Roads & Construction

Published February 22, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With temperatures swinging from the 20s to the high 40s and back again, one of Michigan’s most native species is popping up around the city — the pothole.

“They’re terrible,” said Lora Barber, of St. Clair Shores. 

In her opinion, side streets around the city are the worst spots for potholes this year.

“I’ve blown two tires there just this year,” she said of side streets crossing Martin Road west of Little Mack Avenue.

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Published February 21, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — An Oakland County Circuit Court judge will make a ruling that could impact Farmington Hills residents’ pockets when it comes to paying for local roads. 

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Published February 21, 2017

Employees of the city of Birmingham are currently standing in downtown’s Shain Park, awaiting word that they can reenter City Hall following a gas leak reported the morning of Feb. 21.

According to Cmdr. Scott Grewe of the Birmingham Police Department, which is housed in City Hall, on Martin Street, people inside the building smelled gas just as crews called to alert staff that a gas main had been damaged nearby.

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Published February 15, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — The Oakland County Federal Aid Committee announced Feb. 7 a number of new road projects to receive federal funding in 2020.

The committee is made up of 14 members, including two from the Road Commission for Oakland County, one from the Michigan Department of Transportation, one from the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation busing system, and 10 who represent the 61 cities, villages and townships in the county. Projects were selected for 2020 funding through a majority vote.

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Published February 14, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — In Michigan, there is no better way to usher in springtime than with the start of construction season.

Starting in March, construction will begin on a 2-mile stretch of Evergreen Road, from 11 Mile to 13 Mile roads.

The project, which was approved unanimously by the Southfield City Council at its Jan. 30 meeting, will affect Southfield, Lathrup Village and Beverly Hills.

City Engineer Leigh Schultz was on hand to brief the council on the specifics of the project.

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Published February 14, 2017

C&G Newspapers

MOUNT CLEMENS — Macomb County officials have approved a $20 million loan that will help fund repairs related to the 15 Mile Road sinkhole.

The funds are specifically earmarked for the Macomb Interceptor Drainage District, or MIDD, and will come from a combination of the county’s general fund and delinquent tax revolving fund.

The MIDD will pull funds from the loan when needed and will pay back the loan within four months through a bond issue. The district will pay a 0.55 percent annual interest rate.

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Published February 14, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Consumers Energy will be performing natural gas pipeline work in certain parts of Eastpointe at the end of the month.

On Eastpointe’s Facebook page, the city posted Feb. 7, “Roughly 3,000 homes and businesses located in the middle of the city will be impacted by upcoming natural gas line replacements by Consumers Energy.”

The city’s Facebook post also went into further detail about the work.

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Published February 7, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Future construction on 23 Mile Road in Macomb Township was again a focus of conversation during a Jan. 25 township board meeting.

The board discussed several impacts of widening the road to five lanes, most notably the need for moving water and sewer lines.

As a result, the board approved a preliminary study for the township’s Engineering and Water and Sewer departments to analyze what work will be needed.

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Published February 7, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — Dan McRoberts says he has a $2 million solution for the delays and setbacks tied to the Middlebelt transport and storage tunnel project that has been so problematic for his and others’ water.

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Published February 1, 2017

TROY — The Troy City Council unanimously decided not to pave two roads that are among the 3.5 miles of dirt roadway remaining in the city. 

A slight majority of residents who live on the roads had asked to have them paved, triggering a public hearing on the matter Jan. 23. 

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Published January 25, 2017

The recent freeze-thaw cycle has resulted in a number of potholes — which can show up overnight — on local roads. 

“They will continue to appear,” said Craig Bryson, public information officer for the Road Commission for Oakland County.

While the city of Troy does maintain county roadways in Troy — Adams, Big Beaver, Crooks, Dequindre, John R, Livernois, Long Lake and Maple roads, and South Boulevard — keeping them free of ice and snow, the Road Commission performs pothole repairs.

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Published January 25, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Officials in Madison Heights are feeling relief after the state Legislature passed and Gov. Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 1068, effectively sparing the city from paying a hefty local share for the upcoming expansion of Interstate 75. This follows the governor’s previous veto of a similar bill.

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Published January 18, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Traffic and law enforcement officials have told Macomb Township residents that the normal speed limit of 50 mph on Heydenreich Road near Dakota High School will remain, but plans to change driver and pedestrian behavior in that area are in the works.

Jim Santilli, the CEO of the Transportation Improvement Association, and Michigan State Police Lieutenant Gary Megge presented data to residents and the Macomb Township Board of Trustees during a Jan. 11 meeting that show a speed limit change is not needed on Heydenreich.

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Published January 11, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Gov. Rick Snyder approved legislation Jan. 4 changing requirements that cities and villages reimburse the Michigan Department of Transportation for road repairs in their jurisdictions. 

At issue was the widening of northbound and southbound Interstate 75 by one lane from Eight Mile Road to just south of M-59, which includes bridge replacement and sewer and interchange improvements. It would have cost the city of Troy $1.2 million each year for eight years — a total of $9.6 million — and Royal Oak a total of $4 million. 

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Published December 28, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Traffic signals are joining crosswalks as future improvements along the Hall Road corridor.

At the Dec. 12 Clinton Township Board of Trustees meeting, the board unanimously voted to approve mast arm traffic signal enhancements along M-59. The project is being led by the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The first part of mast arm and crosswalk enhancements will occur along the Hall Road corridor, starting at Mound Road and ending at Dalcoma Drive. That is projected to start in spring 2017 and be completed that year.

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Published December 28, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Department of Roads informed residents Dec. 20 that it plans to widen a stretch of 23 Mile Road, from North Avenue to just west of Fairchild Road, this upcoming summer.

Residents were invited to hear about the project and its impact on local property during a public meeting Dec. 20, and Bob Hoepfner, director of the Department of Roads, said the work was welcomed with open arms by residents who live on 23 Mile.

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Published December 28, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After again being urged by residents at the start of a Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting Dec. 21, township officials informed residents of the progress they’ve made regarding road safety measures near the location of several schools at Heydenreich and 21 Mile roads.

The board announced that it received an estimate from DTE for the cost of installing 87 street lights along Heydenreich from Hall to 22 Mile roads, and along 21 Mile, from Romeo Plank to Card roads.

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Published December 12, 2016

With more than 10 inches of snow falling Dec. 11-12, St. Clair Shores city officials urge residents to follow the declared snow emergency and get their vehicles off the side streets.

According to the National Weather Service, about 11 inches of snow fell in St. Clair Shores.

When the snow began to fall in earnest Dec. 11, the City of St. Clair Shores declared a snow emergency, which means that residents have to remove their parked vehicles from the road, whether or not they have an overnight parking permit. This allows the city plows to come through the side streets.

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Published December 7, 2016

TROY — The Troy Planning Commission unanimously approved site plans for 29 detached condominiums on 9.8 acres east of Rochester Road — north of Wattles Road, south of Lamb Road — despite some residents’ concerns about safety and traffic. 

A number of residents spoke about the development at the Nov. 29 Planning Commission meeting. Concerns centered on the narrowness of the road and the lack of sidewalks on Lamb Road, which residents thought would see increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic from the new homes. 

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Published November 29, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After a meeting between Macomb County, Macomb Township and Chippewa Valley Schools officials during the early morning of Nov. 16, a speed study that has already begun is the first of several potential steps to address safety concerns for students who walk to school near the intersection of Heydenreich Road and 21 Mile Road.

Plans for the study began shortly after the death of a Dakota High School student Nov. 4.

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