M-53 work begins in Sterling Heights between 15 Mile and 18 Mile Roads

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI – The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is investing $34 million to improve nearly 3 miles of M?53 (Van Dyke Avenue) between 15 Mile Road and 18 Mile Road in Sterling Heights.Road Construction

Improvements include reconstructing the road, curb, and median left turns; removing and replacing drainage; traffic signal upgrades; sidewalk and ramp improvements to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); landscape improvements; and street lighting replacement.

This project is expected to improve drainage and stability, make traffic flow better, and extend the life of the roadway by 20 years.

TRAFFIC IMPACT:

Work on the project will occur day and night in stages with lanes shifted to limit the impact on traffic. Access will be maintained, but limited, to all businesses and residents throughout the project. Pedestrian access will be maintained as well.

Beginning Sunday, Feb. 8, construction barrels and barricades will be moved into place on M-53 (Van Dyke Avenue) between 15 Mile Road and 18 Mile Road to begin work in the median. Initially, the left lane will be blocked in each direction, weather permitting.

START DATE: Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015

ESTIMATED END DATE: Mid-November 2015

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