Work has begun on 23 Mile Road between Card Road and North Avenue. 23 Mile Road is pictured looking east toward North Avenue.

Work has begun on 23 Mile Road between Card Road and North Avenue. 23 Mile Road is pictured looking east toward North Avenue.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

Macomb Township fall road projects update

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published October 26, 2020 | Updated November 3, 2020 12:58pm


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — From road widening to roundabout work, projects are abound in Macomb Township.

Some projects completed this year and now open to traffic include trench widening, adding a bypass lane, and extension of the center turn lane on 21 Mile Road, from Fork to Card roads, and widening 21 Mile Road from Schoenherr to Garfield roads.

Macomb Township Engineer Jim Van Tiflin said 21 Mile Road by Card Road was widened to five lanes, with the addition of a center turn lane.

Regarding road widening on 23 Mile Road from North Avenue to Card Road, Eric Dimoff, who handles communications and public relations for the Macomb County Department of Roads, said work began on underground drainage structures in October.

“The bulk of the work includes, but is not limited to, converting the road from two lanes to five lanes, improved traffic signals at the intersection of 23 Mile Road and Card Road, and a sidewalk will be initiated in the spring of 2021,” he said.

The anticipated completion date is the middle to end of the summer of 2021.

For road extension of Garfield Road, from 22 Mile to 23 Mile roads, Dimoff said the county and township are currently working to secure right-of-way between 22 Mile and 23 Mile roads.

For roundabout work at the intersection of Romeo Plank and 25 Mile roads, work is set to include converting the intersection from a traditional intersection to a roundabout. The project is currently in planning and design with work anticipated to begin next year.

Van Tiflin said the roundabout would accommodate the Garfield Road extension north of 22 Mile Road.

Dimoff added that the next segment of 23 Mile Road from Card to Heydenreich roads would be widened from two lanes to five lanes.

“The plan is to bid this project out in early summer of 2021 and start work in late 2021,” he said. “This will allow enough time for the 23 Mile Road construction project, from North Avenue to Card Road, to be completed.”

The 23 Mile Road project is anticipated to go through the fall and into the spring of 2022.

Future road work plans presented by Van Tiflin include extending Broughton Road from Town Hall to 23 Mile Road, which likely will be done in phases.

Currently, Broughton Road runs south from 27 Mile Road for about 2.5 miles.

Lane improvements have been identified at Garfield and 21 Mile roads, and 25 Mile and Broughton roads.

When asked what 2020 has been like for the department and operating amid a pandemic, Macomb County Department of Roads Director Bryan Santo said that while it has been a challenging construction season, the department continues to take all necessary precautions to keep the motoring public and its staff safe.

“We are committed to improving Macomb County’s infrastructure by working with the 27 local communities within the county, including Macomb Township, to deliver quality road and bridge projects,” he said.

Van Tiflin said work scheduled for 2022 includes the areas of 22 Mile and Card roads, Hayes Road north of 23 Mile Road, Heydenreich Road south of 23 Mile Road, and Fairchild road between Hall Road and a half-mile north.