Roads & Construction

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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Published March 1, 2016

FERNDALE — The city of Ferndale routinely explores alternative options for residents to move about the city and metro Detroit without owning their own cars, and now Zipcar has joined the list of opportunities.

Zipcar allows members 24/7 access to drive cars by the hour or day through a mobile application or membership card. For a monthly or yearly fee, patrons can have access to a select number of Zipcars in their community to use for personal purposes.

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Published March 1, 2016

FERNDALE — When Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced a major renovation project of Interstate 75 during his 2016 State of the County address Feb. 10, he said it was long overdue.

Some communities in metro Detroit, however, don’t see it that way, including Ferndale.

In collaboration with the city of Royal Oak, the Ferndale City Council adopted a resolution in opposition of the spending on the project, particularly for expanding the freeway, feeling that the money could be better spent on other road projects.

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Published February 29, 2016

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — A commonly used Birmingham roadway is set to be closed this week, and it could stay closed for the majority of 2016.

According to Craig Bryson, public information officer for the Road Commission for Oakland County, Big Beaver Road should be shut down this week between Woodward Avenue in Birmingham and Adams Road in Bloomfield Township to accommodate utility relocation work.

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Published February 29, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — On Tuesday, voters will take to the polls to decide which party candidates should move forward in the race for president of the United States.

But in Birmingham, the more contentious issue will be on the right-hand side of the ballot. In response to more than 1,000 petition signatures submitted to the city, a proposal will appear on the March 8 ballot to amend the city charter to say that Maple Road between Cranbrook and Southfield and Woodward and Eton roads will not be changed to less than four through-traffic lanes.

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Published February 29, 2016

After a winter of salting and plowing, the local county road commissions will soon transition to fixing the damage that the elements and vehicles cause to roads, bridges and more.

Road Commission for Oakland County spokesman Craig Bryson said Oakland County has about $27 million in road repairs scheduled in its 2016 construction program. In addition, many projects are buttressed by federal funding and local matches, he said.

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Published February 23, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Residents who live in the subdivisions of Wellington Road and Chenwood Court might have to pack patience in their lunch pail for their daily commute.

They will need to use Middlebelt Road to get to their homes due to road closures on 12 Mile and 13 Mile roads through October, a city official said. 

“No traffic will be able to get through between those two roads,” Karen Mondora, assistant public services director for Farmington Hills, said recently.

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Published February 22, 2016

Miniature pits of despair will soon mar roads and commutes in metro Detroit, but some road officials and experts say they will do what they can to make the season as tolerable as possible.

According to Bob Hoepfner, roads director at the Macomb County Department of Roads, the pothole situation has been about the same as last year, though he added that problems might have arisen a bit earlier due to generally milder weather. Frequent transitions between freeze and thaw damage roads at a faster rate, he explained. 

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Published February 16, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Members of the Eastpointe City Council during its meeting Feb. 2 expressed discomfort with one of the proposals for the Regional Transit Authority plan for Gratiot Avenue.

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Published February 9, 2016

PLEASANT RIDGE — After more than five years of studying Woodward Avenue from Detroit to Pontiac, the Woodward Avenue Action Association has put the final touches on its Complete Streets plan for the corridor.

But that is just the beginning, WA3 Board Vice Chairman Kurt Metzger said.

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Published February 2, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Despite Old Man Winter refraining from dumping piles of snow so far this winter season, the Road Commission for Oakland County and local public works departments are reporting average salt use at this time. 

Craig Bryson, Road Commission public information officer, said that the Road Commission has had to salt the roads almost daily because of the frequent dusting of snow on the roads.

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