Ishrat Jahan, a Michigan Department of Transportation project manager, talks about the M-5 project to the public Sept. 26 at Farmington City Hall.

Ishrat Jahan, a Michigan Department of Transportation project manager, talks about the M-5 project to the public Sept. 26 at Farmington City Hall.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


M-5 to see bridge work, milling, resurfacing

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published October 9, 2018

 Attendees of MDOT’s M-5 project informational meeting talk about the project and look over the detours and details.

Attendees of MDOT’s M-5 project informational meeting talk about the project and look over the detours and details.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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FARMINGTON — Sign replacements, bridge work and milling will all be part of a Michigan Department of Transportation project on M-5, between Eight Mile Road and 13 Mile Road. 

MDOT hosted an open house public meeting for the project — construction is slated for April-October 2019 — Sept. 26 at Farmington City Hall.

The work will include milling and replacing asphalt, bridge rehabilitations over M-5 on Drake Road and Grand River Avenue, and sign replacements, a press release states.  

MDOT is bringing $8.9 million to the table for the work, which spans across Farmington, Farmington Hills and Novi, the release states. 

Ishrat Jahan, the project manager and a design engineer for MDOT’s metro region, said during the meeting that signs will be upgraded and the project is funded by mostly state money, along with some federal funds.

“We’re going to maintain one lane each direction throughout the week (during the duration of the project), but there will be weekend closures,” she said. “After we are done with the project, the pavement condition … will significantly improve, so people will drive better.”

The press release states that the plans feature single- and double-lane closures, with limited full closures on the weekends. 

The work on Grand River Avenue and Drake Road will also require full closures, with traffic detoured, the release states. 

MDOT is working with the city on arrangements for overnight and weekend work.

Farmington City Manager David Murphy said recently that the MDOT project is going to be “better for everybody.”

“I commute that way, so I’m looking forward to it when it is done, because it will be better, but I’m glad that MDOT’s putting some money into the infrastructure where they are fixing two bridges, doing mill and overlay,” he said. “I’m just glad the state’s finally doing something with the roads.”

Farmington resident Lynn Morgan said during the meeting that in his opinion, the project “doesn’t go quite far enough.”

“That is another story; it will be interesting to see how it handles traffic after (construction),” he said. “(It) will be beneficial to everybody that drives it.”

The project will include milling and replacing asphalt on M-5 between Grand River Avenue and I-696, including the ramps, along with concrete pavement repairs and joint repairs, the release states.

Replacing and upgrading signs on M-5 between Eight Mile and 13 Mile roads is also on tap.

The project also consists of a concrete overlay and replacing a barrier wall at the M-5/Grand River Avenue intersection, and replacing beams and a bridge deck on the Drake Road bridge over eastbound M-5, the release states.

Jeff Pitt, a construction project manager for MDOT, said the bridge repairs should help drivers stop hitting the bridges.

“We’ve had … hits,” he said. The bridges will be raised to allow for more clearance.

He said that the milling, sign replacements and bridge work are three projects rolled into one.

“(We) packaged them all together so they will be a part of the same contract, so we are not out here year after year,” he said.

For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/drive.

To look at a detail of the project area, go to bit.ly/2O6Bb Aa.

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