I cannot believe it’s been four years since I started working on the roads with the City of Novi! Being BRAD (Better Roads Ahead Dude) comes with a lot of responsibility, but I have loved every minute of it. I have met a lot of great people and we have been able to accomplish a lot of work in a fiscally responsible manner.
Speaking of money, the City has invested about $25 million in the Neighborhood Road Program alone from 2014-2020, and at the end of 2023, that total investment will rise to almost $40 million. As a result, we have also seen our Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating (PASER) increase from 5.4 to 5.8. We are still not yet where we want to be, but we are making strides every year.
For a little background, the City’s road network is 187 centerline miles of local and major roads. Local roads comprise 80% of Novi’s total road network, approximately 155 centerline miles. There is a mix of jurisdictions between the City, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC). Our even-numbered Mile Roads and east-west roads are the responsibility of RCOC, while M-5 and I-96/I-696/I-275 are MDOT.
One of the questions I get most from residents is “why aren’t you fixing my road?” Trust me, it’s not personal and we would love to fix every road if we had the money to do so. Road projects are prioritized in a consistently changing landscape of revenue/budget/funding sources, development and constructability, and any other capital improvements that align with road construction.
There is no singular design prescription for road construction and each project is unique in community context. In general, the City has about $11 million of funds dedicated to roads each year. Of that number, $2-3 million is spent on maintenance, with the remaining $7-9 million used for road improvements and non-motorized pathway projects.
Needless to say, that isn’t a lot of money considering construction costs have increased by about 30% per square yard of material since 2012. A lane mile of asphalt rehab work runs roughly $300,000-$500,000, while asphalt reconstruction is $800,000-$1.25 million. Concrete is a little pricier, averaging $350,000-$500,000 for rehab work and $1 million-$1.5 million for reconstruction.
Now that we have all that out of the way, let’s get to the fun stuff (OK, well fun for me because I love talking road construction projects). I would like to note the projects listed are considered “preliminary” projects and may change based on funding or other factors.
If you have any questions about these projects, or just road construction around Novi in general, give my Community Relations teammates a call at 248.735.5628 or email email@example.com.
You can keep tabs on all the road construction underway by visiting cityofnovi.org/BetterRoadsAhead.
Here’s to Better Roads Ahead, Novi!
City of Novi Projects
RCOC Projects Impacting Novi
- Concrete: South Lake Drive, Norwich Drive, Sterling Drive, Park Ridge Road
- Asphalt: Duchess Court, Greening Drive, Harvest Drive, High Meadow Drive, Jonathan Drive, Russet Lane, Winthrop Drive & Court, Hickory Grove Lane & Court.
- Cranbrooke Drive Reconstruction (from 9 Mile to Village Wood Roads)
- Asphalt Preventative Maintenance Program
- Potential Street Additions: Jason Court, Burton Court, Cider Mille Drive (150-feet of inbound lane from Beck Road), Catherine Industrial Drive, Myrtle Court, Twain Place and Cummings Lane
- Bond Street Construction (SW Ring Road) – Phase 2 (Flint Street to Grand River Avenue)
MDOT Projects Impacting Novi
- Novi Road and Grand River Avenue intersection Concrete Panel Replacement
- 2021 Traffic Signal/Intersection Improvements (13 Mile/Haggerty & 8 Mile/Haggerty)
- Currie Road Reconstruction (from 8 to 10 Mile Roads). Construction slated for two phases, with first phase from 9 to 10 Mile Roads starting this year.
- 14 Mile Road Preservation Overlay Program (from East Lake Drive to Haggerty Road).
- I-96 Flex Route (from Kent Lake Road to the I-275/I-696/M-5 Interchange). Construction slated to begin this fall, starting at Kent Lake Road.
- I-275 Rehabilitation & Reconstruction (from 6 Mile to Will Carlton Road). Construction slated to take place in six phases over next three years, starting this spring.