By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers
LINCOLN PARK – Motorists can soon expect to see the annual signs of the season in the form of orange barrels and construction zones on local roadways.
Among the $30 million expected to be invested by Wayne County for street repairs this summer will be resurfacing projects in Lincoln Park and Taylor along with a resurfacing along I-75 through Allen Park, Taylor and Lincoln Park.
Wayne County Executive Warren Evans announced earlier this month plans for road projects in 21 communities this summer, an investment that includes $4 million in new equipment and an expected 50 seasonal employees.
Along with resurfacing an extended stretch of I-75, plans include resurfacing along Southfield Road in Lincoln Park from Lafayette to Fort Street, and Eureka Road in Taylor from Racho to Allen. West Road in Trenton and Woodhaven will be resurfaced from Allen Road to Fort Street.
Wayne County expects to use more than 36,000 tons of asphalt this season for much-needed resurfacing projects along with more than 6,600 tons of cold-patching for potholes.
Overall Michigan Department of Transportation officials are preparing to spend about $422 million on metropolitan Detroit area roadwork this year, including the start of a 14-year I-75 reconstruction and widening in Oakland County, along with I-275 reconstruction in Wayne and Oakland counties.
Evans said during the press conference that the selected projects had been prioritized after consulting with local officials as to most-needed projects.
“We’ve made smart investments with our limited resources,” Evans said in a statement. “Twenty-one of our cities and townships will benefit from capital road improvement projects. We will also conduct road maintenance in several other communities.”
Evans also said the $30 million investment – made possible through federal and state transportation funds – is just a starting point for the many needed projects, and that a series of summits with local leaders will be held throughout the year with hopes of reforming local funding systems.
Specific project timelines had yet to be determined. The Wayne County Road Improvement program begins this month and will continue through November.
(James Mitchell can be reached at email@example.com.)