of Southfield will hold a public information meeting on Wednesday,
October 23 from 4-7 p.m. in the Parks and Recreation Building (Rooms 220
& 221, second floor) located at 26000 Evergreen Road to discuss the
upcoming improvements to Evergreen Road between the Northwestern
Service Drive and I-696.
The meeting will be an “open house”
format; however, there will be brief presentations at 4:30 p.m. and at
5:45 p.m. that will provide an overview of the project. The public is
invited to stop by at any time between 4-7 p.m. to discuss the project
with City staff and engineering consultants.
The Evergreen Road Improvement Project
will involve the total reconstruction of a one-mile segment of
Evergreen Road 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 Complex
driveway. The stormwater drains and water mains will be replaced and
upgraded and the sewer system will be improved. The power distribution
system at the Southfield Municipal Complex will also be relocated from
the front lawn to north of the tennis courts.
The project will incorporate many new
amenities that will make the corridor more pedestrian-friendly,
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 pedestrian lighting. Innovative
stormwater features will also be incorporated into the project to
provide water quality improvements before discharge to our storm sewers.
Additionally, the City will construct a rain garden adjacent to the
tennis courts and install pervious pavers behind the curb between the
The project is expected to begin
construction in the spring of 2014 and be completed by spring of 2015.
Evergreen Road will remain open to traffic at all times during
construction; however, may be reduced to one lane in each direction at
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
The city of Southfield will accept
public comments at the meeting or by contacting Assistant City Engineer
Leigh Schultz at (248) 796-4810 or email@example.com
until October 25.