Detroit to spend $60 million to repair city streets
Detroit will spend nearly $60 million to fix city roads this construction season, officials said Wednesday.
“Compared to last year, we did about $31 million worth of work,” said Ron Brundidge, director of the city’s department of public works. “Just in the paving work we’re doing this year, it represents about a $19 million increase or about 25 additional miles compared to last year.”
This year’s increase in road construction spending came from a combination of federal transportation funds and the city’s share of state gasoline tax revenues, he said.
Brundidge made the remarks during a news conference held on the front lawn of the Temple of Faith Baptist Church on West Chicago near Greenfield Road on the city’s west side. Chicago is among the streets the city will resurface this road construction season and work is already underway.
He said the city plans to resurface 53 miles of neighborhood streets and 26 miles of major roadway, he said. Most of the work will be done by city work crews. To help get the work done, the city hired 50 new seasonal workers, he said.
Angy Webb, president of the Joy Community Association, a neighborhood group whose members live near the Temple of Faith Church, said she welcomes the city’s efforts to improve roads in the area.
“I’m very excited to see the work being done in our community,” she said. “Many residents feel this area has been overlooked for a while ... I believe any improvement to the neighborhood will bring about improvement in our property values.”
Among the projects:
■The city will build new landscaped medians and bike paths on a 3.5-mile section of East Jefferson that will be repaved between Grand Boulevard and Lakewood. The $6 million project will begin later this year and finish in 2017.
■It will make improvements to the Rosa Parks bridge north of Lafayette, the Lafayette bridge west of Rosa Parks and the bridge between Mount Elliot and Mound roads. Work on the three bridges is worth about $2 million.
■It will make upgrades to four roads near the Rouge River to reduce the amount of storm run-off that enters the city’s sewer system, including special asphalt pavers that allow water to soak into the ground and bioswales.
Construction work began about a week ago and will continue through the end of November, Brundidge said.
He said the streets and roads selected to be resurfaced were chosen because of their condition, the volume of traffic on them as well as population density of the neighborhoods around them, he said.
“Traffic will be impacted while the road work is done,” he said. “Streets will remain open while construction is occurring, but we ask residents to be patient and give crews ample room to do their jobs.”