Proposed road construction plan released to voters

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published October 29, 2014

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ROYAL OAK — The City released a plan last week that gives a street-by-street look at proposed construction if voters approve a Nov. 4 ballot proposal asking for money to support Royal Oak’s road system. 

The 2014 Proposed Management Program & Millage Plan of Action document, plus maps and tables, are available by visiting www.ci.royal-oak.mi.us.

“Every street in the city is listed,” said Royal Oak Mayor Jim Ellison. “And it’s also on there what is going to happen to each street, so people that have access, they can certainly look up their street — and it’s divided in blocks — so they know, their block, what this millage is going to do for their street.

“And then the other chart tells them when that’s going to happen.”

The first year of the plan touches a large portion of the city and includes a myriad of repairs.

City Engineer Matt Callahan said that when developing the plan, city staff looked at six major items: street system history, road rating, materials and methods, funding, unapproved roads and staffing needs.

Voters will be asked if they would like to approve an amendment to the City Charter allowing the City to levy a tax of up to 2.5 mills for a period not to exceed 10 years.

If approved and levied in full, the city would generate $5 million annually to put into the street system for capital improvements, including road repair, surface road replacement, curbs and gutters, and drain improvements. This would cost a resident with a taxable home value of $72,000 about $180 annually for 10 years.

The City of Royal Oak has about 215 miles of road and more than 147 miles of local streets. Callahan said the vast majority of the millage funds would go toward the 147 miles of local streets.

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