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The city 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 roundabouts.

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 times.

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 city of Southfield will accept public comments at the meeting or by contacting Assistant City Engineer Leigh Schultz at (248) 796-4810 or until October 25.