A 0.57-mile stretch of road on 21 Mile Road, west of Card Road, was originally slated to begin last September. Widening and resurfacing work is now set to commence in the summer.

A 0.57-mile stretch of road on 21 Mile Road, west of Card Road, was originally slated to begin last September. Widening and resurfacing work is now set to commence in the summer.

File photo by Erin Sanchez


Macomb Township road projects planned

Macomb Township Chronicle | Published February 12, 2020

 Road widening on 23 Mile Road from North Avenue to Card Road is expected this year. This project, one of five planned for 2020 in Macomb Township, entails widening the road from two lanes to five lanes.

Road widening on 23 Mile Road from North Avenue to Card Road is expected this year. This project, one of five planned for 2020 in Macomb Township, entails widening the road from two lanes to five lanes.

File photo by Erin Sanchez

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A couple of road projects wrapped up in 2019, with several projects planned for 2020 and beyond in Macomb Township.

One project that finished in October was 23 Mile Road widening from two to five lanes with curbs, underground storm drains, sidewalks, new pavement markings, signs, traffic signals, ADA ramps and landscape restoration, from North Avenue to Fairchild Road. This project cost $8.5 million.

Also in 2019, road repair work on 21 Mile Road from North Avenue to Gratiot Avenue was completed in November. This $60,000 project consisted of pavement repair, joint repair, drainage and restoration work.

“The Department of Roads is dedicated to providing the public with a quality county road system, with a focus on safety and convenience for motorists and the community,” Macomb County Department of Roads Director Bryan Santo said. “We are committed to doing all that we can with the resources we have to deliver quality road and bridge projects to ensure a safe, efficient and reliable traveling experience for the motoring public.”

Five road projects around the township are scheduled to begin in 2020.

Originally slated to begin in 2019, a project on 21 Mile Road was pushed back.

The project calls for trench widening and resurfacing of 21 Mile Road half a mile east of Heydenreich Road to Card Road. Approximately half a mile of roadway resurfacing and widening would provide additional lane width to extend the center turn lane to improve safety at a $1.1 million cost.

“In order to reduce traffic congestion and minimize the impact on local school traffic, the project was rescheduled for the summer of 2020,” Macomb County Department of Roads Communications and Public Relations Coordinator Eric Dimoff said.

Another 2020 project planned for the spring and summer extends west to Shelby Township along 21 Mile Road. Road repair work is scheduled from Schoenherr to Garfield roads. Mill work, base repair and hot mix asphalt overlay are parts of this project.

Road widening on 23 Mile Road from North Avenue to Card Road is expected to begin in the summer or fall of 2020. This project entails widening the road from two lanes to five lanes, with curbs, underground storm drains, sidewalks, new pavement markings, signs, traffic signals, ADA ramps and landscape restoration at the cost of $6 million.

Work on this stretch of 23 Mile is expected to finish by the summer of 2021.

Also in 2020, road extension is slated for Garfield Road from 22 Mile to 23 Mile roads. This project calls for a two-lane roadway to be added between the 1-mile stretch. Work is expected to last from summer to fall at a cost of $2 million.

The final 2020 planned project is at the intersection of Romeo Plank and 25 Mile roads, where construction of a roundabout is anticipated in the summer. Work would include converting the intersection from a traditional intersection to a roundabout. This project is expected to cost $1.8 million.

“The Department of Roads conducted traffic studies and analysis to determine if a roundabout is necessary,” Dimoff said. “Traffic counts, traffic flow and the number of accidents that occur on a roadway are all taken into consideration. Roundabouts improve safety, increase capacity and allow for continuous traffic movement.”

Future proposed projects in Macomb Township include widening Romeo Plank Road north of 21 Mile Road to 23 Mile Road from two lanes to five lanes and improvement of four legs of the intersection at 22 Mile Road. This would happen in 2023, at a cost of $9.5 million.

Additionally, 23 Mile Road from Heydenreich to Romeo Plank roads is set to be widened from two to five lanes in 2022, with an $8.4 million price tag.

In 2021, 23 Mile Road from Card to Heydenreich roads will be widened from two to five lanes for $6 million.

The complete MCDR project list and map will be updated online in the coming weeks as the department finalizes the proposed 2020 construction schedule. To view the list, visit roads.macombgov.org.

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