Photo: Jon Hewett / WWJ

Detroit Spending $100 Million To Improve Roads In 2019

Nearly 100 miles of road will be resurfaced, mostly in residential areas.

May 16, 2019 - 6:37 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) -- Many roads across the city of Detroit will receive a facelift in the coming months.

Department of Public Works Director Ron Brundidge announced Thursday that nealy 100 miles of roads will be resurfaced, including 53 miles of residential streets and 41 miles of major roads. The city will spend $100 million on the project, to primarily be paid through the city’s share of state and federal road funds, along with $14.5 million in city bond funds.

The project -- the largest of its kind in the city in years -- will also include the rehabilitation of five bridges and the construction of streetscape projects in seven commercial corridors throughout the city.

Among the most noteworthy thoroughfares planeed for improvements are large sections of the Southfield and I-75 Service Drives, McNichols Road, French Road, Linwood and Berg Road. Crews have already begun work on several projects and are expected to continue until mid-November.

Brundidge joined residents and workers on the city's east side Thursday as was underway along Marseilles Street in East English Village near Caieux and I-94.

"We’ve got work going on in all seven of the city council districts, and again with this being our largest program in recent history, there’s going to be a lot of activity going on in every area of the city," Brundidge told WWJ's Jon Hewett.

Among residents happy to see those city crews roll in was homeowner James Grennwick.

"This street is going to be just perfect. And when you drive down it, eyes are going to say ‘oh!’ and that’s what I want people to take away is a positive 'oh.,'" Grennwick said.

In addition to the road resurfacing, the city has plans to revitalize seven commercial corridors this year, which in most cases will include the addition of new wider sidewalks for café seating, landscaping, improved lighting, separated bike paths, as well as the roadway receiving new pavement, according to the city. The funding for these corridor projects is coming from City bond funds that will be used to revitalize 23 commercial corridors over the next 3-5 years. 

Crews work to resurface Marseilles Street on Thursday. (Photo: Jon Hewett / WWJ)

The bridges that will see rehabilitation of around $1 million each include:

  • Bagley at 16th Street
  • West Parkway Culvert at Meadow Park  
  • South Service Drive at I-96 and Evergreen 
  • Chestnut at the Dequindre Cut   
  • Holden at Elijah McCoy  

The city says 51% of the workforce on contracted road projects must be from Detroit.

“We want to see Detroiters rebuilding Detroit, and we have a lot of opportunity with this year’s road construction program,” Brundidge said in a press release.More information on the project can be found on the city's website