Sterling Heights — The sounds of bulldozers humming and concrete peckers drilling echoed down Hall Road on Tuesday morning.
Crews in white hard hats were working to remove pavement and dig trenches for pipes that will catch water that seeps through the new road.
Construction is currently active in the far right lanes on both sides of Hall, which are closed to traffic. When that work is done this summer, crews will begin reconstructing the left two lanes in each direction, said Jim Petronski, a construction engineer for the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Petronski said this work is part of the first phase of a $60 million Hall Road project that covers a stretch of M-59/Hall Road from M-53 to Garfield and is set to conclude in October. The second phase of work covers Garfield to Romeo Plank and begins next spring through October 2018.
The plan calls for replacing all concrete with new asphalt, upgrading ramps and sidewalks, new traffic signals and signs, and other aesthetic improvements.
Petronski said motorists are experiencing one- to two-minute traffic delays along Hall, with the biggest backups at the M-53 bridge.
“It affects traffic just because there are additional people (workers) out here,” Petronski said. “You don’t have too much room to move around.”
Entrances to businesses are also being reconstructed, however, MDOT is ensuring vehicles can still access parking lots, Petronski said.
One of the biggest closures will begin Wednesday when Hayes is closed at the Hall Road intersection for roadwork for 10 days.
MDOT spokeswoman Diane Cross said it’s been nearly a decade since Hall underwent major construction. The road was built about 25 years ago.
Approximately 90,000 motorists drive on Hall Road every day, Petronski said. Many of them have experienced flat tires from the crumbling road and potholes.
“We are very conscious of the effect that construction has on people,” Petronski said.
The project “is really gonna make it a destination corridor for the county, he said.