A road repair worker operates a vehicle along Metropolitan Parkway earlier this year.

A road repair worker operates a vehicle along Metropolitan Parkway earlier this year.

File photo by Deb Jacques

Summer roadwork winds its way across city

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published June 27, 2019


STERLING HEIGHTS — Road construction in Sterling Heights has entered a summer stretch,  according to city officials.

At a June 18 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool said many of this construction season’s projects have already started and are “well underway,” while others have been scheduled but have not quite started.

“We have a significant amount of road work planned — tens of millions of dollars — for this construction season,” he said.

He offered an update on local street repairs, which are handled by the city and are funded in large part through the city’s Safe Streets millage.

“There will be 36 neighborhood roads that will be improved this summer in one way, shape or form,” he said. “Eighteen will involve a complete reconstruction of the roadway where the entire road is torn out and a new roadway put in.

“And then on another 18 area local roads, there will be concrete replacements in various areas. ... And we’re hoping that we can add three additional roads. We’re working out logistics as we speak.”

He added that in addition to the concrete work, some asphalt resurfacing will be done to the following local streets: Sterritt Street, from Canal Road to M-59; Fortner Drive, from 19 Mile Road to Wheaton Drive; and Fox Hill Drive, from Dequindre Road to Ryan Road.

Vanderpool celebrated the end of repairs on a strip of Metropolitan Parkway east of Van Dyke Avenue.

 “It was one of the worst sections of roadway on Metro Parkway,” he said. “So it’s really good to get this project completed.”

The city manager listed several projects that are in progress or on the horizon:

• Utica Road, from around Dodge Park Road to Van Dyke Avenue.

• Dequindre Road, from 14 Mile Road to Metro Parkway.

• Merrill Road, from 18 1/2 Mile Road to Dobry Drive.

Schoenherr Road resurfacing work was set for just north of the Clinton River up to just south of Canal Road, Vanderpool added.

In addition, resurfacing work is in the plans for 19 Mile Road, between Hayes and Schoenherr roads, and on 18 Mile Road, between Mound and Ryan roads, Vanderpool said. He said the 18 Mile work will begin after Utica Road is finished.

“We expect Utica Road to be done in time for Sterlingfest,” he said.

After the meeting, Sterling Heights City Engineer Brent Bashaw said county contractors sprang into action June 24 to start the Merrill Road work, and workers started sawing and removing old pavement that week.

“So that route is currently one way southbound,” he said. “Alternate routes are advised.”

Bashaw also commented on the Utica Road construction, which he said is keeping one lane open in each direction.

“Traffic remains open. It’s moving slow because of flagging operations, so alternate routes are advised down that road as well, if possible,” he said.

Bashaw confirmed that some local roads are undergoing various phases of construction, and are progressing.

“We always ask that motorists slow down and be aware of construction operations for their own safety and the safety of the workers as well,” he added.

Learn more about Sterling Heights road repairs by visiting the Cone Zone page of the city’s website, www.sterling-heights.net, or by calling (586) 446-2489.