Canton Road Improvement Program
The intent of the Canton Road Program is to provide flexibility year to year to match revenues from the millage to the prioritized projects. The 20-year strategic targets for investment of the revenues derived from the millage is:
Major County Roads--55%, Local County Subdivision Roads--30%, State Roads--15%
The funds collected as a result of the roads millage will be segregated, maintained and accounted for separately from all other Township revenues and expenditures. In order to determine the priority of improvements, Canton will use a non-biased assessment of the pavement condition called the PASER (PAvement Surface Evaluation Rating) system. Engineers performed this assessment in May, and will continue to do so every other year thereafter. In addition, Canton staff will use traffic volumes to help prioritize the projects on major roads so the roads with the most traffic get the first priority. Wayne County has also committed to providing 25% of construction costs on primary road improvements up to a maximum of $750,000 in 2019.
Primary Road Projects
The projects on the major primary and non-residential roads, owned by Wayne County, will be spread across the community. This is necessary in order to efficiently manage and perform the construction work. The projects on major roads will be managed to help avoid conflicts in construction work with the local residential road projects to minimize disruption to our residents, ensure public safety and reduce the impacts on school busing operations.
Canton will coordinate other planned construction project activities, such as watermain replacements, sanitary sewer repairs and sidewalk repairs with the work along the major roads to minimize disruption to the residents and efficiently complete all the work each year.
Any required improvements to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements will be incorporated into these projects as required by law. The program on major roads will also include the completion of any pedestrian sidewalk gaps or pathways along the major roads being improved.
Wayne County has formally committed to not reduce any future reconstruction projects, nor reduce any maintenance and repair activities currently being performed on the major County road network as a result of the investment by Canton in these supplemental projects.
View the major roads improvement estimate for 2019 (PDF)
Canton uses the Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating (PASER) system to objectively evaluate pavement conditions based on a windshield survey technique on a scale of 1-10 (10 is best). See Canton's PASER ratings here. More information can be found here.
The primary intent for the revenues derived from the millage allocated for State roads is to complete the Ford Road Boulevard Project. To date, $7.8 million has been invested in improvements following the completion of the 2013 study by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) recommending the boulevard option. The next phases include the design and construction of the boulevard project which is projected to reduce crashes along Ford Road by 35%; thereby, saving drivers about $4 million per year in crash-related vehicle damage.
The following list outlines the major tasks required to complete the Ford Road Boulevard Project together with MDOT.
1) Complete the next phase of the design of the Ford Road Boulevard Project which involves development of detailed plans to a thirty (30%) percent completion point (a.k.a. Right-of-Way Plans). This task will take less than one year.
2) Using the Right-of-Way Plans, the engineers, property appraisers and attorneys will negotiate the purchase of the private property required for the boulevard construction. This task will take 1-2 years.
3) Complete the final phase of design of the Ford Road Boulevard Project (a.k.a. Construction Plans) and obtain bids for the construction. This task will take less than one year.
4) Construct the Ford Road Boulevard from roughly the Southbound Off-Ramp at I-275 westerly to just west of Sheldon Road. There is a small portion of boulevard along Haggerty Road both north and south of Ford Road that is part of this project. This task will take 1-2 years, with the intent to keep access open to all the businesses along this busy commercial corridor.
MDOT has committed to including the remaining design and construction phases of the project in its Five-Year Transportation Plan now that the millage has passed.
Local County Subdivision Roads
The projects on the local County subdivision roads will be split up into a series of zones across the community. This is necessary in order to efficiently manage and perform the construction work. The zones will be used to help avoid conflicts in construction work between the local residential road projects and the major road projects to minimize disruption to our residents, ensure public safety and reduce the impacts on school busing operations.
Canton will coordinate other planned construction project activities, such as watermain replacements, sanitary sewer repairs and sidewalk repairs with the work in the neighborhoods to minimize disruption to the residents and efficiently complete all the work each year. Any required improvements to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements will be incorporated into these projects as required by law.
Wayne County has formally committed to partner with Canton on the local County subdivision road projects by providing 25% of construction costs up to $400,000 for local subdivision road improvements in 2019.
The initial program on local County subdivision roads in 2019 will involve a township-wide crack and joint sealing program coupled with some catch basin and manhole structure repairs. This will afford the Township staff and engineering consultants the necessary time to properly design the series of zones for the following 19-year program in the subdivisions.
Wayne County has committed to not reduce any maintenance and repair activities currently being performed on the local County road network as a result of the investment by Canton in these supplemental projects.
What about the potholes?
Funds generated from the road millage will not be going toward routine County or State maintenance activities (i.e. the filling of potholes, snowplowing, etc.). That work will continue to be done by Wayne County. The millage funds will be used for very specific capital projects, the tentative list of which for 2019 can be seen here.
Additionally, the millage increase will appear on December tax bills, which means funds will not be available until January at the earliest. Residents can expect some projects to begin in the spring of 2019.
Calculate Your Estimated Additional Cost
To determine your estimated additional cost of this Road Millage, multiply your home's taxable value by .00145.
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