SOUTHFIELD — After much initial ground work to secure funding and develop plans, the $12 million Evergreen Road Improvement Project is slated to begin next week. The 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 Campus driveway.
The project will begin construction the week of June 22 and is expected to be completed by September of 2015. Evergreen Road will remain open to traffic during construction, maintaining one lane in each direction.
The 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 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 the 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.
A detailed overview of the project as well as construction updates can be found on the city’s website at cityofsouthfield.com under ‘Highlights’ and then click on ‘Construction Projects.’