As we begin approaching some warmer weather, the Department of Public Works will be tackling many projects in 2021 that will improve the infrastructure and aesthetic of our great City. We will be making improvements to many of our parks this year and even creating a brand-new park: Kayak Point Park on the northeast corner of Opdyke and Auburn Roads. The Veterans Memorial will be moved from the corner of N. Squirrel and Auburn Roads to the nearby Aaron Webster Cemetery. The Clinton River Trail will see patching and sealing improvements to ensure a smoother ride and to extend the life of the existing trail.
Unfortunately, some of these improvements also come with dreaded road construction. This year, the DPW will be managing a major road construction project on Auburn Road and will be upgrading our water main from 12” to 16” to better support the City’s growth. Beginning next week, construction will begin on Auburn Road from Opdyke to Churchill Roads. Later this year, the water main on Auburn Road from Cherryland Street to Adams Road will also be replaced. Auburn Road from Churchill Road to Cherryland Street will not be under construction, as this portion of the water main was upgraded in 2018 and 2019. There will not be any complete shutdowns of Auburn Road related to these improvements, but traffic may be limited to one lane of traffic in each direction.
If you are interested in learning about all the major projects the DPW will be completing this year, visit our Current Projects section of our website. Each project includes a brief overview, the project status, anticipated timeline and point of contact. Like always, weather and other forces can impact the timelines for these projects so please be aware that these timelines are subject to change. Of course, the DPW will still be maintaining and managing the City’s other public infrastructure, so if you see a problem, give us a call.
If you would like to donate to the new Veteran’s Memorial, please reach out to Deputy Public Works Director Aaron Stahly at (248) 364-6933 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dean Lent, Department of Public Works