Shelby Twp. considers Macomb County partnership to fix roads

Shelby Township announced Monday one of the most ambitious road repair plans in the township's history -- and it's just what residents have been waiting for. 

"We hear them. They want this. They deserve better roads. They deserve much better than what they have right now," said Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis.

The Shelby Township Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday to consider committing $8.3 million to the two-year plan, which consists of 16 road improvement projects. 

"Ten of the projects will be done in 2019, six in 2020," Stathakis said.

Why is so much roadwork going on in Shelby Township?

"What we try to do is partner with these communities on a 50-50 split on many of the projects that they're most interested in to trying to figure out how they fix, but it's all about dollars. In other words, they have to make a determination how much money they have before they can say 'We want to go ahead and start working on these roads.' Because, it's got to be the cost share," said Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel.

Stathakis is particularly proud of how these projects will be funded.

"That's means no borrowing, no bonding. It's being paid in cash, and no increase in taxes," he said.

According to officials:

"Highlighting the possible projects for 2019 is a repair and overlay of 21 Mile Road for its entirety from Shelby Road to Hayes Road. This year will also see a repair and overlay for 22 Mile Road from Shelby Road to Hayes Road, a concrete repair of 23 Mile Road between Schoenherr and Hayes roads, repair and overlay work on Shelby Road between Mound and 23 Mile roads as well as between 25 Mile Road and the entrance to Stoney Creek Metropark. Mound Road will get a facelift with repair and overlay work between Westmoor Drive and 26 Mile Road and Ryan Road will be addressed with repair and overlay between West Utica and 22 Mile roads. 

The township will also invest in its subdivision streets with a project set to address Starlite Drive and Woodmire Drive as well as the annual Pavement Preservation Program that addresses asphalt and concrete repairs on the township's subdivision streets.

In 2020, work will be done on 23 Mile Road between Shelby and Mound roads, on Mound Road between the M-59 Expressway and Auburn Road, on Dequindre Road, which is under the jurisdiction of the Roach Commission for Oakland County, between West Utica and Auburn roads, and the major project will be enhancing and widening the intersection of 23 Mile Road and Shelby Parkway/Corporate Drive just east of the M-53 Expressway, which will total more than $2 million."