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Questions and Answers about the 2018 Street Bond

1. Why do we need a roads millage?
The amount of funds budgeted annually for road repair and replacement, approximately $550,000 per year, is not sufficient to keep pace with the rate at which roads are deteriorating.

At present, 46.5% of Northville roads have a “poor” rating … which means that we are repairing roads when they get closer to the “replacement” condition. This is a very expensive way to maintain roads. It also results in people driving on roads that are more likely to develop potholes and crumbling conditions.

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City of Northville has a plan to prioritize road repair and replacement

There’s a science to determining how roads should be repaired or replaced, balanced by practicality and traffic flow.

The process of evaluation and analysis starts with rating roads using the Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating (PASER) system, an industry-standard assessment in which trained analysts drive each segment of road (from intersection to intersection) and score it from one (the worst) to 10 (a new road). Roads rated 7 or 8 may require routine maintenance, such as crack sealing or minor patching. Roads rated 4-6 are considered to be in “fair” condition and may need preventive maintenance, such as an overlay or joint repairs. Roads rated less than 4 are candidates for extensive repairs or reconstruction.

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Roads repair and replacement ballot proposal will be put to voters in November

At the general election on Nov. 6, 2018, voters in the City of Northville will be asked to decide on a ballot proposal for the issuance of a $3,050,000 Street Improvement Bond, paid for over 10 years, to replace and repair a segment of the City’s roads and provide upgraded maintenance to slow the rate of deterioration. (See official ballot language at the end of this article.)

An assessment of the City’s streets made in a 2016-17 report by the engineering firm Spalding DeDecker reported that 46.5% were in “poor” condition and 20.8% were in “fair” condition. Engineers estimate at the end of 10 years, the bond program would increase the amount of streets rated as “good” from 32.7% to 63.1% and streets rated as “poor” would decrease from 46.5% to 34.1%.

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Beck Road Travelers

Beck Road, between 8 and 9 Mile Road, was repaved and shoulder work was completed in early September. The road was widened for a center turn at 9 Mile that extends 1/2 mile south. A concrete curb and gutter was installed, along with a guardrail and other repairs to improve drainage. The nearly $1.7 million project was funded by the City of Novi and the federal government, and the City of Northville paid $70,000 for its assessed portion of the project, along the east portion of Beck Road between 8 Mile and 8-1/2 Mile.

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2017

Road reconstruction is complete for the season

As part of the City’s ongoing road improvement program, two main residential streets were repaired in the spring and summer 2017. East Cady Street, from Center to South Main in the business district, is being designed with specifications for future construction.

On High Street (W. Main to W. Dunlap), the asphalt road was repaved and new curbs and sidewalks were installed. On Elmsmere (E. Chigwidden to Coldspring), the concrete road and sidewalks were redone in an area that spans two subdivisions. In Pheasant Hills, the road was resurfaced with asphalt. In Abbey Knoll, spot repairs were made to the concrete.

On East Cady, the street will be redone after new building construction is erected on the south side of the street. The City’s master plan envisions residential, retail and commercial or light industrial usage of that property, which is currently owned by Northville Downs along with a small portion owned by the City.

The total cost for all three projects was $160,000 with no cost overruns.