Construction began Monday, July 16 on the stretch of Civic Center Drive between Evergreen Road and Northwestern Highway in Southfield’s City Centre district. The project, led by the City of Southfield’s Engineering Division, includes the milling and asphalt resurfacing of Civic Center Drive, along with the installation of decorative concrete crosswalks and the upgrading or repair of pedestrian amenities along the corridor.
“The reconstruction of Civic Center Drive and the crosswalk improvements are components in the Southfield City Centre Advisory Board’s (CCAB) overall vision for revitalizing the area,” said CCAB Chair Paula Goldman-Spinner, Vice President and Director of Commercial Properties at Schostak Brothers & Company. “We already have begun to install contemporary bus shelters, benches and bike racks that make the City Centre district more visually appealing and user-friendly for pedestrians, bicyclists and public transit users.”
During the first phase of the Civic Center Drive construction project (through August 8th), the center of the roadway will have one lane open in each direction as work takes place on the outer lanes. The construction will switch to the two center lanes from August 8 through 24, leaving the outer two lanes open in each direction. During the last week in August and first two weeks of September, alternating lanes will be open as the asphalt and crosswalk work takes place. Access to side streets and drives will be maintained throughout the construction.
“We realize the project will present some inconveniences, but the improvements to the community and City Centre district will last for many years to come,” said Leigh Schultz, P.E., Southfield’s Assistant City Engineer. “We appreciate the assistance and patience of everyone who will be impacted by the construction over the next couple of months.”
The City of Southfield Engineering Division anticipates having the Civic Center Drive project wrapped up in the fall, barring any weather delays or other unforeseen circumstances.