Construction will soon begin for a roundabout at 25 Mile and Romeo Plank roads in Macomb Township. Currently, the site is a four-way stop.

Construction will soon begin for a roundabout at 25 Mile and Romeo Plank roads in Macomb Township. Currently, the site is a four-way stop.

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Roundabout work to begin soon near 25 and Romeo Plank

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 9, 2021

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — An intersection at the north part of Macomb Township will soon look different.

At a May Macomb County Board of Commissioners Public Services Committee meeting, a revised cost-share agreement with Macomb Township for construction of a roundabout at 25 Mile and Romeo Plank roads was approved.

The area is on 25 Mile Road, where Garfield Road turns into Romeo Plank Road.

The county and the township are responsible for over $1.3 million each.

Macomb County Department of Roads Communications and Public Relations Coordinator Eric Dimoff said work will include complete reconstruction of the intersection to a roundabout.

“The project will include a new base, concrete pavement in all four legs of the intersection, enclosed drainage, pavement markings and signage,” he said.  

Dimoff added that water main relocation work by Macomb Township is currently underway. He noted that construction bids opened the first week of June. A specific start date for roundabout work is to be determined and should commence as soon as the water main work is complete, which could happen in the coming weeks.

Currently, the site — just over a quarter mile west of a roundabout at 25 Mile and Romeo Plank roads — is a four-way stop.  

“We have more than $100 million in substantial road and bridge work planned throughout Macomb County that will improve our infrastructure and transportation network including projects in Macomb Township,” Macomb County Department of Roads Director Bryan Santos said. “The enhancements being made will allow for better traffic flow and improved functionality — increasing greater efficiency in the Macomb County transportation system.”

The board packet notes that, in December 2018, when the initial cost share agreement was approved, the project was estimated at $1 million for construction.

“Since that time, preliminary engineering studies have been done due to changes in the surrounding roads, including the expected extension of Garfield to 25 Mile Road,” the packet notes. “This resulted in design changes made to the project, creating additional preliminary engineering costs and increasing the construction cost, as well.”

Dimoff said that due to the right of way acquisition process, Garfield Road extension, from 22 Mile to 23 Mile roads, is unlikely to occur in 2021. He estimates it could begin early in next year’s construction season.

Costs also increased due to the four-year time difference from the original project estimate.

“Right-of-way costs also significantly rose due to condemnation proceedings and property purchases required for the project,” it reads.

Macomb Township approved the agreement at its May 26 Board of Trustees meeting.

Township Engineer Jim Van Tiflin said the Board of Trustees in October 2018 approved it for $765,000.

“This revised agreement, provided by MCDOR, increases Macomb Township’s cost share by $544,000,” he said.

The construction cost estimate is $1,680,000.

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