Water main work will close the south-side lanes of 14 Mile Road from Greenfield Road to Coolidge Highway. Afterward, the city of Royal Oak will resurface 14 Mile, resulting in ongoing construction through most of 2019.

Water main work will close the south-side lanes of 14 Mile Road from Greenfield Road to Coolidge Highway. Afterward, the city of Royal Oak will resurface 14 Mile, resulting in ongoing construction through most of 2019.

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Water main, resurfacing work to last all year on 14 Mile Road in Royal Oak

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published January 8, 2019

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ROYAL OAK — Congestion will be coming to 14 Mile Road, as water main work is slated to begin this month and construction, including resurfacing of the road, will last throughout 2019.

The city of Royal Oak and the Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority will both be completing water main projects on the south side of 14 Mile Road.

SOCWA’s project is set to start at the end of January; Royal Oak’s is set to start in February. The two water lines run parallel to each other.

“All of the water main work will go on through winter and into spring,” said Holly Donoghue, a Royal Oak engineer. “Our hope is to wrap that all up in the middle of June, so we can begin resurfacing work from then to pretty much the end of 2019.”

Royal Oak is completing work on two segments of a water main on 14 Mile Road — the first from Woodward to Cooper avenues and the second from Mankato Avenue to the railroad tracks just east of Coolidge Highway. The cost is $928,932.50.

SOCWA is completing work on a water main from Greenfield to Crooks roads. The cost is approximately $1.9 million.

Donoghue said the south side of the road would be closed during construction, but that one lane of traffic would be open in either direction, with temporary lane closures at Coolidge.

“All of the work is either being drilled or pipe bursting, so we’re not doing one giant open cut trench — we’re working underground at different locations at different times,” she said.

Bob Jackovich, operations manager of SOCWA, said SOCWA wanted to finish the water main project before Royal Oak resurfaced 14 Mile Road.

“It’s a pretty big project, and it’s obviously going to impact a lot of people,” he said.

SOCWA completed a $1.2 million project to rehabilitate a 16-inch transmission line that runs beneath the Coolidge median from 13 Mile to 14 Mile roads Nov. 15. 

“The pipe is active and reinstated. The only thing that is not complete is obviously a little bit of landscaping,” Jackovich said. “We put down some hydroseed and some fence, but we’re not in the growing season.”

He said Consumers Energy completed a project that affected the area, which several commuters mistakenly took for being part of the water line project, but that the area is now open.

“The (water line project) went pretty good. It was pretty well on schedule, with a few days off because we had a rainy fall there, so we had some delays with the weather overall,” Jackovich said.

Donoghue said the $2.7 million South Campbell Road resurfacing project, which spans from 10 Mile Road to 11 Mile Road and was supposed to wrap up in October, is scheduled to be completed in the spring.

A breakdown in negotiations between the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association and union Operating Engineers 324 resulted in the stalling of several road projects around the state, including South Campbell and Gardenia Avenue, which is now complete.

“We will be back (on South Campbell) in the spring to do some restoration and install some traffic signals and pedestrian crossing islands,” Donoghue said.

She added that the other road work scheduled for 2019 includes all of the city’s road millage projects, or local street work covered by a millage that started in 2015.

For more information about road projects, visit www.romi.gov or contact the Engineering Division at (248) 246-3260 or generaleng@romi.gov.

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.

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