Summer construction underway in Sterling

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published August 29, 2017

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The path to completing a list of street and road repairs in Sterling Heights is still a long one, but progress has been made, according to city officials.

At an Aug. 15 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool gave an update about road construction projects in the city.

Vanderpool said the city has a long list of road projects going on. M-59 is being performed by the Michigan Department of Transportation, while others are being handled by the Macomb County Department of Roads, the Road Commission for Oakland County or the city. Here is the city’s summary of some roads being impacted:

• Ongoing: M-59 reconstruction, Hayes Road to M-53; and Arlingdale Drive reconstruction.

• August: Southbound Mound Road repairs, from M-59 to 18 Mile Road; 15 Mile Road resurfacing, from Ryan Road to Mound Road; Clinton River Road resurfacing, from Schoenherr Road to Saal Road; Riverland Drive bridge repairs; and Maple Lane bridge repairs.

• September: Schoenherr Road resurfacing, from 15 Mile Road to north of Metropolitan Parkway; Metropolitan Parkway service drive resurfacing at Conrail Rail; and Dequindre Road widening, from 18 Mile Road to M-59.

“M-59 is going very well and so far is on schedule, thanks to some very good weather,” Vanderpool said. “At least the roadway work will be done and everything opened up by the holidays this year.”

On other major roads in Sterling Heights, most of the work is ongoing, Vanderpool said.

However, he added that some projects will begin later in August or in September.

Roadwork is set to continue into November and then resume in 2018.

“We have many neighborhood road projects going on throughout the city,” the city manager added. “Most of them, a good portion of them, are already underway.”

According to the city, local street projects spanning a total of around 3 1/2 miles include work on portions of Allspice Drive, Armonk Drive, Bluejack Drive, Carriage Drive, Chatsworth Drive, Ciara Drive, Crestview Drive, Electra Drive, Fanning Road, Grindley Drive, Hornbeam Drive, Kara Lane, Lancaster Drive, Larch Drive, Marc Drive, Merrimac Drive, Mount Kisco Drive, New Bradford Boulevard, Scarsdale Drive, Shruboak Drive, Stonecrest Drive, Oak Knoll Court, Mill Creek Drive, Monterra Lane, Lockwood Court, Mulberry Drive and Vito Drive.

“I do apologize for all the construction delays that we have throughout the city, but this work is very important, and we have such a small window of time to get this done in Michigan before the winter comes, so we gotta kinda cram it all into spring and summer,” Vanderpool said.

During public comment at the meeting, a few speakers aired their concerns over construction.

Resident Jazmine Early showed pictures of pothole patching work and said that it didn’t go far enough. Another speaker, who didn’t identify himself, hoped that the new projects won’t be done the way some previous construction projects have been done.

“We hope that with all the work that is being put on to fix, maintain the roads, that we’re not going to be using the same concrete mixture that’s been used for the last so many years, and end up two years later with the same potholes again,” he said.

City officials could not be reached for comment about what concrete mixture is being used.

Find out more about Sterling Heights by visiting www.sterling-heights.net or by calling (586) 446-2489.

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