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MCDR 2016 Herbicide Phragmites Control Program to take place August/September 2016

The Macomb County Department of Roads (MCDR) 2016 Herbicide Phragmites Control Program will take place in August/September 2016.

This program involves the application of herbicides to phragmites in order to improve visibility and safety for both pedestrians and motorists on these roadways. This program is expected to be completed within several weeks but is subject to weather and/or operational factors.

Dequindre Road reconstruction to begin June 20
The Road Commission for Oakland County will begin a project to reconstruct Dequindre Road between Burningbush Road and West Utica Road June 20.

The project includes storm drainage and widening of portions of the road resulting in a five-lane concrete reconstruction the length of the entire project.

The project is managed by the RCOC with coordination from the Macomb County Department of Roads, Rochester Hills, Shelby Township, Sterling Heights and Troy. Construction is expected to be completed by fall of 2016 with some restoration work to be completed in 2017. The total cost of the project is $7.7 million, which is offset with $6.2 million in federal funding.

Once a formal contract for the project is approved by the Michigan Department of Transportation, a cost-share agreement will be drafted by the RCOC for the five local municipalities and the two county road agencies. Estimates for Shelby Township’s portion are roughly $120,000.

Early plans call for the road to be constructed in two main stages. In the first stage, crews will construct the east side of Dequindre Road and the south side of South Blvd.

The second stage will see construction on the west side of Dequindre Road and the north side of South Blvd. Dequindre Road will be open to traffic for the entirety of the project as three lanes -- one lane in each direction and a center left turn lane -- will be maintained throughout the project.

West Utica Road is proposed to be closed at Dequindre Road for approximately four weeks. Dates and detour are to be announced.

Along with the reconstruction and widening, a redesign of the intersection Dequindre and West Utica roads is planned as Meliville Road in Rochester Hills will be aligned with West Utica Road with a new traffic signal installed at that location.

Because it lies on a county border, Dequindre Road is maintained by the MCDR between 8 Mile to 14 Mile roads and 26 Mile and Bordman roads. The RCOC manages Dequindre Road between 14 Mile to 26 Mile roads.

For more information, contact the RCOC at 877-858-4804 or visit
MDOT to host public meeting on 2017 M-59 reconstruction project
An open house-style public meeting to provide an overview of the M-59 reconstruction project. There will be exhibits displaying project location, types of work, and detours. Interested parties will have the opportunity to meet the design team and learn details about the project expected to begin in spring 2017.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) staff will be hosting the meeting at 4:00-6:30 PM on Monday, June 13, 2016 in the Sterling Heights City Hall located at 40555 Utica Road, Sterling Heights. 

For more information, please contact Diane Cross, MDOT Office of Communications at or visit for construction news and updates.
Memorial Day Ceremony
Join us for our 2016 Memorial Day Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at the Veterans Memorial located across from the main entrance to the municipal building at 52700 Van Dyke Ave. 

The ceremony will be dedicated to a U.S. Air Force veteran and resident for more than 40 years in the township. The ceremony will feature patriotic tunes from the Lakeside Assembly of God choir, a 21-gun salute, and remarks from local dignitaries. 

For more information about Shelby Township's Memorial Day Ceremony, please contact Phil Randazzo at (586) 739-4046.