The Macomb County Department of Roads recently wrapped up a widening project along Mound Road, just south of 23 Mile Road, that will help keep traffic moving when the new Amazon fulfillment facility opens this fall in Shelby Township.

The Macomb County Department of Roads recently wrapped up a widening project along Mound Road, just south of 23 Mile Road, that will help keep traffic moving when the new Amazon fulfillment facility opens this fall in Shelby Township.

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Mound Road widening to help support Amazon facility traffic

By: Joshua Gordon | Shelby - Utica News | Published August 20, 2018

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With the 1-million-square-foot Amazon fulfillment facility expected to open this fall in Shelby Township, Macomb County recently completed a project on Mound Road, just south of 23 Mile Road, to be ready for increased traffic.

The project wasn’t major, said Macomb County Department of Roads Director Bryan Santo, but it was a necessary one, as the Amazon facility is expected to be home to 1,000 full-time jobs.

The county widened the section of Mound that borders the west side of the Amazon facility to extend the left-turn lane from the intersection down to the Amazon entrance off Mound. Patching and some overlay work were also done as part of the project for about 1,400 feet of roadway south of 23 Mile.

“We wanted to extend the left-turn lane down to the south to accommodate for more turning movement into the new facility for employees,” Santo said. “This will help them not impede traffic heading south by creating a backup of people turning left. It promotes better travel through the facility.”

Amazon is making a proposed $90 million investment with the new facility that will include household décor, sporting equipment and gardening tools. The announcement of the project came last September after weeks of speculation.

The property previously was used for industrial purposes, with Ford Motor Co., Visteon Corp. and Automotive Components Holdings LLC all having used the property at some point in the past 70 years.

Hillwood Enterprises, an Illinois-based development company, remediated the contaminated property using tax increment financing. The developer redeveloped 85 acres on the approximately 200-acre property.

The county road project cost around $372,000, which was all paid for by the county, Santo said. Because of previous uses of the property having a high number of employees, Santo said the county doesn’t see any immediate needs on surrounding roads after the Mound project.

“A traffic impact study was performed by the development team, and there are no other immediate needs to the roadway on 23 Mile or Mound,” Santo said. “We look forward to (Amazon) opening their doors and seeing the economic benefit with them employing more people in the area. It’s a win-win situation for the Shelby Township community.”

With the Mound project being paid for and carried out by the county, Shelby Township Planning Director Glenn Wynn said it just furthers the partnership between the township, the county and Amazon to make the project a success.

“I think it obviously made sense to do that work, as widening only helps improve the traffic access for employees coming in,” Wynn said. “This was one of the useful improvements the county participated in to help close the deal and get Amazon here. And it is part of the overall partnership with the county that they were able to do a meaningful infrastructure improvement to support Amazon.”

On 23 Mile, Santo said, Amazon also paid to have a new traffic signal system installed across from Shelby Township Fire Station No. 1.

Previously, Santo said, it was a flashing light used if the fire station needed access to the roadway. With the more traditional full signal, Santo said Amazon will be able to better move its incoming and outgoing trucks between the facility and 23 Mile.

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