Evergreen Road Improvement Project well underway
Construction began in June of 2014 and will be completed by July of 2015
EVERGREEN ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT UPDATE
Paving of the east side of Evergreen Road will begin the week of May 11! Some key dates to note:
On Tuesday, May 12 at 9 a.m. the south drive to the Municipal Campus (at Civic Center) will be closed for approximately 4 weeks. Pedestrians will also not have access to the intersection while closed.
Around Tuesday, June 9, after the south drive opens back up, the north drive (near the Library) will be closed for approximately 4 weeks. Again, pedestrians will also not have access to the intersection while closed.
Beginning May 29, Coral Gables Street will be closed at Evergreen for approximately three (3) weeks,
Evergreen Road North End Project Overview
- Reconstruction of Evergreen between 10 and 11 Mile Roads from the existing six and seven-lane road into a four-lane boulevard with a roundabout at Civic Center Drive and at the north Municipal Campus driveway.
- Work began the week of June 22, 2014 and will be completed by July of 2015.
- New amenities include: mid-block crossing and plaza, benches, landscaping, LED lighting, and message monument sign.
- Total Cost: $12.1 million
- Evergreen Road North End Project Overview (PDF)
Evergreen Road North End Project Public Meetings
Evergreen Road North End Project April 22, 2014 Public Meeting Notice (PDF)
Evergreen Road North End Project Detail
Evergreen Road North End Project October 23, 2013 Public Meeting Notice (PDF)
After much initial ground work securing funding and developing plans, the Evergreen Road Improvement Project finally began last summer. The Project will involve the total reconstruction of a one-mile segment of Evergreen Road between 10 and 11 Mile Roads from the existing six and seven-lane road into a four-lane boulevard with a roundabout at Evergreen and Civic Center Drive and a roundabout at Evergreen and the north Municipal Campus driveway.
The Evergreen Road Improvement Project will incorporate many new amenities that will make the corridor more pedestrian-friendly and attractive, including: a major mid-block crossing and plaza that will be constructed between the two roundabouts, a wide path that will be constructed on the east side of Evergreen from I-696 to Filmore Street with benches and landscaping, as well as decorative street lighting. Innovative stormwater features will also be incorporated into the project to provide water quality improvements before discharge to our storm sewers. The stormwater drains and water mains will be replaced and upgraded — improving the functionality of the sewer system and helping to maximize the lifespan of City’s infrastructure. The City will also construct a rain garden adjacent to the tennis courts and install pervious pavers behind the curb between the roundabouts. Additionally, the power distribution system at the Southfield Municipal Campus will be relocated from the front lawn to north of the tennis courts.
The project is expected to cost approximately $12 million, with $4.8 million in federal transportation funding for the road reconstruction and $450,000 from a Michigan Transportation Alternatives Program grant for the pedestrian amenities and stormwater mitigation features. The City’s Water & Sewer Fund will contribute $3.5 million and the Major Street Fund will contribute $700,000. The Metro Act Fund will provide $1 million, the City Centre Advisory Board will contribute $100,000 toward the pedestrian amenities, and the Local Improvement Revolving Fund (LIRF) will fund the remaining $1.5 million.
The incorporation of roundabouts will greatly improve traffic flow in the corridor while also reducing the number of serious accidents. The many benefits of roundabouts include improved safety resulting in a 90% reduction in fatalities; 76% reduction in injuries; and a 35% reduction in all crashes. Studies have also shown that accidents that do occur are typically less serious and that roundabouts are safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. Roundabouts have also been proven to greatly improve traffic flow by reducing congestion, decreasing traffic delays and increasing traffic capacity. They are also more environmentally friendly — reducing pollution with fewer stops and hard accelerations — resulting in less vehicle emissions, fuel consumption and noise. Roundabouts are also generally considered to be more aesthetically pleasing than traditional intersections — enhancing and defining corridors and cities.
The Evergreen Road Improvement Project began construction the week of June 23, 2014 and is expected to be completed by July of 2015. Evergreen Road will remain open to traffic during construction, maintaining one lane in each direction. The project will improve Evergreen Road and the surrounding area in numerous ways, including: the complete replacement of deteriorated pavement; correction of storm water system inadequacies; improved traffic flow and safety; enhanced pedestrian amenities; creation of a strong link between east and west sides of Evergreen; and overall beautification of the corridor and City.
Instructions for Using a Roundabout
Yield at Entry!
- Yield to vehicles already in roundabout
- Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists
- Vehicles in roundabout have right-of-way No traffic? Don’t stop - Enter roundabout to right Traffic present? Wait for opening - Enter roundabout to right
- Roundabout is one-way
- Circulating car has right-of-way
- Proceed to Exit
- If miss, go around again