Roads & Construction

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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Published February 1, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — What’s the best part of any diet?  When you finally start to see some results.

Civil engineer Mike Labadie presented an interim report to the Birmingham City Commission during its regular meeting Jan. 25 to shed some light on how the lane reconfiguration is working on West Maple Road.

Last summer, the commission voted to temporarily trim the street from four lanes to three with a center turn lane between Southfield and Cranbrook roads.

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Published February 1, 2016

A drier and milder winter than usual has been beneficial to the public services departments in Roseville and Eastpointe, which typically spend December through March battling snowfall, icy roads, water main breaks and potholes.

This year so far has not required as much salt, according to the department heads in both cities, which has allowed crews to focus on dealing with potholes and occasional icy patches.

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Published January 26, 2016

Those who travel Wattles Road on the far west side of the city will have to find a different route until this spring as work begins on a sanitary sewer.

Wattles Road between Beach and Adams roads is closed, and Chestnut Hill Court, south of Wattles Road, will also be closed for work on the North Evergreen Interceptor, part of the Evergreen-Farmington sanitary disposal system. Residents on those roads will have access to their homes from Adams Road and will be contacted in advance when driveway closures are scheduled.

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Published January 22, 2016

The Road Commission for Oakland County has closed the Putnam Drive bridge over Walnut Lake canal indefinitely due to severe deterioration, the commission announced Jan. 22.

Public Information Officer Craig Bryson said the bridge, which sits north of Walnut Lake Road and west of Inkster Road, was inspected Jan. 20. Engineers reported that the support beams are badly rusted, and one is detached from the structure. Inspectors also found holes in the deck, he said.

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Published January 20, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — The winding down of the Van Dyke Avenue reconstruction project doesn’t mean that the city is out of the clear for construction work in 2016.

During a Jan. 5 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool said residents and motorists are not going to get much reprieve with road construction.

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Published January 20, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — The Michigan Department of Transportation recently shared plans with affected municipalities for an approximately 2-mile Hall Road reconstruction project to take place in 2017, Shelby Township Planner Glenn Wynn said.

The project is slated to target Hall Road from Delco Boulevard, just east of M-53, to Hayes Road. The scope of the project will include complete pavement reconstruction, drainage improvements, handicapped-accessible ramps, sidewalks and landscaping.

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Published January 13, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A Dequindre reconstruction project on the city’s border with Shelby Township is slated to begin this spring.

“This is a long-standing project that divides cities, counties and precincts,” Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett said. “It will help alleviate a lot of congestion.”

The reconstruction will tackle an area of Dequindre from Burningbush Drive, which is south of South Boulevard, to West Utica Road. The project involves the communities of Troy, Sterling Heights, Rochester Hills and Shelby Township.

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Published January 12, 2016

ROCHESTER — A four-way stop has been installed at the intersection of Fourth and East streets in downtown Rochester, due to traffic congestion from the new parking structure.

Rochester Police Chief Steve Schettenhelm said he received a request to review and look at the intersection, which was previously governed by a single stop sign.

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Published January 6, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — A plan for regional transit could be one of the big ticket items to pay attention to in 2016, according to Macomb County Board of Commissioners Chair David Flynn, D-Sterling Heights.

“Everything should be on the table,” Flynn said as it pertains to discussions for a regional transit system.

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Published January 4, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Garfield Road is already a well-traversed spot for motorists, but many of them might want to find a new route soon.

On Dec. 28, Macomb County Public Works issued a release stating that the far right northbound lane, south of 18 Mile Road, will be closed for approximately nine months for a county sewer project.

The job consists of replacing a 45-year-old sewage metering facility that is part of the Macomb County wastewater system that serves Clinton Township.

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Published December 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Department of Transportation is partnering with a consortium of private companies to replace aging or broken streetlights along the area’s major highways with new energy-efficient ones.

The Michigan Freeway Lighting Partners have contracted with MDOT in a public-private partnership, or P3, to finance and contract the replacement work. Over the next two years, those streetlights will be replaced along Interstates 94, 96, 75, 696 and 275 in Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties, MDOT spokesman Robert Morosi said, as well as M-10 and M-39.

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Published December 16, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Gratiot Avenue is a staple of metro Detroit, traversed by thousands every day.

With a new era of technological advancement ongoing, one group is trying to facilitate a process that will overhaul the roadway and offer better modes of transportation for both residents and visitors.

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Published December 9, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Because temperatures are cooling and asphalt plants have closed, crews working on the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s 24 Mile Road project in Shelby and Macomb townships will resume paving operations in the spring of 2016.

Contractor Ric-Man Construction will continue to work on the road, however. There will be intermittent lane closures through the duration of the project, which is estimated to wrap up in July 2016. The whole project stretches across 7 miles.

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Published December 1, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The winter flurries have already arrived and local officials are doing their best to educate the public on the perils of the season.

The National Weather Service has predicted a slightly warmer winter when compared to last year, with the same amount or less snowfall. However, more wet snow is expected.

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Published November 27, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Regional Transit Authority is gathering public input on a proposed rapid bus service along Gratiot Avenue — from downtown Detroit to Mount Clemens — and would like public input before making a recommendation in early 2016.

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Published November 24, 2015

The salt dome is filled and the city plows and salting equipment are ready to battle Old Man Winter.

The Troy Fleet Maintenance Division operates day and afternoon shifts, and maintains approximately 500 pieces of city-owned equipment.

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