Sidewalk construction that started this spring along Dinser Road, near Wixom and 10 Mile roads, is in the final phases before being completed. Novi’s City Council approved a water main and sidewalk construction project, slated to begin next spring, just west of the area.

Sidewalk construction that started this spring along Dinser Road, near Wixom and 10 Mile roads, is in the final phases before being completed. Novi’s City Council approved a water main and sidewalk construction project, slated to begin next spring, just west of the area.

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Water main, sidework construction on 10 Mile slated for spring season

Sidewalk construction will create connectivity to ITC Trail

By: Jonathan Shead | Novi Note | Published September 23, 2021

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NOVI — The city’s water main system along 10 Mile Road, at the corner of Wixom Road and west of the road in front of Oak Pointe Church, will be upgraded with approximately 1,250 feet of new 12-inch water main after the City Council unanimously approved awarding the project to the lowest bidder, Bidigare Contractors Inc., at the council’s Aug. 9 meeting.

Approval of the project also includes sidewalk construction work to fill in some gaps of the walking path and connect to the larger ITC Trail that runs through parts of the city near Wildlife Woods Park.

“That’s a water main project we had identified in our master plan, I think in 2014, to improve redundancy pressures and help eliminate some dead ends of water main that we had along 10 Mile (Road),” Novi Director of Public Works Jeff Herczeg said. “While we’re doing that construction, it makes sense to capitalize on the efficiency of the mobilization and have the sidewalk gaps done at the same time in front of Oak Pointe Church and along Wixom and 10 Mile (Roads).”

The upcoming water main addition and sidewalk development slated for west of Wixom Road, which crosses the Novi-Lyon Drain, will also include the need to input a 24-foot extension into the current culvert in the area, as well as a precast concrete headwall to support the culvert extension.

Bidigare Contractors came in as the lowest bidder on the project, at a cost of $537,372. The next lowest bidder was requesting an additional $10,000 for the scope of the work. In the end, the city approved $519,872 to be paid to Bidigare for the project’s completion.

A second request for bids was put out June 24, after receiving zero bids the first time around, Herczeg said. Four bids were received and opened July 22, following the solicitation period, at which time Bidigare received the recommended approval by Council.

A representative from Bidigare Contractors Inc. could not be reached for comment by press time.

“No construction has begun on that, and that won’t begin until spring,” Herczeg explained. “We expanded the timeline, because this is a very specific project with the sidewalk and the water main. We had trouble getting bids on it, so we had to repackage it and put it out, and we just expanded the timeline. It’s slated for spring construction.”

After the project is complete, the benefits of the project may ultimately come in the form of fewer service shutdowns, Herczeg said.

“It will equalize pressure, and then it also eliminates dead ends, which dead ends in water mains have a tendency to collect sediment, and then it also provides redundancy so if we have a break or some maintenance in the area, that means we have less services to shut down,” he said.

The city decided to tack on the sidewalk connectivity portion of the project alongside the water main construction in order to reduce the overall costs of both projects by completing them together. The nonmotorized connection to the ITC Trail, known as segment 49, is a priority segment for completion according to the Walkable Novi Committee, and it was approved as a capital improvement project.

“It’s big. One of Walkable Novi’s main goals is to get accessibility to the ITC Trail, and this provides a connection from Napier to Haggerty on the north side of 10 Mile,” Herczeg said. “I know it’s one of the long-standing goals, and we’re happy about getting the residents accessibility to all of the trails and all the amenities in Novi.”

A representative from the Walkable Novi Committee could not be reached for comment by press time.

The city is also still working to complete a sidewalk construction project just east of Wixom Road, along Dinser Drive, near 10 Mile Road in the same area. The city is waiting for DTE to complete work in the area before the project is complete, Herczeg said. That sidewalk project began during the spring 2021 season.

For more information, visit cityofnovi.org.

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