Roseville approves contract with state for Calahan Road repairs

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published February 28, 2014

 The cracks and bumps in Calahan Road, between 13 Mile and Common, will be gone, if a planned repaving project goes according to plan later this year.

The cracks and bumps in Calahan Road, between 13 Mile and Common, will be gone, if a planned repaving project goes according to plan later this year.

Photo by Kevin Bunch

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ROSEVILLE — The City Council unanimously approved a contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation Feb. 25 to work on Calahan Road, between Common Road and 13 Mile Road, this year.

Work would include road repavement, tree removal, sidewalk ramps, sidewalk upgrades and possibly some storm drain work. City Manager Scott Adkins said the project would cost nearly $1.1 million, but thanks to state and federal capital improvement funding, the city would need to pay roughly $242,000. That money has already been budgeted for the project in the city’s road maintenance plans, he said.

“This particular section of roadway is in deplorable condition,” Adkins said. “This (state and federal funding) is something that makes reconstruction possible. If not (for it), it would be very difficult for us to fund this project.”

Since the project has not gone out for bidding yet, Mayor Pro Tem Robert Taylor said the costs could come in lower than the engineering estimate.

If any problems with other city infrastructure beneath the road come to light during the work, Adkins said they would look into addressing the work while the road is torn out.

While he said the city typically prefers to have roads done in sections so that the roads remain passable, it is too early to say how the road would be fixed this time.

A Roseville resident attending the meeting, Dave Chesney, liked the idea of Calahan getting repaved, saying that it really needed it. He put much of the blame for the road’s current condition on truck traffic in the area.

“What they need to do is start enforcing the weight limit, as trucks are not supposed to be on that part of Calahan,” Chesney said. “They can go from 12 Mile up to Common because that is an industrial area, but they really should be staying off Calahan up to Masonic.”

Adkins noted that the stretch of Calahan Road in the proposed work is strictly a residential area, so it does not have any real bearing on the city’s commercial or economic plans.

“It’s more for neighborhood stability and maintaining the road network,” he said.

No timetable on when bids would go out was set at the council meeting. Adkins hopes to see the project started in the spring and finished later this year.

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