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Creative Solutions Being Developed As Legislature Identifies New Roads Funding Model

Hamtramck’s Conant St. Finally Receives Needed Heavy Road Maintenance after 39 Years


Cold Water Canyon Avenue is littered with broken pieces of road and its closed to all traffic at Ve

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HAMTRAMCK, MICH. – As the Michigan Legislature continues to mull new road funding models, Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans is examining new intergovernmental partnerships to create operational efficiencies and make the County’s state and federal road funding resources go further.

County Executive Evans addressed the topic on Wednesday while visiting Hamtramck to look at heavy road maintenance being performed by Wayne County on northbound Conant St., between Carpenter and Holbrook, a one mile stretch of road that has not been thoroughly repaired in 39 years.  He was joined by Hamtramck City Manager Katrina Powell.

The Wayne County Maintenance Division has already removed and replaced 200 tons of asphalt. According to Wayne County officials, the work being performed will make a significant improvement to the ride quality on Conant St.

“Conant St. is an important thoroughfare for this Wayne County community and fortunately we have the resources to make these long overdue repairs, but a lack of sufficient road funding is impacting our ability to fix more roads, in more communities,” said County Executive Evans.

“We are currently identifying solutions to help combat the shortage of available funding by establishing partnerships with Wayne County cities to conduct road swaps; coordinate capital improvements and improve communications on scheduled road maintenance,” he said. “These activities are a good step toward creating improved efficiencies but they do not negate our need for increased road funding.”


Wayne County Roads Funding

Due to limited State and Federal funding, Wayne County has only $23.6 million this fiscal year to complete 14 capital projects, which will equate to 10.9 miles of capital road improvements. The Wayne County Engineering Division says seven of the 14 capital improvement projects are already completed or underway.

In total, Wayne County is responsible for the upkeep of roughly 720 center lane miles of roads, of which, about half are in need of repairs.  The County has about $32 million available for road maintenance, which includes temporary fixes such as pothole-patching, catch basin repairs and other requirements like snow removal and signal and signage repairs. The temporary maintenance is done to extend the life of the roads until there is more capital funding available.


2015 Wayne County Capital Projects

  1. Sheldon / Van Born – Yost, Van Buren Twp.
  1. Beck / Warren – Ann Arbor Trail, Canton Twp. / Plymouth Twp.
  1. Cherry Hill / Beck – Canton Center, Canton Twp.
  1.  Greenfield / RxR S.I-94 Fwy. – Rotunda Dr., Dearborn
  1. Lilley / Warren – Joy, Canton Twp.
  1. Overband Crack Sealing / Countywide
  1. Jefferson,W and Grosse Ile Pkwy in Trenton
  1. Chandler Park Dr. / Canyon – Moross, Detroit*
  1. Geddes / County Line – Denton, Canton Twp.*
  1. Inkster / Plymouth (OM-14) – Schoolcraft, Livonia / Redford Twp.*
  1. Merriman / I-94 Freeway – S./Ecorse, Romulus*
  1. Base Line Bridge / CSX RR, Northville*
  1. Goddard / I-75 Freeway – Toledo, Allen Park, Lincoln Park and Southgate**
  1. Sibley / Toledo – Allen, Brownstown Twp.**


*Projects starting in September  / ** 2015 Projects Starting Spring 2016

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