Safe Routes to School project at Maire to be coordinated with roadwork on Cadieux

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published November 16, 2018

GROSSE POINTE CITY — A plan for improved pedestrian and cyclist safety is a step closer for Maire Elementary School.

Last month, Grosse Pointe City Manager Pete Dame said the Michigan Department of Transportation informed the city that state officials had given conditional approval for the plan, which is slated to receive nearly $90,000 in Safe Routes to School funding.

He said the City has been working with Maire officials “for about two years” on the plan, which would include upgraded pedestrian crossing signals with LED countdowns at Waterloo Street and Cadieux Road, a new 6-foot-wide sidewalk on the east side of Cadieux set back farther from the road, and better traffic signs around the school.

Most of the roughly $100,000 project would be covered by the Safe Routes to School grant from MDOT, but Dame said the grant doesn’t cover the estimated $12,000 cost for engineering. He said Maire and the City would split the engineering costs.

Patrick Droze, an engineer with the Detroit-based OHM Advisors, said this project is eligible for funding in the current MDOT fiscal year, so construction needs to be tackled next summer.

“Due to the funding source, the work must be administered through MDOT’s Local Agency Program (or LAP),” he said. “The project is in direct proximity to upcoming work planned by the city of Grosse Pointe Park on Cadieux Road, which will also be administered through MDOT LAP. As a result of the close proximity and working relationship between communities, the work will be packaged with the city of Grosse Pointe Park’s Cadieux Road project.”

As Dame explained, the Park is slated to resurface its side of Cadieux from Kercheval to Mack avenues in summer 2019, a project for which the Park received federal funds through Wayne County.

Because the Park’s road project “will have striping and intersection ramp improvements” on Cadieux, Dame said they were able to take those elements out of their plan and fund improvements at other intersections around the school instead.

Dame said the Park had already retained OHM — an engineering firm “with significant experience in federal aid road construction projects” — for engineering on its Cadieux project. As a result, Dame recommended that the City also hire OHM, to better coordinate the two projects.

The City Council concurred, voting unanimously during a meeting Oct. 15 in favor of an engineering agreement with OHM.