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  A public informational meeting was held Dec. 11 in Macomb Township regarding 23 Mile Road environmental assessment. Construction from Card Road to North Avenue is expected to begin in fall 2020.

A public informational meeting was held Dec. 11 in Macomb Township regarding 23 Mile Road environmental assessment. Construction from Card Road to North Avenue is expected to begin in fall 2020.

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Public meeting held regarding 23 Mile Road expansion

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published December 17, 2019

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Changes are coming to 23 Mile Road.

A public informational meeting was held Dec. 11 in Macomb Township regarding the 23 Mile Road environmental assessment, or EA.

The Macomb County Department of Roads and Macomb Township hosted the meeting on the 23 Mile Road EA from North Avenue to Romeo Plank Road, a 3.2-mile stretch of road.

“The last time we touched 23 Mile Road was from North Avenue to Fairchild (Road),” MCDR Planning Director John Crumm said. “That was the end of 2018.”

The meeting was an open forum for Macomb Township residents to provide input and participate in planning for construction. MCDR engineers and staff were in attendance to answer questions and collect input from the public.

The EA is for the widening of 23 Mile Road from two lanes to five lanes. The project will include new storm drains, signs and markings. It also includes new approaches for houses and businesses.

The proposed schedule includes constructing 1 mile per year for the next three years, with construction from North Avenue to Card Road expected to beginning in fall 2020.

Expenses for this project are split between the MCDR and Macomb Township. Crumm said 80% of the financing is federally funded. He didn’t have an exact cost, but Crumm noted that  expansion work from North Avenue to Fairchild Road cost around $8.5 million.

The majority of public comments that Crumm and Macomb Township Engineer Jim Van Tiflin hear regarding 23 Mile Road is from residents asking when expansion will be done.

“People want to have the roads widened,” Van Tiflin said. “Not just 23 Mile, but we have to do these in sequence so we can get the federal funding we need.”

Van Tiflin added that the township has a lot of utilities that need to be relocated on 23 Mile Road, like rehabilitating a pump station and moving a water main back from the road.

Work will start at North Avenue and head west to Card Road in the first year of construction. The second year, work will move from Card to Heydenreich roads, and in the third year, the project will move from Heydenreich to Romeo Plank roads.

One challenge that Crumm indicated the department experienced while planning for this project is that 23 Mile Road is perched up.

“There’s a large dropoff, so our engineers had to deal with what to do in those areas as far as expanding the base,” Crumm said.

Fadi Askar owns Buscemi’s, located at the southwest corner of 23 Mile and Card roads. From a traffic standpoint, he said the increase is both good and bad.

“It brings people in; however, it makes it harder to turn in because of the traffic and people cutting in front of each other,” he said. “It’s dangerous sometimes and I’m looking forward to the extension.”

One of Askar’s concerns with the current layout is that motorists traveling north on Card Road can’t turn left on 23 Mile Road. Instead, they cut through Buscemi’s to turn left on 23 Mile Road.

For this project, the MCDR collaborated with the Michigan Department of Transportation and Macomb Township. Design work and right of way purchases were completed by the MCDR.

Once this expansion is complete, 23 Mile Road will be five lanes from M-53 to Interstate 94.

If residents would like to comment, but couldn’t attend the meeting, they can submit comments to Crumm at jcrumm@rcmcweb.org or at (586) 463-8671.

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