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Shelby Township road program focuses on 23 Mile Road design

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published February 10, 2020

 The Shelby Township Board of Trustees last month approved an agreement with the Macomb County Department of Roads for improvements at the intersection of 23 Mile Road and Shelby Parkway.

The Shelby Township Board of Trustees last month approved an agreement with the Macomb County Department of Roads for improvements at the intersection of 23 Mile Road and Shelby Parkway.

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — 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.

At the Jan. 21 Shelby Township Board of Trustees meeting, the board approved an agreement with the MCDR to have work completed on 23 Mile Road and Shelby Parkway.

The MCDR, which owns, operates and maintains most public roads within the township, has a cost-share agreement with the township in place for intersection improvements for 23 Mile Road and Shelby Parkway, which is just east of the M-53 Expressway.

Under the agreement, 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 then cover the other 50% of preliminary engineering costs.

State grant money for the project will total approximately $2 million. The township and the MCDR also will contribute to construction costs.

The county will furnish the township with a statement of actual costs of the project upon completion of the project and will remit all collected costs exceeding the total cost of the project.

According to Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis, this area sees an abundance of traffic every day and the new design will better fit the use.

“The good news is we need this new road because we have more than 1,500 people going to and from work through this intersection,” Stathakis said in a press release. “Between the jobs, new customers for our local businesses and new wealth for the metro Detroit region from international companies, it’s exciting to see Shelby Township help drive the economy of southeast Michigan.”

With over 1,700 new jobs that have come to Shelby Parkway, more than 1.3 million square feet of new industrial and manufacturing space is located in that area.

Eric Dimoff, the communications and public relations coordinator for the MCDR, said the project’s traffic analysis study has been completed and progress is being made.

“The traffic study has been completed, and we will be reviewing the results to determine the configuration and work needed to complete the project,” he said in an email.

“We anticipate a midsummer start date with work expected to be completed in the fall, weather permitting,” he said.

Trustee Vince Viviano said AECOM is working to create some options for a design that will fit the specific area.

“We’re doing some preliminary site work, and AECOM will do some modeling. They’ll come back to us with some options and a recommendation. Once we have that, we can begin the design. All of that is happening right now, so we will get that done in 2020,” Viviano said in an email.

Trustee Lynn Wilhelm said that she is proud of the work that is being completed, which will make traveling in that area a little bit easier for everyone.

“I am thankful and proud of all of the hard work everyone involved put in to improve 23 Mile Road at Shelby Parkway. I hear about the terrible traffic at the intersection from residents all of the time and know they will be thrilled when it’s complete. Shelby Township is a growing and thriving community, and we want to ensure safe and easy travel for our residents and those that work, shop and visit us every day,” Wilhelm said in an email.

Shelby Township’s clerk, Stan Grot, said this project is essential to reduce the traffic issue in the area.

“We need to get this done, traffic is horrendous, and there’s $2 million sitting there,” Grot said in a press release. “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.”

The Shelby Township road program includes other roads that will see work done in 2020. They include Mound Road, between the M-59 Expressway and Auburn Road; 23 Mile Road, between Shelby and Mound roads; a $2.375 million repair and overlay project for 21 Mile Road, between Schoenherr and Garfield roads; and Dequindre Road, between West Utica and Auburn roads.

The estimated total value of new and improved roads revitalized by partnership agreements between the township and the county comes to roughly $13.1 million. The 23 Mile Road and Shelby Parkway agreement with the MCDR is the 12th project of the 16 improvement projects that make up the road program.

“This has been an amazing initiative and even more so when you remember we are doing all of this work without increasing local taxes,” Stathakis stated. “It seems like the state’s road funding debate gets in the way of doing actual roadwork. In Shelby Township, though, that is not a problem because we prioritize our budgets to put roads first.”

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