The Pardee Road repaving project, between Superior and Goddard, is scheduled to begin Monday, April 12. This is part of a bigger project that will eventually include Goddard Road, between Pardee and Allen roads. Pardee and Goddard are two of the most heavily traveled roads in the City, a preferred travel path for many residents. The Goddard Road portion of the project will begin in a few weeks
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The planning process started in December 2020, when City Council authorized $24M worth of Michigan Transportation Fund Bonds to support the projects, which included repaving Pardee from Superior on the south to Beverly on the north; and repaving Goddard from Inkster to Beech Daly and from Pardee to Allen. These projects will likely take two summers to complete, and would mark the total renovation of both roads through Taylor. Last summer, the City used a concrete panel program (funded through the Tax Increment Finance Authority) to redo Pardee between Eureka and Superior. Over the last three summers, it has also repaved Goddard from Beech to Pardee, during two separate projects.
Mayor Rick Sollars presented the plan to City Council in November 2020, joined by Alan Cruz, project manager for Hennessey Engineers; Mike Gormley of Northland Securities, the firm that would underwrite the bond sale; and Patrick McGow of Miller Canfield. The presentation focused on the deterioration of both roads, whose life span is down to about three years. Previously issued bonds that supported the last renovation of those roads 15 years ago have been paid off, and the idea of issuing new Michigan Transportation Bonds combined with current interest rates make this project appealing, the mayor said.
Michigan’s gas tax revenues, commonly known as Act 51 funding, would support the project. However, council was skeptical to the plan, given its high projected price, which would dedicate a large portion of total future road funds to just these two roads. However, after bidding the projects out, the total costs dropped by nearly $9M, due to current economic conditions. When the Ajax Paving bid was presented at a much lower cost, council members were much more enthusiastic about the proposal.
Hennessey Engineer’s Cruz described the planned repaving: Contractors would leave – instead of removing – the base 9 inches of concrete, which upon core sampling proved very solid. Instead of removing it, they plan to crack seal and joint replace that base, then cap it with several thick asphalt coats. When all of the applications of hot mix asphalt are completed, essentially 5 ½ inches of asphalt will sit over 9 inches of concrete. The specific mix that would be used, unlike the previous repaving done 15 years ago, is the best recommended mix for highways in Michigan.
In addition to repaving the roads, the renovations would include three modernized traffic mast arms, all on Pardee Road (at Superior, Heritage Park and Kinyon). The new signals at Superior and at Heritage Park will be installed this spring; the installation at Kinyon will be installed in 2022.
No property tax funding or tax increase would be required in this plan. The bonds would be funded through Act 51. An underlying benefit would be that Michigan Transportation Bonds of this type are issued through the MDOT highway credit rating, which is listed at “AA,” providing additional savings to the City.
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