August 21, 2014GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Residents and city officials alike are anxious to move forward with road construction following the approval by voters of $10 million in bonds to pay for the projects.
With the approval in hand, the city's construction committee and city administration are moving ahead with both the sale of the bonds and a schedule for repairing, resurfacing or reconstructing several miles of streets and roads.
According to city engineer Scott Lockwood, construction will begin on the first phase of the work around April 1, 2015. Targeted streets for the first year of the four year project include eight streets designated for reconstruction and six targeted for resurfacing. Among streets designated for reconstruction are South Renaud, from Mack to the Milk River, North Oxford from Fairway to Morningside and several blocks of Sunningdale. Streets marked for resurfacing include Lochmoor, Oxford and Wedgewood. Cost for the first year of projects is estimated to be $3.5 million.
Reconstruction, according to Lockwood, involves removal of the entire road and laying down new concrete, while resurfacing involves removing the top layer of asphalt and laying new asphalt.
Lockwood said bids on the project will be due mid-January 2015.
That's just about the same time that the specs for the bonds will be available, according to city treasurer DeeAnn Irby. The bonds must be sold before June 30, 2015 in order for the assessment to be on July tax bills. There will be two bond sales, for $5 million apiece.
Construction committee chair Vicki Granger said she, like most Woods residents, was anxious to get the projects underway, but urged Lockwood and Woods director of public works Joe Ahee to attempt to keep disruption to residents to a minimum.
"It's difficult when residents can't get into their driveways and have to park a long way from their house," she said. "We need to make sure there is adequate parking available if several blocks are being done at the same time."