Sunday, January 22, 2006

Construction Comes to Warrendale

Road crews have arrived at the Southfield Freeway overpass at W. Warren Avenue in Warrendale.

I visited the site on a Friday evening (too dark to take pictures) and again on a Sunday morning. I didn't get a chance to talk with any of the workers on Friday so I don't know how long this project will take.

The good news is that they only have the right-turn lanes blocked off as well as the sidewalk on one side the overpass. This means, for however long they're here, traffic on W. Warren Avenue shouldn't be interupted too badly.


ericdetfan said...

I wonder if they are going to Fix the paul bridge going over southfield..

Anonymous said...

Both bridges are in the regional transportation improvement plan for replacement. Paul will start once Warren is over. I would agree that while Paul is in much worse shape, Warren Avenue carries much more traffic. I do not know what the undersides of these bridges, though I know that part of the Paul bridge is missing already. I don't think Warrendale's traffic patterns permit both to be closed at once. I would assume that they will only close half the Warren Bridge at a time. Maybe that will have some nice spinoffs in that the cracked out beggers who hang there will have to find other corners (but then again, they may find my corner!).

ericdetfan said...

Thats good to hear that they are both in the plans..I think that some decorative lamp posts would look really nice on a welcome to warrendale type of thing..

lol@ the dope feinds...thats one of my sore spots when I go down there is seeing those characters sitting on their milk crates holding their signs..

Anonymous said...

what is it, "will work for food." or selling flowers


canoecarver said...

So, I just pulled up from work, and while sitting in front of my house, gathering together all of my shit from today and last night, three black youths pull up next to me in a foreign mid-sized blue car and ask me if I was the one who called about the "bag." Needless to say, there was a freezer bag full of smaller baggies chuck full of pot. I told them I was a cop, and they needed to move along while they still could. They practically turned a few shades lighter and sped away. I called 911 immediately, and I was told the police would do a drive through. I guess my point of posting this here is that we need to not be complacent about the drug situation in Warrendale. It is NOT acceptable. And every citizen needs to call the police - 911 - every time there is drug trafficing in front of your house, or your neighbors'. We need to get aggressive, people. We need to throw eggs and sour milk at all the prostitutes until they get the idea that this is not acceptable in our neighborhood. Warrendale has not fallen down yet, but it's taken some punches. Do your share - a little goes a long way.

Anonymous said...

Contact: Rob Morosi, MDOT Office of Communications, 248-483-5127
Agency: Transportation

M-39 bridge repair kicks off following Super Bowl XL
Jan 26, 2006

January 26, 2006 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) today announced that contracting crews will begin an overpass repair project along M-39 (Southfield Freeway) in Wayne County. The project will extensively repair or fully replace four structures at a cost of $9 million.

Work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Feb. 8, when crews will close Rotunda Drive in Dearborn and Warren Avenue in Detroit where they cross over M-39. Detours will be in place for both routes, utilizing the Southfield Freeway service drives and local roads.

Weather permitting, both directions of M-39 will be closed to through traffic during the second weekend of February. The closure is necessary for bridge demolition.

Scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, northbound and southbound M-39 will be closed between I-94 in Allen Park and I-96 in Detroit. Northbound drivers will be detoured east on I-94, to westbound I-96, back to northbound M-39. Southbound motorists will be directed to eastbound I-96, to westbound I-94, back to southbound M-39. The total closure will be removed by 5 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 13.

Upon opening the freeway, crews will limit northbound and southbound M-39 traffic to two lanes between Rotunda Drive and Warren Avenue. The lane closures will be implemented to facilitate bridge pier construction. The lane reductions on the M-39 freeway are expected to last several months.

The bridge repair on Rotunda Drive is expected to be completed in late June. Warren Avenue is expected to open to traffic shortly afterward. The other two bridges in the contract are Paul Avenue and Tireman Road in Detroit, which cannot be closed until the repairs at Warren Avenue are complete.

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