Resurfacing of Sibley in Brownstown Twp. starts

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Wayne County’s Roads Department and the township have begun a project to resurface a three-quarter mile stretch of Sibley Road between Dix-Toledo and Allen Roads.

The project to resurface three of five lanes will cost the county about $130,000, officials said.

They also said the move is a temporary measure to improve the road’s condition before the winter season arrives. Long-term repairs are schedule for the spring.

“Sibley Road’s poor driving conditions have long been a problem for people traveling through this area of the County,” Wayne County Executive Warren Evans said in a statement. “Roads funding has been an ongoing issue for communities across our region, but it’s important that we continue to find solutions, like we have done with this temporary fix.”

Evans said a complete reconstruction of the portion of Sibley Road was scheduled for this year’s construction season, but Congress’ decision to delay voting on the Federal Highway Fund pushed the reconstruction project back to 2016.

He also said the 2016 resurfacing project will cost a fraction of of reconstructing the roadway, estimated to total about $2.069 million. The county plans to use $1.694 million in Federal Highway Fund dollars to pay for the reconstruction with a $375,000 match from the township.

Brownstown Township Supervisor Andy Linko praised Evans and welcomed the project’s start.

"Without the appropriate funds from Washington or Lansing, I am glad County Executive Evans and the Township was able to move forward with some relief on Sibley Road," he said in a statement.

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