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 Shelby Township recently held a groundbreaking for planned construction work for the 23 Mile Road and Shelby Parkway intersection. The $2.5 million project involves an expansion of the intersection.

Shelby Township recently held a groundbreaking for planned construction work for the 23 Mile Road and Shelby Parkway intersection. The $2.5 million project involves an expansion of the intersection.

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Shelby Township breaks ground on road expansion near M-53 Expressway

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published July 20, 2020

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township recently held a groundbreaking for planned construction work at the 23 Mile Road and Shelby Parkway intersection, which is just east of the M-53 Expressway.

The $2.5 million project involves an expansion of the intersection.

Shelby Township is continuing its $20 million roadwork program partnership with the Macomb County Department of Roads to fix many of the local roads throughout the township.

Shelby Township Clerk Stanley Grot, Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis, state Rep. Shane Hernandez and members of the Shelby Township Board of Trustees gathered for the groundbreaking July 7.

“There are a few people that deserve thanks for getting this done,” Stathakis said in a press release. “The first is Clerk Stan Grot for working with the state and getting $2 million to make this possible. I also want to thank Mr. Gordie Wilson with our township engineer AEW for pushing it as hard as possible.”

“And I can’t thank Macomb County Department of Roads Director Bryan Santo and Township Trustee Vince Viviano enough for getting this done,” Stathakis added. “Without Mr. Santo and Mr. Viviano, it doesn’t get done. Truly, this was a team effort.”

Under a preliminary cost share agreement between the MCDR, which owns, operates and maintains most public roads within the township, and the township government, Shelby Township will pay $100,000 to cover 50% of preliminary engineering costs, which are not covered by a Transportation Economic Development Fund grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation. The MCDR will cover the other 50% of preliminary engineering costs. The state grant money will total approximately $2 million, which will offset construction costs. The township and MCDR will also contribute to construction costs.

Grot said the traffic in that area is congested, and this project is a must for the township.

“We need to get this done. Traffic is horrendous, and there’s $2 million sitting there,” Grot said. “This $2 million came through the efforts of one individual, and that is state Rep. Shane Hernandez. After my phone call to him, I brought him to the intersection to look at the traffic and trucks going in and making the turns there. At that point, we convinced Mr. Hernandez, who was the appropriations budget chair at the time.”

Hernandez said that, when he came out to the site, he looked at the bottleneck and saw how it affected local businesses.      

“Being the chair on the Transportation Committee at the time, I knew there was a fund available that could address this. We went to work being able to protect that fund in the budget and redirect those dollars to Shelby Township,” he said.

Township Treasurer Michael Flynn said that he is happy to finally see the project taking off.

“State Rep. Shane Hernandez is a good friend to Shelby Township, and I am grateful for his work to secure much of the state funding. It’s definitely a very congested intersection; I am hoping this upgrade will provide some much-needed relief for our residents and visitors,” he said.

Viviano said the MCDR has a busy construction schedule with more than $70 million in substantial road improvements that will strengthen and enhance Macomb County’s transportation network.     

“MCDR is committed to improving Macomb County’s infrastructure by working with the 27 local communities in the county to deliver quality road and bridge projects,” said Viviano.

The 23 Mile Road and Shelby Parkway agreement with the MCDR is the 12th project of the 16 improvement projects that make up the township’s 2020 road program.

For more information on the township’s road projects, call the township at (586) 731-5100 or call the MCDR at (586) 463-8671.

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