Mound Road needs reconstruction so it looks and feels like the state-of-the-art technology corridor that it is. The road is 30 years old, which surpasses the average roadway expectancy of 25 years. Macomb County is currently spending $3-4 million annually on maintenance and repairs. The total rebuild from 17 Mile Road to M59 is far beyond a resurfacing project. Below are the outcomes envisioned for this project.
Building a Better Road
- Traffic flow improvements
- Better landscaping
- Unified lighting
- Iconic signs and features
- Non-motorized multi-use path
- Pedestrian bridges
- Improved transit stops
- Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
- Traffic signals and signs
- Connected vehicles pilot project
- Real-time traffic speed monitoring
- GPS on snowplows and maintenance vehicles
- Incident management and GovDelivery
Cost and Timeline
- The current estimated total for the project is $217 million. The funding for this will come from many sources including Macomb County, new State infrastructure funds, TIFA (Corridor Improvement Authority), private funding, grants, and new Federal funds. Specific grants being considered are the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER), Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-Term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE), and Defense Access Road (DAR).
- The grant application and submission process will happen in early 2017 with awards announced mid-year. In 2018-2019, grant funds will be sought for enhancements. A shovel ready design will be ready in 2019 and initiation the bid process. Construction will occur 2020-2022. Throughout this timeline, $3-4 million per year will continue being spent on road maintenance and repair.