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Village plans for 14 Mile reconstruction

By: Linda Shepard | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published October 23, 2018

BEVERLY HILLS — Village officials are planning the reconstruction of 14 Mile Road from Lahser Road to the west village limits next year.  

“We are recommending this project go for spring of 2019,” Village Manager Chris Wilson said. “We wanted to wait until the project at Lahser and 13 Mile was done.”

Currently, a Consumers Energy project at Lahser and 13 Mile roads has initiated ongoing lane closures, causing significant traffic delays. Craig Bryson, Road Commission for Oakland County communications officer, said the project involves the installation of new and expanded Consumers Energy gas lines.

Westbound 14 Mile Road, between Southfield and Greenfield roads in Birmingham and Beverly Hills, is also currently partially closed, due to concrete removal and replacement, until approximately Nov. 15.

During the closure, westbound traffic is detoured to Greenfield Road, then 13 Mile Road, then Southfield Road, then back to 14 Mile Road, and vice versa for eastbound traffic.

Wilson said that next year’s 14 Mile Road reconstruction project is “more than a repaving” because of the nature of the work.

“It will be more of a complete rebuild,” he said.

The $301,000 project will be paid for with budgeted funds, Wilson said. “It is a lot of money for a half-mile of work, but it is a pretty comprehensive rebuild of that section of 14 Mile.”

Contractor Asphalt Specialist Inc. confirmed the project start date in April or May 2019 —  considering the ongoing Consumers Energy project, the lateness of the current season and the possibility that the job may not get finished if started this fall, Wilson said.     

An official detour route for westbound 14 Mile Road traffic next spring will incorporate Telegraph Road, he said. In addition, village officials will coordinate potential detours and closures with Birmingham Public Schools.

By a unanimous vote Oct. 2, the Beverly Hills Village Council approved authorization of the project.  

“I think anyone who travels that section of 14 Mile understands that there are significant problems there and the road has to be rebuilt,” Village Council President John Mooney said.   

For more information, call the Beverly Hills village offices at (248) 646-6404.