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Road projects on tap in Royal Oak in 2020

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published January 15, 2020

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ROYAL OAK — The city of Royal Oak has a brand-new 2020 road project map outlining all of the projects proposed for the coming year.

Besides all of the road projects, the Engineering Division will undergo a change in leadership with City Engineer Matthew Callahan’s retirement and the promotion of senior engineer Holly Donoghue to his position.

Callahan has been with the city for 24 years, and his last working day with the city will be Feb. 14. He said he plans to travel and visit friends and family.

The city will resurface 14 Mile Road from Greenfield to Crooks roads. It will also time many of the traffic signals on 11 Mile and 13 Mile roads this year so that traffic will flow more smoothly.

Water main improvement projects are slated on approximately seven streets in the area south of 11 Mile Road. Asphalt resurfacing will also take place in neighborhoods just north and south of 12 Mile Road on the city’s west side.

“We are going to be paving the gravel section of Judson (Avenue) and paving the gravel section of Delaware (Avenue) down behind Holiday Market,” Callahan said. “We’ll be finishing a project we started on Harrison (Avenue) last year, paving part of the roadway.”

A large number of residential roads in the northeast section of the city will undergo concrete paving projects, and the city also will repave Lincoln Avenue between Main Street and Lafayette Avenue.

The city will facilitate its annual sidewalk program, focusing on a section of the city from 13 Mile Road to Farnum Avenue and from Main Street to a zigzag eastern border encompassing Campbell Road, 12 Mile Road and Stephenson Highway.

“There will be some pedestrian improvements on Main Street, both north and south of the railroad tracks, and some rain gardens and traffic calming on Washington (Avenue),” Callahan said.

Harry Drinkwine, an engineering consultant for the city of Clawson, said in a Jan. 9 phone interview with C & G Newspapers that city leadership had met earlier that day to discuss funding moving forward and the current needs of the city.

“At the moment, we’re in the planning stages of identifying and prioritizing what needs to be done. Nothing is, so to speak, in the hopper yet,” Drinkwine said. “It’s a matter of funding.”

He said he believes one of the most pressing needs is the resurfacing and reconstruction of side streets, many of which are “coming unglued.”