west side of South Campbell Road Sept. 4, but work is currently on hold due to the breakdown of negotiations between the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association and union Operating Engineers 324.

Photo by Sarah Wojcik


Gardenia, South Campbell road projects on hold

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published September 10, 2018

 The intersection of Gardenia Avenue and Campbell Road currently has no concrete as part of a resurfacing project that began last month and was scheduled to be done by the end of October. Work is on hold due to the breakdown of negotiations between the  Michigan  Infrastructure & Transportation Association and union Operating Engineers 324.

The intersection of Gardenia Avenue and Campbell Road currently has no concrete as part of a resurfacing project that began last month and was scheduled to be done by the end of October. Work is on hold due to the breakdown of negotiations between the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association and union Operating Engineers 324.

Photo by Sarah Wojcik

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ROYAL OAK — Effective Sept. 4, the breakdown of negotiations between the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association and union Operating Engineers 324 resulted in the stalling of several large road projects across the state.

Locally, those projects include major roadwork being done on Gardenia Avenue and South Campbell Road. It also affects major road construction projects on Interstate 75, Interstate 96 and Interstate 696.

“They are kind of on hold right now because the contractors are subject to that lockout,” Royal Oak Engineer Matthew Callahan said. “We’re going to be posting something on our Facebook page for people not to worry about the lack of progress.”

He said the $1.2 million resurfacing project on Gardenia Avenue, from just east of Main Street to Campbell Road, began approximately four weeks ago and was scheduled to be done by the end of October.

“We hope and pray that something will be resolved before then, because right now, we have an entire intersection (at Campbell) missing with no concrete, and it does affect other neighborhood streets,” Callahan said.

The road is currently closed to through traffic.

The scope of the project includes milling and resurfacing asphalt pavement; reconstruction of the curved portion of the road; installing a raised intersection at Alexander Avenue; installing a pedestrian refuge island east of Vermont Avenue; replacing sidewalk ramps at intersection corners; and restriping the roadway.

The city hired Troy-based AJAX Paving Industries to complete the work, and Pontiac-based Nowak & Fraus Engineers to oversee and inspect the project.

Holly Donoghue, a city engineer, said the majority of the concrete work on Gardenia Avenue is complete except for the large section at Campbell Road.

“We really want to get it done by this fall,” she said. “Our hands are tied.”

Callahan said the $2.7 million resurfacing project on South Campbell Road, from 10 Mile to 11 Mile roads, is more difficult to address because it’s a much busier road. The project began in mid-June and was slated to wrap up in late October.

It includes new traffic signals at East Fourth Street and Dallas Avenue, new crosswalks, two pedestrian islands and a “road diet” that will take the four-lane road down to two traffic lanes, a center turn lane and two outside bike lanes between East Fourth Street and Dallas Avenue.

The scope of the project includes milling off the existing road surface, repairing the concrete base, replacing curbs and driveway approaches, and resurfacing the road with asphalt.

The city hired Warren-based Angelo Iafrate Construction and Rochester-based Spalding DeDecker to oversee and inspect the project.

“They were supposed to switch to (the west side of the road) yesterday,” Callahan said in a Sept. 5 phone interview. “They finished most of the east side except for a final asphalt layer and some curb adjustments. It’s yet to be seen what’s going to happen there.”

Donoghue said the South Campbell Road project is approximately 50 percent complete.

“I think Campbell is probably the bigger impediment to traffic flow. A lot of people take that for their morning and afternoon commutes,” she said. “Gardenia is more of a burden for residential traffic.”

Callahan added that the hold on major road projects does not have any impact on smaller paving and patching projects or sidewalk restoration.

For more information, call the Royal Oak Engineering Division at (248) 246-3260 or visit www.romi.gov/currentprojects.

 

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