Detroit will spend $60 million to fix nearly 80 miles of major roads and neighborhood streets this year, including a revamp of 3.5 miles of East Jefferson Avenue, officials said today.
Road crews kicked off the construction season and will work through November on dozens of stretches of local streets and major thoroughfares, said Ron Brundidge, the city’s Department of Public Works director. Brundidge said funding available this year is up $19 million from 2015, and the city will repair 25 more miles than it did last year.
“Obviously traffic is going to be impacted while the roadwork is going on,” Brundidge said at a news conference this morning along a stretch of West Chicago, west of Greenfield, where crews were removing deteriorated pavement and topping the road with new layers of asphalt.
“We just ask our residents to be patient while we’re working and give the crews ample room to do the work,” Brundidge said. “Streets will remain open while all construction is occurring. We’re not going to close off any streets, but it may result in a reduction of the lanes available."