North Avenue shutting down for weekend

Special meeting scheduled for 23 Mile work

By: Thomas Franz | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published March 2, 2017

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The first phase of a widening project for North Avenue between Hall and 21 Mile roads, is set to get underway this weekend.

Macomb County Department of Roads officials said that North Avenue will be closed down between Hall and 21 Mile beginning at 7 p.m. March 3 through 5 a.m. March 6.

The reason for the closure is to replace a culvert that stretches the length of the road, just south of 21 Mile Road.

“The culvert crosses the entire road, so there’s nowhere to put traffic while we’re taking it out,” said Jim Armbruster, the project manager from the MCDR. “Nobody’s going to be restricted (from their homes), but you won’t be able to go through. It will be like a bridge out situation.”

For residents who live south of the culvert construction on North Avenue, they can still access the road from Hall to reach their homes, and residents on the north side may use 21 Mile.

Fairchild Road and Card Road are suggested alternates to avoid the area.

This is the first time North Avenue has to be shut down fully for the widening project, and it is expected to be the only full closure for the duration of the project. There is expected to be one lane of temporary roadway available to drivers in each direction for the remainder of the work.

Armbruster said the project to expand North Avenue to five lanes is anticipated to take until mid-August to complete.

“Once this is done, we’ll start working on the storm sewer and then we’ll begin building temporary pavement then mainland pavement,” Armbruster said. “There will be disruptions when we’re moving trucks and equipment in and out, but there will not be another closure after this culvert replacement.”

Special meeting scheduled for 23 Mile work
During the Feb. 22 township Board of Trustees meeting, the board approved scheduling a special joint meeting of the township board, planning commission and zoning board of appeals at 6:30 p.m. March 15 to go over plans for 23 Mile Road.

With plans underway to widen 23 Mile from Fairchild to Romeo Plank roads over the next couple years, township officials will discuss the potential impact of the work.

According to the agenda posted for the meeting on the township’s website, topics to be discussed under the engineering portion of the meeting include the township’s sidewalk program, lighting on Heydenreich Road, and a new fire and police station on 23 Mile Road.

Under planning, a new zoning ordinance, master plan, recreation plan and capital improvements program are listed to be discussed.

The meeting will be open for public comment and input.