During the Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting on Nov. 14, it was announced that township officials met with the Macomb County Department of Roads to discuss the possibility of construction of Garfield Road from 22 Mile to 25 Mile roads.

During the Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting on Nov. 14, it was announced that township officials met with the Macomb County Department of Roads to discuss the possibility of construction of Garfield Road from 22 Mile to 25 Mile roads.

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Macomb Township officials discuss Garfield extension

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published November 27, 2018

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Garfield Road is one step closer to being extended for a three-mile stretch.

At the Nov. 14 Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting, Supervisor Janet Dunn said that earlier this month, she, along with Township Engineer Jim Van Tiflin and Township Planner Patrick Meagher met with the Macomb County Department of Roads to discuss the possibility of construction of Garfield Road from 22 Mile to 25 Mile roads.

“We spoke about Garfield and to figure out how it would be approached and who would do what,” Van Tiflin said. “What’s going to happen next is the county will put together some cost-sharing agreements and send those to the township. This is similar to the process that’s been followed for a number of other projects, most recently with the widening of 23 Mile Road and the roundabout at 25 and Romeo Plank.”

Currently, northbound Garfield Road ends at 22 Mile Road and motorists must head east to Romeo Plank Road or west to Hayes Road to continue north.

“Roads in the township are driven by development and we have gotten a lot of right-of-way dedicated and roads put in by developers,” Van Tiflin said. “Developments south of 22 have gone in. That section of the township has not developed.”    

“They (Macomb County) have consented at last after many years of persistence by the township and especially Mr. Van Tiflin, who has relentlessly listed Garfield on the list of paving projects,” Dunn said. “This has been a long time coming and is sorely needed in this township to take some traffic off of Hayes, Romeo Plank and North Avenue.”

Van Tiflin said one of the top reasons Garfield should be extended is it is a traffic issue.

“Anybody that drives around Macomb Township knows that Romeo Plank is bad,” he said. “Once you get between Hayes and North Avenue, it’s our only north-south road that goes all the way through. It’s especially bad at the intersection of Romeo Plank and 22. Much of the traffic on east-west roads are forced to go there because there are few choices going north and south.”

When asked what the efforts of the township were like over the last year and half as it relates to Garfield being extended, Van Tiflin said, “We had our first sit down last year and the township made a formal request. We met on and off on several occasions since then.”

Van Tiflin hopes that the township board will approve the cost-sharing agreement for the preliminary engineering work at its next meeting on Nov. 28.

“More than likely it will be on the first agenda in December,” he said. “Once the township approves it, the county will approve it, which allows them to do some of the leg work.”

Toward the end of 2017, the Board of Trustees sent a letter to the Macomb County Department of Roads committing to help fund three future projects they are hoping to see completed. One of which was the extension of Garfield Road in the three-mile stretch.

“Earlier this year, we met and finally we got to our most recent meeting and I think we’ve come to an agreement and we’re trying to make things happen,” Van Tiflin said.

The Macomb County Department of Roads will have to conduct an environmental assessment prior to construction.

“Right now that area is a combination of farm fields and vacant fields that is partially wooded,” Van Tiflin said. “The area between 24 and 25 is a reserved right-of-way and there is a bunch of trees growing.”

The details of the project are being worked out now and the next step is for agreements to be finalized.

“Once we get a little farther down the road, we’ll have a better idea of what the costs are and what the schedule will be,” Van Tiflin said.

He said that Garfield is a county road, so the Department of Roads will have jurisdiction over the design and construction.