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Mar 08

Macomb County, Sterling Heights, and Warren Build Local Support for Massive Mound Road Project

Posted to Development News by Andrea Mantakounis

Mound Road

Left to Right: State Rep. Tristan Cole, 105th District, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; State Rep. Pamela Hornberger, District 32; State Rep. Diana Farrington, District 30; State Rep. Jeff Yaroch, District 33; Donna Dordeski, City of Warren; City Manager Mark Vanderpool, City of Sterling Heights; Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Ziarko, City of Sterling Heights; State Rep. Peter Lucido, 36th District; Councilman Nate Shannon, City of Sterling Heights; Vince Viviano, Macomb County Department of Roads; State Rep. John Chirkun, District 22; Brent Bashaw, City of Sterling Heights; John Crumm, Macomb County Department of Roads; Bryan Santo, Macomb County Department or Roads; John Abraham, Macomb County Department of Roads.

Innovate Mound is an initiative to rebuild one of the most important corridors in southeast Michigan: Mound Road. The vision behind this effort is a roadway that incorporates the future of mobility and technology. It is being driven by a partnership between Macomb County, the City of Sterling Heights, and the City of Warren.

The construction of Mound Road will cost $217 million, which includes redeveloping the road between two state highways, M59 to I-696. Federal funding is critical to this major project. However, showing local and state support is imperative to being competitive in the funding application process.

“Sterling Heights, Warren, and Macomb have worked closely and we appreciate the support of all these entities,” said Mark Vanderpool, City Manager of Sterling Heights. “We want to work a little closer with the State on this project and, of course, our federal partners as well.” The partnership and need for the project was evident to state officials who toured the corridor in February.

The three grants sources being pursued include; the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant, the FASTLANE (Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies) grant, and the DAR (Defense Access Roads) grant.

It will take more than federal funding to reach budget goals. The cities of Sterling Heights and Warren are contributing a combined total of $15 million to the project. Macomb County will match the $15 million.

Every year the county is putting $3-4 million a year into Mound Road to patch up the road.

“That $3 million every year is an allocation of limited federal transportation dollars given to the county. If we’re able to rebuild the road and only do limited low cost maintenance (crack sealing and concrete seal coating) that would free up this $3 million in future years to be used to allow other roads to be rebuilt and result in the overall road network rating to move toward good,” said John Crumm, Director of the Road Department of Macomb County. “Essentially, we’re carving out quite a bit of our federal allocation every year to patch, and patching is not the long-term solution.”

Most roads have a life expectancy of 25 years. Mound Road has been around for 30 years.

Alternative lower cost fixes, like milling a few inches of concrete and replacing with a new asphalt overlay, are not an option for Mound Road as it was originally built with reinforced steel mesh supposedly located between the two concrete layers that compose the driving surface.  However, when the second layer of concrete was poured the steel floated toward the surface and resulted in variation of depth making it impossible to ascertain the exact location to avoid in a milling process.  The mesh presents an issue to the milling machine because if the machine pulls in any of the steel support the teeth of the machine will be destroyed.

Finally, since the life expectancy of the road has long passed mid-range short term fixes don’t result in achieving further projected life expectancy that is typically garnered by these applications.  “Simply put, the road is outdated and the drainage no longer working properly and the only solution is to totally reconstruct and enhance the technologies in this corridor.      

The Innovate Mound partners are working to keep moving forward with their plans to secure federal funding. The first grant application is due in May.

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Feb 21

Meet Your New CORE Team

Posted to From the Chief's Desk by Andrea Mantakounis


By Chief Berg

The CORE (Community Outreach and Engagement) program grew out of the desire to provide services that we provided in the past via our Community Services Bureau, which was eliminated in 2011. I wanted to have an officer, who already really knows the area district, get even more involved in the community on a one-on-one basis. I am hoping that this program allows our CORE officers the opportunities to meet with community members that they ordinarily would not, which will provide them with a more holistic view of the community they serve.

We handpicked the officers for this program, we wanted proactive, positive officers who have demonstrated the ability to easily interact with the public. I believe that almost any of our officers could step up and do this assignment, however these six officers have a lot of experience and still stay proactive and positive, they were exactly what we were looking for. Officer Robert Wojciechowski (1) will be the CORE officer for the Adam Area, Officer Lamar Kashat (2) will be the CORE officer for the Baker Area, Officer Eric Le Roux (3) will be the CORE officer for the Charlie Area, Officer Guy Lynn (4) will be the Core Officer for the David Area, Officer Kirk Swenson (5) will be the CORE Officer for the Edward Area and Officer Anthony Roeske (6) will be the CORE Officer for the Frank Area.

Map of Area Districts

In five years I am hoping this program will have really taken off and inspired residents to take part in their neighborhood watch groups, or to start one if one doesn’t already exist in their area. We will not be waiting for the public to come to us to organize, we will be going to them and asking them to be active community partners. If other communities start replicating what we are doing to enhance their relationships with citizens and business partners, we know it will be a success.

The SHPD is inviting all residents to come on out for a casual meet and greet to get to know their CORE Officer on March 7 at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center.