Nine Mile Road resurfacing project to begin in May

By: Jacob Herbert | Southfield Sun | Published March 11, 2021

 Starting in May, the city of Southfield, along with Cipparrone Contracting, will embark on a project to resurface Nine Mile Road from Evergreen Road to northbound Northwestern Highway. The project will begin in May and is expected to be completed in October.

Starting in May, the city of Southfield, along with Cipparrone Contracting, will embark on a project to resurface Nine Mile Road from Evergreen Road to northbound Northwestern Highway. The project will begin in May and is expected to be completed in October.

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SOUTHFIELD — It’s no secret that Michigan winters can be tough on local roads, especially the more heavily traveled roads. Nine Mile, between Evergreen Road and northbound Northwestern Highway, is one of those roads.

The city of Southfield has a plan in place to extend the life of the road for at least another 15 years, according to city officials.

As it currently stands, that stretch of road is held together with a mixture of different pavements. Some areas of the road are just concrete, while other portions have an asphalt overlay with concrete underneath. Cipparrone Contracting has been tapped to perform the needed fixes.

The project, according to City Engineer Leigh Schultz, is going to include a variety of pavement fixes. In some areas, the concrete will be completely reconstructed. In other areas, where the concrete is in better shape, patchwork will be done. The third type of fix comes where existing asphalt lies. The plan is to mill all of the old asphalt to see if there are any subconcrete repairs to be made. Then new asphalt will be laid where it’s needed. Schultz said the project will start in May and finish in October.

“The obvious thing will be a nice smooth drive as you drive down Nine Mile,” Schultz said about the benefits of the project. “We expect to extend the pavement life for this section of road. We’re looking at least a 15-year life out of this repair. This is approximately a $3 million investment, and we were able to secure $1.7 million in federal funds.”

Every major road in Oakland County is eligible for federal dollars to help in whatever repairs may come about. Schultz said the process is competitive within the county because there is only so much money to be spread around. The city of Southfield applied for this particular project three years ago and was able to secure funds.

“The rest of the funds are coming from the Southfield streets improvements bond that voters passed back in 2014,” Schultz said. “We’ve had a very aggressive road program ever since, and that bond has really made funds available so we can go after the federal dollars while still making sure we have our local match available through those bond funds.”

There will be two phases of construction that will coincide with different lane closures residents should expect.

The first phase of construction will detour all eastbound Nine Mile traffic towards Eight Mile Road. The second phase of construction will flip so that westbound Nine Mile traffic will be directed towards Eight Mile Road.

“With this project, Southfield is embarking on year seven of our infrastructure rebuilding program,” Mayor Ken Siver said in an email. “The city has been able to stretch road dollars through matching grants for major thoroughfares. We are still searching for more dollars for neighborhood streets.”

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