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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 02/27/13
Bruce, Enbridge talk to
improve 36 Mile Road
by CHRIS GRAYBruce officials are seeking assistance in treating a beat-up road to maximize the use of limestone treatments.
Observer Staff Writer
Bruce Township is currently in negotiations with Enbridge to have 36 Mile Road treated so the township can concentrate on taking care of other roads with limestone.
Bruce Township Supervisor Richard Cory and Clerk Susan Brockmann recently spoke with representatives from Enbridge. As a result, Cory said they are in "open negotiations" to improve the conditions on 36 Mile Road.
"We asked for some relief when they're done with the pipeline, and they said they would take it into consideration," Cory said.
Enbridge is installing 210 miles of pipeline to transport crude oil and petroleum. Of that, Cory said about 3.5 miles will run alongside 36 Mile Road, meaning the road will be in poor shape once the project is completed.
Thanks to the Macomb County Department of Roads, the township can treat three miles of road with six inches of limestone at a minimum cost later this summer. Cory said when residents called in to request specific roads for the limestone treatment, the most calls came from 36 Mile Road.
However, other areas like Taft Road and Scotch Settlement have put in requests, while other township officials have recommended different roads to connect them with previously treated roads.
"Bruce has over 40 miles of gravel road, and we only get to limestone three miles a year," Cory said. "It's a very tough decision because everybody wants theirs done, and we only get three miles."
Part of the urgency for treatments comes from a $1.8 million project from the Michigan Department of Transportation that will reconstruct M-53 from 34 Mile Road to Bordman Road.
The project will call for detours during the summer, including one detour that will last a long weekend and could divert traffic to less-traveled roads.
Cory said talks with the Department of Roads have resulted in the department agreeing to take care of grating roads or treating them for dust. Anything beyond that requires the township to pay half the costs for maintenance.
The Enbridge pipeline will run from east to west and begin at Dequindre Road. It will run north of the Ford Proving Ground next to 36 Mile Road, then veer north for .5 miles past Hipp Road. From there it travels three miles north of Ebeling Road before veering north two miles south of Reid Road.