Roads & Construction

Published April 26, 2016

FERNDALE — A month after the approval of the Ferndale City Council, Zipcar vehicles are now available to be used in the city.

The car-sharing service that allows members 24/7 access to its cars through a monthly or yearly fee has been operating in the city for a couple of weeks, with two vehicle locations at the corner of Planavon Street and West Nine Mile Road, and the corner of Bermuda Street and East Nine Mile Road.

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Published April 20, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Step one of the local road reconstruction was successful. Now, the ball is in the county’s court.

At the April 11 Clinton Township Board of Trustees meeting, the board unanimously approved a special assessment district, or SAD, for residents of Santa Anna and Santa Barbara streets.

Trustee Ken Pearl neither voted nor participated in the matter due to living in that particular district.

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Published April 19, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that a single-car fatal crash occurred at approximately 9:41 p.m. April 16 on 23 Mile Road west of Heydenreich.

A 27-year-old Troy man was reportedly driving eastbound on 23 Mile at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his 2002 Toyota and struck a telephone pole west of Heydenreich.

The driver, who was the only occupant in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

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Published April 18, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Get ready to see some changes on Interstate 275, if you haven’t already.

A $75 million project is underway to fix 88 lane miles between Five Mile and the Interstate 96/Interstate 696/Michigan Highway 5 interchange in Wayne and Oakland counties, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The project began this spring and is scheduled to be completed by mid-September. 

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Published April 14, 2016

Kirts Boulevard north of Crooks Road was closed after contractors doing directional drilling to install a fiber optic line hit a 2-inch natural gas line just before 4:30 p.m. April 13.

Contractors called Troy firefighters to the scene, on northbound Crooks Road, at Kirts Boulevard. Firefighters determined the extent of the leak, checked storm drains and water lines to see how far the leak went, and checked buildings to determine the amount of natural gas present, said Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer.

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Published April 13, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — They’re back.

Just as Old Man Winter loosens his grip on Michigan, it’s time for pothole season to rear its ugly head, and local governmental agencies are doing their best to keep up.

“We have been busy with them,” said St. Clair Shores Department of Public Works Director Bryan Babcock. “For a while, we were out basically every day. 

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Published April 13, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Volunteers are needed to help pick up debris along a portion of Haggerty Road in West Bloomfield during the first Earth Day Haggerty Road cleanup event, which will be held 5-8 p.m. April 22. 

Those who wish to participate are asked to meet at the rear of the parking lot of Meijer, located at 1703 Haggerty Road.

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Published April 13, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — If you find yourself cursing the potholes as you drive down the Northwestern Highway service drive, you could have a hand in making them disappear.

Public Works Operations Manager Larry Sirls said the city is participating in the Pothole Patrol, in which residents and visitors can report a pothole to the city.

Once the pothole is reported, Sirls said public works employees will fill it within 48 hours.

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Published April 12, 2016

You wouldn’t think there’d be so many potholes on roadways because of the mild winter this year.

But it’s the freeze-thaw cycle that wreaks havoc on roadways. Recent welcome warm temperatures, followed by cold, resulted in the potholes that county and city road crews are working to fill, said Kurt Bovensiep, Troy public works manager.

“As a result of the Troy Roads Rock program, over the past two years, we’re not seeing the influx of potholes we have in previous years because of our large investment in the road system,” Bovensiep said.

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Published April 6, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — With aid from the Macomb County Department of Roads, Clinton Township will soon see a pair of vital road stretches either fixed or replaced.

Macomb County Department of Roads Director Bob Hoepfner was present at the township’s March 21 Board of Trustees meeting to discuss the two intended projects: replacing 19 Mile Road, between Hayes and Romeo Plank roads; and a 2-inch asphalt overlay on Cimarron, from 18 Mile Road north to Bayham, and then east to the entrance of Miami Elementary School.

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Published April 6, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A $3.8 million sewer project is underway along 23 Mile Road in Macomb Township, between Romeo Plank and Hayes roads.

The project means that the far right westbound lane of 23 Mile Road will be closed in that stretch for the duration of the project, which is expected to be approximately three months.

Project Manager Steve Siklich said there will also be a one-week intermittent lane closure at the intersection of 23 Mile and Hayes sometime in April.

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Published April 4, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Michigan Department of Transportation has given approval to the city of Roseville to reduce the turn onto northbound Utica Road to one lane at the intersection with Gratiot Avenue, according to Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins.

The Macomb County Department of Roads also agreed to put in a right-turn-only lane on southbound Utica at 12 Mile Road, Adkins said.

Both lane reductions are the final step needed in a study to see what the impact of reducing Utica to one lane has on traffic patterns and accidents.

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Published April 4, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The next time you see a pothole in Madison Heights, park somewhere safe, pull out your tablet or smartphone, and tweet the pothole’s location to the city’s official handle (@citymadhts) with the hashtag #madhts
fix. You can even include a picture if you want.

Then the clock starts ticking. Within mere hours, staff from the Department of Public Services will be dispatched to fix the pothole. The city will then report back to residents on social media when the work is done.

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Published March 31, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — While the fate of the Putnam bridge — which was closed unexpectedly Jan. 22 due to deterioration — is still unknown, on March 21 the township Board of Trustees unanimously approved committing $200,000 in Tri-Party funds to assist in bridge repairs.

The Tri-Party fund is money that comes from a local community, the county and the Road Commission for Oakland County.

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Published March 29, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Officials estimate that the 24 Mile Road reconstruction work along the entire length of an approximately 7-mile water main project from east of Dequindre to Romeo Plank roads will be finished before the end of June.

On March 18, crews finished installing the new 42-inch water main that runs parallel to an existing 36-inch water main. The $3.3 million project began on the eastern Macomb Township end in October 2014.

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Published March 23, 2016

FERNDALE — The city of Ferndale, in collaboration with five other communities, was awarded a 2016 Transportation Alternatives Program grant last summer in the amount of $194,227 to create the Woodward Corridor Neighborhood Bicycle Network to connect all six cities.

With signage already going up and construction plans underway, Ferndale officials found out early this year that the low bid for the project came in 16 percent higher than expected, which would cost the city another $47,000 for the project.

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Published March 23, 2016

FERNDALE — The residential parking zones (RPZ) program is getting closer to implementation, but following the March 14 City Council meeting, residents in the designated zones will not have to pay for passes for at least the first year.

The RPZ program was piloted in 2011 on West Troy and West Saratoga streets before Assistant City Manager Joseph Gacioch brought it back before council in 2015 in order to expand the program.

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Published March 9, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Despite an outpouring of dissatisfaction by some state and local officials, it appears a plan to widen Interstate 75 will move forward as scheduled.

Michigan Department of Transportation I-75 Senior Project Manager Sue Datta said the “modernization project” is expected to kick off this summer with the portion of I-75 from North Coolidge north to South Boulevard seeing the work. The entire project is expected to be completed in 2030, with portions being done every two years.

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Published March 7, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS/HARRISON TOWNSHIP/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Restoring and maintaining 2 miles of the Clinton River spillway is the goal of a $2.5 million grant recently awarded to the Clinton River Spillway Inter-County Drainage Board for restoration projects in Mount Clemens, Harrison Township and Clinton Township.

The grant was awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

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Published March 5, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Officials with the Macomb County Department of Roads report that work on replacing and repairing bridges throughout Harrison Township is right on schedule.

The bridge work taking place has been no secret in recent months, with closures and alternate routes becoming the norm.

But the most significant bridge work being done is actually unknown to a great many in the township — four bridges in the Huron Pointe subdivision off of South River Road are being replaced or removed.

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