Metro Parkway, Dequindre to face fall construction

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published September 27, 2017

Work on Metropolitan Parkway and Dequindre Road will be in full motion in the upcoming weeks as the 2017 construction season winds down, according to Sterling Heights officials.

At a Sept. 19 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool summarized upcoming work along stretches of Metro Parkway, also known as 16 Mile Road. The City Council later unanimously voted via the consent agenda to approve spending for that road’s projects.

“Obviously, these are some of the worst sections of Metro Parkway,” Vanderpool said.

According to Vanderpool, one upcoming Metro Parkway project will repair the eastbound lanes in a section between Dequindre and Ryan roads.

“As you’re heading eastbound, this is a very poor section,” he said. “There’s a significant amount, maybe a little less than a half a mile or so, that’s going to be completely repaired.”

A second project will resurface a westbound service drive on the parkway west of Van Dyke Avenue, by a post office and the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles facility, he said.

The third Metro Parkway project will see sectional concrete repair work on both the eastbound and westbound lanes around Dodge Park Road, he added.

Those projects were approved through cost-sharing agreements between the city and Macomb County. The service drive resurfacing project is expected to cost the city around $290,000, and the concrete sectional repairs at Dodge Park Road, as well as between Dequindre and Ryan, are expected to total around $348,000.

A city document states that these projects are poised to begin around the end of September and have a desired completion date at the end of October. Vanderpool said the projects will be “finished up by the end of this year.” He recommended that residents visit the Cone Zone portion of the city’s website for continued updates.

Besides the Metro Parkway roadwork, the preliminary work to another long-discussed road project is finally underway.

Vanderpool said Dequindre Road, from Long Lake Road northward to an area near Beaumont Hospital, Troy, is under construction.

“It’s really just to get prepared for the main work that will continue out through most of the year next year,” he said.

“So they’re going to be removing and moving traffic poles and electrical poles and so on, and also putting in new storm sewer, all of which has to be done in the ensuing months and into the spring. There will be significant road closures and intersection closures at (Dequindre and) 19 Mile and Square Lake Road, even yet this construction season.”

Craig Bryson is a spokesman for the Road Commission for Oakland County, which is overseeing the Dequindre project. He predicted that most of the work will be off the traveled road, thus having a “relatively modest impact,” with occasional lane closures.

“We’re happy it’s finally going,” he said. “We’re looking forward to seeing the project completed, but the majority of the work will take place next year to the road itself.”

However, Bryson confirmed that the intersection of Dequindre and Square Lake Road will be closed “probably at some point in October,” though he added that he doesn’t have the precise schedule for that yet.

According to a Sterling Heights city memo, the closure at that intersection is expected to last around four weeks.

Find out more about Sterling Heights by visiting www.sterling-heights.net or by calling (586) 446-2489. For more information about the Dequindre roadwork, visit www.rcocweb.org/390/Dequindre-Road.