The view of 21 Mile Road seen from a parking lot along Card Road looking west. Traffic flow has been shifted with eastbound traffic having to travel the shoulder of a small portion.

The view of 21 Mile Road seen from a parking lot along Card Road looking west. Traffic flow has been shifted with eastbound traffic having to travel the shoulder of a small portion.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Macomb Township gets summer road project update

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published July 28, 2020

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A road project is expected to open to traffic in the coming month, while sidewalk work has been approved for 2022.

At the July 15 Macomb County Board of Commissioners public services committee meeting, the Macomb County Department of Roads, or MCDR, provided an update to the 21 Mile Road widening and resurfacing project west of Card Road in Macomb Township.

The project spans from approximately 0.57 miles east of Heydenreich Road to Card Road, plus a sufficient distance before and after the project to warn motorists of the construction ahead.

It calls for roadway widening and resurfacing including station grading, sewer work, aggregate base, cold milling, hot mix asphalt pavement, pavement markings and restoration work.

Project details include extending the center turn lane on 21 Mile onto Card Road.

The project began June 22 and is expected to open to traffic Aug. 28, with a final completion date of Sept. 30.

Other MCDR projects in Macomb Township this year, as listed on its website, include roundabout work at the intersection of Romeo Plank and 25 Mile roads, road widening on 23 Mile Road from North Avenue to Card Road, and extending Garfield Road from 22 Mile to 23 Mile roads.

Roundabout work is estimated at around $1.4 million and is expected to finish in October.

Widening on 23 Mile Road calls for reconstruction from two to five lanes and is expected to begin in the fall and finish next year. Phase one of Garfield extension comes at a price tag of $2.3 million and is planned to begin in the fall and finish in the winter.

Also in July, the Macomb Township Board of Trustees gave the go-ahead for design work to proceed for pathways in the township.

This phase of the Macomb Township Pathway Gap Closure Program is for 2022 and consists of the installation of 8-foot pathways in the areas of Fairchild Road between Hall and 21 Mile roads, the 22 Mile and Card roads intersection, Hayes just north of 23 Mile, and Heydenreich from 23 Mile to the south.

“We usually have three programs going at the same time,” Macomb Township Engineer Jim Van Tiflin said. “One under construction, one in easement acquisition, and one under design.”

The total cost for this project is estimated at just over $1.2 million. A portion of the pathway is included in previously acquired abeyances, possibly reducing the total construction cost of the project by approximately $218,620.

The sidewalk gap fill program is a sliding 10-year program that proposes to spend approximately $1 million a year to acquire the necessary rights of way and construct sidewalks/pathways to close gaps in the system.

It was decided last year that the 2021 pathway program would be increased to $2 million.

The 2021 program consists of the installation of 8-foot pathways in the areas of Hayes and 25 Mile roads, Fairchild Road and 21 Mile Road, and Card Road between 22 Mile and 23 Mile roads. The total project cost for the 2021 program is $1,004,250.

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