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Roadwork gets underway this month

Wing St. near Cady
Wing St. near Cady is the site of the post office and the west entry to the Northville Square parking lot.
All the construction work that had motorists finding new ways to get around closed main roads and freeways in southeastern Michigan will be hitting closer to home for Northville residents and visitors as roads are repaved and new water mains are installed in four main sections of the City.

Beginning August 15, four sections of roads in Northville – three in subdivisions and one in a combined business/residential section - will be repaved. Three of these sections will also get new water mains.

The Northville City Council awarded a nearly $1.2 million contract to Nagle Paving at its monthly meeting on Aug. 2, 2016. The excavator putting in the water main is being subcontracted by Nagle.

Timelines and locations

August 15 ¬ ¬- Work will begin on Elmsmere Drive from Glenhill Dr. to the west end cul de sac, near Beck Road. Duration: three weeks; completion: Labor Day weekend.

August 22 - Work will begin on Rayson (N. Center to Horton) and on Horton (Rayson to Lake), Duration: five weeks; completion: mid to late September.

August 29 - Work will begin on Walnut Street (East Street to N. Center Street), Duration: five weeks; completion: early October.

Sept. 19 – Work will begin on S. Wing Street (W. Cady to 7-Mile Road), Duration: six to eight weeks; completion: early November.

Portion of Wing Street affected by water main contructions
A portion of the Wing St. road and water main construction will affect a residential section.
The City chose to wait until after the Heritage Festival in Downtown Northville ended before beginning work on S. Wing, which carries a lot of downtown-bound traffic from the south. This repair will have the biggest impact for residents and visitors because the post office is located on that street, there’s an exit from the surface parking lot and many drivers use Wing Street as an alternative to Center Street.

“While no one likes to navigate a construction zone, the resulting improvement will make the temporary inconvenience worthwhile,” said Jim Gallogly, director of Public Works.

Funds used to make these improvements came from a millage approved in 1997 that is dedicated to streets, sidewalks and drainage. The water main repairs will be funded through the budget that covers Water and Sewage infrastructure.

A survey of streets by engineering firm Spaulding deDecker was used to determine the priority rank for road repairs. The firm, which specializes in infrastructure, also recorded which streets needed new water mains or repairs. Those two reports were combined to determine the priority of repairs for this fiscal year.

“Sometimes it’s not only the worst street that gets done first, but it could also be one that needs to be resurfaced now so it doesn’t cost four times as much to reconstruct later,” said Gallogly.

“These road repairs are really pavement management,” he noted. “We balance the condition of the road today and what it might cost to repair tomorrow. We spread the budget between complete reconstruction and resurfacing.”

The road repairs will remove existing asphalt and replace it; most roads will also get new curbs, except on Elmsmere, where there are no defined curbs to maintain the look of a country setting. Sidewalk repairs – both patching and complete rebuild with new concrete – will be done along the roads being updated, when conditions warrant repair or replacement.

For water main replacement, 1,790 feet of new eight-inch pipes will be installed, replacing existing four-inch pipes. The new connection will be tested prior to being connected to the City water system. During the connection process, a homeowner’s water service will be temporarily interrupted. Workers will go door-to-door to tell the homeowner when the water will be turned off, typically an hour before it happens. It will be a short-term water outage, not daylong. In many cases, the homeowner is not at home when the water is shut off.

Letters have been mailed to residents whose roads are being repaired, with information regarding parking, access and trash collection. Questions regarding roadwork and water main work can be directed to Andrew Wozniak at 248-752-0345. Watch the City website and City News, a weekly e-newsletter, for updates on this infrastructure improvement.



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