Public Works Projects Update
Thanks to the inability of Lansing lawmakers to come up with a voter-friendly state-wide roads’ proposal in early 2015, the City of Taylor stepped up and spent $2.4 million in street improvements across the community, mainly involving concrete “cuts” and laying new asphalt. Major concrete-cut projects were done on Racho Road; Superior Boulevard; Pardee Road; and LeRoy Street. Newcastle Street, bordering the North Central Little League baseball complex, was asphalted.
Much more roadwork is planned in 2016, with the focus turning to key secondary streets and bus routes (see the map below).
Roadwork wasn’t the only infrastructure program in full force during 2015. The City also restarted its previously dormant tree-planting program, using tens of thousands of dollars to plant trees in “public areas” around the community. Fifty-six new trees were planted around Northwest Pool and in Northwest Park; 22 went into the Taylor North Central Little League; 10 were planted in Taylor Northwest Little League; and four were planted in Taylor Northeast Little League. Seventy-six new trees were planted at Heritage Park.
Meanwhile, buildings and parking lots were the focus of improvements, ranging from the Northwest Park pool to Heritage Park, with more on the way next year.
In addition to the City’s work, the Michigan Department of Transportation is also rehabilitating the vast sound barriers at Telegraph Road and I-94. Those barriers should be finished sometime in early 2016. Wayne County renovated Allen Road, between North Line and Goddard in 2015. County renovations to Eureka Road, between Racho and Allen, have been moved up to 2016 in preparation for the huge Trader’s Point development, anchored by Menards.
- Pink lines indicate concrete or asphalt roadwork.
- Green trees indicate major tree installations.
- Pink wrenches indicate various infrastructure improvements.
2016 Projected Work
- Orange lines indicate secondary and bus routes that the DPW will be focusing on. (This does not mean that the entire roadway will be renovated.)
- Gray wrenches indicated projected infrastructure improvements; in this case, parking lots.