Troy budget dials back on roadwork during I-75 project

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published April 16, 2019

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TROY — The $165.1 million proposed city budget for 2019-20 scales back on road construction projects and ramps up renovations for the library and City Hall, and equipment for firefighters.

“This is the most important thing we work on,” City Manager Mark Miller said to the City Council at an April 11 budget study session, where council members reviewed the proposed 2019-20 budget and a three-year budget.

The millage rate in the proposed budget is 10.24 mills, a slight drop from the current rate of 10.29 mills.

The proposed budget includes $6.5 million for roads, of which $4 million is slated for major roads and $2.5 million is earmarked for local roads. City Engineer William Huotari told the council that this is less than in past years due to the Interstate 75 modernization project.

He explained to the council that this is because of the increased traffic volumes expected on Troy roadways due to the work on the freeway.

Last year, a total of $76.94 million was earmarked for major road improvements, with $3.7 million slated for local roads.

“It’s a smaller program than in the past,” Huotari said.

He noted that at some point during the I-75 project, Big Beaver Road will be reduced down to one lane. “This will change traffic patterns,” he said.

Here are the road projects that made the budget:

• Construction on John R Road from Long Lake Road to Square Lake Road.

• Design work on Rochester Road from Barclay Drive to Trinway Road.

• A new traffic signal at Maple and Rochester roads.

• A traffic signal at Long Lake Road and Coolidge Highway.

• The widening of Coolidge Highway under I-75 as part of the I-75 project.

• An asphalt overlay for Adams Road from south of Big Beaver Road to Wattles Road.

• Concrete slab replacement on Dequindre Road from 14 Mile Road to Long Lake Road.

Roof replacements for the library and City Hall are budgeted at $1.2 million each.

The proposed budget calls for $1.6 million for two new fire trucks, $900,000 for new breathing apparatuses for firefighters and $35,000 for new Jaws of Life.

Troy Fire Chief Dave Roberts said the new battery-operated extrication device is more efficient.

The proposed budget includes $750,000 for snow removal. Public Works Director Kurt Bovensiep told the council that the Road Commission for Oakland County reimburses the city with $292,000 for snow removal on county roads in Troy: Long Lake, John R, Big Beaver, Crooks, Livernois, Maple, Dequindre and Adams roads, and  South Boulevard.

Financial Services Director Tom Darling said the budget reflects an unassigned fund balance of 30%, which is projected to drop to 20% in 2021.

City Councilwoman Edna Abrahim described the proposed budget as clear and concise.

“It’s very straightforward,” she said.

Visit troymi.gov to see the proposed city budget. It is also available at the Troy City Clerk’s Office and at the Troy Public Library.

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