Construction work done this year between a stretch of Mound Road from just north of 10 Mile Road to 13 Mile Road totaled about $4 million, split between Macomb County and the city of Warren.

Construction work done this year between a stretch of Mound Road from just north of 10 Mile Road to 13 Mile Road totaled about $4 million, split between Macomb County and the city of Warren.

Photo by Brian Louwers


Work ‘on track’ to fix Mound in Warren before winter

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published November 15, 2018

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WARREN — Going, going, not-quite-gone, but definitely getting there was a good way to describe Michigan’s mid-November weather this year.

Those words could also apply to the state of the orange barrels along Mound Road in Warren, where crews were working to finish a variety of “heavy maintenance” repairs between Interstate 696 and 13 Mile Road.

“Obviously mother nature has been playing a little bit of havoc with us as far as finishing,” said Bryan Santo, director of the Macomb County Department of Roads. “Currently we’re paving the inside lanes of both northbound and southbound Mound between, basically, north of 10 Mile to 12 Mile. We’re doing detail seven (repairs) from 12 Mile to 13 Mile Road currently.

“We’re hoping, weather-permitting, to be on track to have the southern section of Mound, which is north of 10 Mile to 13 Mile, done by the end of next week (Nov. 24),” Santo said.

Detail seven work involves the extensive rehabilitation of deteriorating concrete joints in the roadway, where failing concrete is milled and ground-out sections are patched and packed with a hot asphalt mix. The process mirrors the emergency repairs done by Michigan Department of Transportation contractors last winter on the westbound lanes of I-696 to keep them serviceable while the eastbound lanes of the freeway were removed and reconstructed this summer.

Other work in Warren involves the removal of the top 2 inches of troubled roadway on the northbound and southbound lanes of Mound between the freeway interchange and 12 Mile Road. The sections will be relayed with a fresh 2 inches of asphalt.  

“It’s a more permanent fix than just filling potholes with cold patch over the winter,” Santo said. “The work that we’re doing should dramatically change the driving conditions over the winter. From north of 10 Mile to 12 Mile, we did mill completely all lanes 2 inches deep, and then we did 2 inches of asphalt. That should be smooth sailing as far as the roads, traveling on that section.”

The stretch from 12 Mile Road to 13 Mile Road where the joints were repaired “won’t be the prettiest” and “won’t drive like new pavement will,” but Santo said it also won’t result in the significant potholes and craters that drivers experienced last winter.

“Those were extreme conditions,” Santo said.

Construction work done this year between the stretch just north of 10 Mile to 13 Mile in Warren totaled about $4 million, split between Macomb County and the city of Warren.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel said previously that the project was being undertaken to shore up the stretch of road temporarily ahead of the massive Innovate Mound initiative, a $217 million complete reconstruction and modernization plan targeting Mound between I-696 and M-59. The planned project was bolstered by a $97 million commitment from the federal government.

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