To provide you with construction updates, we spoke with John Crumm, Innovate Mound’s Program and Finance Manager and the Director of Planning for the Macomb County Department of Roads.
In May and June, the crews continued to complete road work from 15 ½ Mile Rd to M-59 which included water and sewer replacement, clay removal, laying base, and creating concrete curbs and sidewalks. At the end of June, the project team began to fill the remaining half of the driveways on North Mound.
The entire project is now approximately thirty percent complete. Going into fall, the first construction season will come to a close with the removal of impediments from South Mound Road to 11 Mile Road. The team will grade back medians for temporary lanes to maintain two lanes through construction. The City of Warren utilities will be started as well.
Real-Time Traffic Tool and Other Advancements
Innovate Mound team recently launched a Real Time Traffic tool on the website, which allows us to help drivers estimate their commute before they leave home or work. The tool tracks traffic speeds and compares them with the average speed in a particular corridor to estimate how long it will take to get somewhere. Despite the construction, Mound Road might still be faster than alternative routes. This tool provides the public with updated, accurate, and accessible traffic information.
Motorized and non-motorized users of Mound Road can expect to see high-end utilities and advanced technology that will work for fluctuating traffic patterns and pedestrians long after construction is complete. Our advancements are offering the entire community a new perspective on smart construction and transportation.
Creating Value Through Innovation
The Innovate Mound team knows construction can be frustrating. However, Innovate Mound is creating value for the entire region. For those that live in the communities within the Mound Road corridor, residents and businesses are getting new utilities with upgraded performance and standards so they’ll be ready for future services. The road upgrades will provide a great surface for the future, with fewer potholes and less maintenance slowing down traffic. The maintenance budget for the corridor will be lower so the funds can be reallocated to other road projects in the area.
The team has incorporated several construction elements that have a long-term life expectancy and facilitate adaptability for the future of Mound Road. For example, the traffic technology being implemented will collect data for the region’s traffic department so issues can be addressed right away rather than accumulating into a problem that affects commuters and the community.