City of Berkley Summer Construction Update
Media contact: Torri Mathes, City of Berkley; 248-658-3333; firstname.lastname@example.org
Berkley, MI – May 4, 2020 – As the weather warms up and summer approaches, we will soon see more and more orange barrels creep about within the state of Michigan. As we all know, there at two things that Michiganders hate the most; bad roads and the inconvenience of fixing bad roads. However, by paving our roads, maintaining our underground infrastructure, and renewing our pathways, it is the City of Berkley’s and our municipal partner’s way of showing our commitment to the Berkley community by continuously laying the foundation for years to come.
Below is the latest information on the current and upcoming construction projects happening in Berkley:
Berkley Annual Sewer Lining Program – The City has been lining the sewer system in order to maintain its structural integrity, as well as, extend the service life of the pipe network. In January 2019, City Council awarded a five-year bid contract to LiquiForce/Granite to perform this work. Currently, the contractor has completed phase one of the project which included sewer inspection, cleaning, and measurement intake for the placement of pipe lining.
The contractors next phase will include the installation of the new pipe lining based on the sewer inspection which was conducted in February/March 2020. Prior to any pipe lining, residents in the affected area will receive written notices from Liquiforce/Granite advising them of any necessary steps needed by the resident/homeowner. This project is expected to be complete by June 2020.
Consumers Energy Natural Gas Pipeline Upgrades - Consumers Energy has been making upgrades to our natural gas pipelines on 12 Mile and Oakshire in order to enhance the safety and reliability of our natural gas system. The gas main and service replacement began in March 2020 on Oakshire Ave. from Webster to 12 Mile Rd. Currently, crews had to stop work due to the COVID-19 outbreak but are expected to restart work soon and will complete the gas line replacement in June 2020.
For questions or inquiries regarding this project, residents can contact Consumers Energy at EIRPCustomerConcerns@cmsenergy.com.
12-Mile Road Resurfacing Project – This Road Commission for Oakland County project is expected to begin in June 2020, and is to be substantially completed by Winter 2020. The project includes; milling road surface and paving with asphalt, a reconstruction of 12 Mile Road from Greenfield to Ellwood Avenue, rehabilitation and reconstruction of side street approaches leading to 12 Mile Road, ADA compliant sidewalk ramps and signal upgrades, and much more. 12 Mile will be open to two-way traffic on two lanes, however there will be a 12 Mile closure from Greenfield to Ellwood Avenue. The pre-construction meeting will be held on May 5, 2020, which will provide the City with more details on the scheduling and timeline of the project.
Residents and business owners are encouraged to sign up through the City’s eBlast alerts following this link: www.tinyurl.com/12mileroadconstruction. Residents who sign up will receive the latest updates regarding the Oakland County project, as well as, updates about businesses and community partner activities happening on 12 Mile during the construction.
2020-2021 City-wide Road Improvement Program – Following the voter approved Capital Improvement Project Millage for Road/Infrastructure in November 2018, the City will commence its two-year project of road improvements to numerous local and residential streets. The project includes the removal and replacement of various sections of concrete and curbs, as well as, rehabilitation of drainage structures throughout the City.
Currently Public Works and the City’s consulting engineers, Hubbell, Roth & Clark, INC. (HRC), have completed the contract bid process and the pre-construction meeting is scheduled for late May. After this meeting, the City will provide a timeline of which City streets will have work done this calendar year. The project is scheduled to begin summer 2020.
Berkley Sidewalk Replacement Program – The City of Berkley conducted its bid process on the Sidewalk Replacement Program which is initially focused within the southwest section of the City. However, City administration decided it will delay the start of this program until further notice over concerns about financial hardships residents may face due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, City staff and HRC have conducted inspections within the southwest section of the City and have established that the initial program to include the replacement of concrete slabs that were determined to be the highest priority based on vertical displacement (faulting).
To stay up-to-date with all of the upcoming construction projects in Berkley, visit www.berkleymich.org/constructionprojects.