Detroit to make $58M in road fixes
Detroit has launched a $58 million effort to resurface 88 miles of roadway across the city.
Officials say the major parts of the project will include parts of Joy Road, Russell, Fenkell, Cadieux, McGraw and East McNichols. The city is also targeting 58 miles of residential streets and spending $3 million on upgrades to the Bagley Street Bridge near 16th Street in Mexicantown and the West Parkway Culvert in Rouge Park.
Another $17 million in bond funds will cover expenses to replace broken sidewalks alongside the road projects.
Detroit officials say they plan to hire local construction workers to complete the road projects, just as they require for major economic development projects. According to the city, last year road paving contractors hired 54.5 percent of their workers from Detroit.
“We want to see Detroiters rebuilding Detroit, and we have a lot of opportunity with this year’s road construction program,” said Public Works Director Ron Brundidge.
Nicquel Terry contributed.