Shelby Township completes improvements at busy 23 Mile Road intersection

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published October 19, 2020

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township and the Macomb County Department of Roads recently completed intersection improvements at 23 Mile Road and Shelby Parkway/Corporate Drive, as well as the installation of a new natural gas main.

The road project began Oct. 5, and the gas main installation was estimated to end Oct. 15. The roadwork is part of Shelby Township’s $20 million Shelby Township Road Program.

Traffic control measures were put in place Oct. 5, and crews began work Oct. 9. Estimates have construction completed in November and full restoration done in spring 2021.

Bryan Santo, the director of the Macomb County Department of Roads, said the department is finishing up road improvement projects throughout the county.

“The Department of Roads is wrapping up a productive construction schedule with nearly $70 million in substantial road improvements to strengthen and enhance Macomb County’s transportation network. We are committed to improving Macomb County’s infrastructure by working with the 27 local communities within the county to deliver quality road and bridge projects,” he said.

The intersection improvements at 23 Mile Road and Shelby Parkway/Corporate Drive, just east of the M-53 Expressway, included installing two left-turn lanes for eastbound 23 Mile Road traffic to northbound Shelby Parkway, widening lanes on Shelby Parkway and Corporate Drive, traffic signal improvements, asphalt overlay and restoration. All roads were open with lane restrictions during construction. Workers using flagging operations directed traffic at times.

Shelby Township paid a total of $100,000 to cover 50% of initial engineering costs, which are not covered by a Transportation Economic Development Fund grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation. The MCDR covered the other 50% of preliminary engineering costs. The state grant money will total approximately $1.2 million to offset $2,050,114 in construction costs. The township and MCDR contributed $427,000 to the construction costs.

Township Clerk Stan Grot said these roads really needed the work done, and it was possible with the help of state funding.

“We needed to get this done, traffic is horrendous, and I knew the state had funding sitting there,” Grot said in a prepared statement. “This $1.2 million came through the efforts of one individual, State Representative 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 is the appropriations budget chair.”

The project became a pressing need in recent years as the township saw more than 1,700 new jobs on Shelby Parkway, filling more than 1.3 million square feet of new industrial and manufacturing space.

Consumers Energy installed a new natural gas main parallel to 23 Mile Road between the M-53 Expressway and Van Dyke Avenue. Representatives from Consumers Energy estimated that the project would be completed by Oct. 15 and that the main would be operational by the end of October.

Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis said the road project was made possible with the collaboration of multiple departments.

“This has been a long time coming, and I want to thank Clerk Stan Grot for working with the state and getting $1.2 million to make this possible,” Stathakis said in a prepared statement. “I want to thank Mr. Gordie Wilson, township engineer at 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 Trustee Viviano, it would not have gotten to the finish line. Truly, this was a team effort.”