MDOT resurfacing 5 miles of M-5, two bridges in $11 million project

By: Mike Koury | Farmington Press | Published April 8, 2019

 A Michigan Department of Transportation $11.8 million project will see construction on 10 miles of road, including 5 miles of M-5 and two bridges.

A Michigan Department of Transportation $11.8 million project will see construction on 10 miles of road, including 5 miles of M-5 and two bridges.

Photo by Deb Jacques

 The project, which begins Monday, April 15, will consist of road resurfacing on 5 miles of M-5 between Middlebelt Road and the Interstate 275 interchange, sign replacements on M-5 between Eight Mile and 13 Mile roads, and resurfacing on the Grand River Avenue and Drake Road bridges.

The project, which begins Monday, April 15, will consist of road resurfacing on 5 miles of M-5 between Middlebelt Road and the Interstate 275 interchange, sign replacements on M-5 between Eight Mile and 13 Mile roads, and resurfacing on the Grand River Avenue and Drake Road bridges.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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FARMINGTON — The Michigan Department of Transportation will be resurfacing 10 miles of road, including 5 miles of M-5 and two bridges, beginning Monday, April 15.

The $11.8 million project will consist of three projects: road resurfacing on 5 miles of M-5 between Middlebelt Road and the Interstate 275 interchange, sign replacements on M-5 between Eight Mile and 13 Mile roads, and resurfacing on the Grand River Avenue and Drake Road bridges.

“Drake Road, we are replacing half of the bridge because we have to raise the bridge,” Design Project Manager Ishrat Jahan said. “That bridge had been getting hit a few times, and the Grand River Avenue, we have to fix the surface of the bridge.”

Both bridges will be closed during construction, but not at the same time.

Jeff Pitt, the construction project manager at MDOT’s Oakland Transportation Service Center, said the Grand River Avenue bridge over M-5 will be closed for 2.5 months, and “once that bridge is done, we will be closing the Drake bridge over M-5 for 2.5 months.”

Details of the work done for the project include concrete repair and replacement, pavement conditioning, asphalt replacement, curb and gutter repair, a concrete deck overlay, approach work, and adding a westbound sidewalk to the Grand River Avenue bridge to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards, according to a press release.

The release states that westbound Grand River Avenue traffic will be detoured to northbound Halsted Road, then to westbound Hills Tech Drive and to southbound Haggerty Road; and eastbound Grand River Avenue traffic will be detoured to southbound Halsted Road, then to eastbound Nine Mile Road and northbound Farmington Road.

For M-5 resurfacing, Pitt said, the roadway will still be open, though one way will be closed on certain weekends. Eastbound M-5 will be closed during six weekends from Grand River Avenue to Middlebelt Road, and westbound M-5 will be closed during five weekends from Middlebelt to Grand River.

“They may have eastbound down one weekend, and the next they may be working on the westbound,” he said.

Jahan said the condition of M-5 is “poor,” but not so bad that a complete replacement was needed.

“It has (some) life left — life of the pavement left — so we are trying to do not a whole … reconstruction, but a repair type of project so we can salvage … (and) can get a little bit of service from the road. The project is not a complete reconstruction but just a mill and resurface, which means we’ll get five to seven years of service from the roads. So the condition was poor, but not extremely bad.”

Westbound M-5 traffic will be detoured to westbound M-102/Eight Mile Road, then to northbound I-275; and eastbound M-5 traffic will be detoured to eastbound Interstate 696, then to southbound U.S. 24/Telegraph Road and to M-102, the release states.

Construction is expected to be completed in the fall.

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