The City has been divided into ten sidewalk districts. One sidewalk district is inspected each year to determine if any portion of the sidewalk needs replacement. This inspection takes place in the fall prior to each district’s year. If, after inspection, it is determined that an abutting property owner’s sidewalk requires replacement, the homeowner will be notified accordingly.
Proposed Sidewalk Replacement Schedule, 2014-2019
*Source: 2014-2019 Capital Improvement Plan
The Department of Public Works maintains approximately 21 miles of major streets and 54 miles of local streets within the City.
Much of the funding for street construction come from gas taxes collected by the State of Michigan and redistributed to local governments. Funding that has been restricted to the major and local streets funds will be used for street maintenance purposes only.
The following streets are scheduled to be resurfaced during the 2021 construction season:
The main work consists of resurfacing each street. Additionally, the contractor will be removing and replacing sections of concrete curb and gutter, sidewalk and ramps, and those driveway approaches that must be removed to replace curbs and gutters.
The amount of time it takes to complete will depend on which street you live on and the kind of work being performed. Streets having water and sewer line replacements in addition to resurfacing (primarily on the east side) will be completed in five stages, with a total of 1-3 weeks per stage. Streets with resurfacing and curb/driveway-approach work take less time, generally no more than 4 weeks.
Please keep in mind that timelines are estimates, and they all include time for curing, drying, and delays in the case of poor weather, where work will be suspended and activity on your street is quiet. This is an intentional part of the process; don't worry, we haven't forgotten your street!
While traffic will be maintained as much as possible, for the construction to be completed as expeditiously as possible, there will be contractor-work days when street/driveway access may be restricted and parking prohibited. We're doing everything possible—particularly during this season, when people are home during the days more than usual—to mitigate these issues.
Work is allowed to occur Monday through Saturday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Work is not permitted on the following holidays:
The City's contractor has instituted additional safety measures to protect workers and residents. All construction personnel are required to strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines throughout the construction process. For more information, please see the City's Field Operations Guide.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this necessary and critical work. If you have questions or require special assistance, please reach out.
Department of Public Works: 248-546-2519
Engineering Consultant Giffels Webster: 248-852-3100
After the hearing, homeowners can choose to replace the sidewalk on their own or have it replaced by the Contractor performing the City’s Sidewalk Replacement Program. For further questions, contact the Department of Public Works at 248-546-2519.
The final homeowner assessments of sidewalk construction will be mailed after all construction is completed. After the City Council approves the final assessment, it will be billed on the homeowner’s winter tax.
After the hearing, homeowners can choose to replace the sidewalk on their own or have it replaced by the Contractor performing the City’s Sidewalk Replacement Program.
After inspections have been completed, the Sidewalk Replacement Program is publicly bid, and a Public Hearing for the necessity of repairs is scheduled. Notification letters are mailed to affected homeowners with the time, date, and location of the Public Hearing. The letters also include an estimated quantity and cost of the sidewalk to be replaced.
The inspector will mark defective sidewalk flags with a letter (A, B, C, ...) indicating at least one reason why they require replacement. The following indicates the defect associated with the letter:
A – Stubber
B – Cracked
C – Sunken
D – Holes or Pitted
E – Scaling
H – Slope
O – Other (Mortar adhered to sidewalk causing a trip hazard, foot or bike prints in the sidewalk, asphalt patch in the sidewalk, etc.)
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