Work along Mound Road in Warren will include removing bad sections of concrete around joints and cleaning the sections before they are filled with a hot asphalt mix, compacted into the joints with a roller. The repairs are expected to be finished in November, before winter and the ensuing pothole season.

Work along Mound Road in Warren will include removing bad sections of concrete around joints and cleaning the sections before they are filled with a hot asphalt mix, compacted into the joints with a roller. The repairs are expected to be finished in November, before winter and the ensuing pothole season.

Photo by Brian Louwers


Work underway to shore up Mound Road

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published October 12, 2018

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WARREN — “Heavy maintenance” work designed to keep the battered stretch of Mound Road through Warren passable for the immediate future is underway.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel said the repairs, which are being undertaken at a cost of $1.2 million each for the city and the county, will be similar to what was done to repair the eastbound lanes of Interstate 696 ahead of the freeway reconstruction project. Various temporary repairs are being done to shore up the road before the 2020 start date for the massive Innovate Mound initiative, a $217 million complete reconstruction and modernization plan stretching from I-696 to M-59, bolstered by a $97 million commitment from the federal government.

“What we’ve decided, knowing that when we start that project in 2020 we’re going to start from the south and head north, we’re not going to put a ton of money into a complete resurfacing, reconstruction from I-696 to 14 Mile,” Hackel said. “We’re just going to put in place some type of fix that will last three years.”

Work along Mound in Warren will include removing bad sections of concrete around joints and cleaning the sections before they are filled with a hot asphalt mix, compacted into the joints with a roller. The repairs are expected to be finished in November, before winter and the ensuing pothole season.

More extensive — and expensive — repairs being done further north, between 14 Mile and 18 Mile roads in Sterling Heights, will mean the road there will last longer as the complete reconstruction moves from the south going north between 2020 and 2025.

“It means Mound Road is going to be off the radar as far as problematic roads,” Hackel said. “By 2020, we’re going to start reconstructing the road. All the stuff we’re doing is temporary because of this reconstruction. We just don’t want to have any more problems as far as potholes, filling potholes on Mound.”

The stretch of Mound in Warren is heavily traveled and connects to some of the county’s largest employers including, the General Motors Technical Center and Powertrain plant, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Warren Truck Assembly Plant, and the U.S. Army’s Detroit Arsenal, where huge investments have been made over the last decade.

“It’s billions of dollars worth of investment over the past 10 years and tens of thousands of jobs,” said John Paul Rea, director of Macomb County’s Department of Planning and Economic Development. “These billion-dollar commitments by the OEMs to not only bolstering the workforce in the area but, I think more importantly, modernizing the industry are a testament to the strength and viability of the corridor.

“Now what we have with this $97 million commitment by the federal government is an investment in the infrastructure to ensure that the future of industry remains strong and viable on this corridor, and that we have one of the most efficient and effective and safe transportation systems to support those private-sector investments,” Rea said.

More information about the Innovate Mound initiative can be found online at innovatemound.org.

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