Plans underway for large portion of Shelby Township’s $20 million road program

Project needed as township welcomed more than 1,700 new jobs on Shelby Parkway

Traffic improvements are coming to Shelby Township.
Traffic improvements are coming to Shelby Township. (Shelby Township)

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Following the Jan. 21 Shelby Township Board of Trustees meeting, the MCDR, which owns, operates and maintains most public roads within the township, has a cost-share agreement with the township in place for intersection improvements for 23 Mile Road and Shelby Parkway, just east of the M-53 Expressway.

“There are a few people that deserve thanks for getting this done,” Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis said. “The first is Clerk Stan Grot for working with the state and getting $2 million to make this possible. I also want to thank Mr. Gordie Wilson with our township engineer AEW for pushing it as hard as possible.”

“And I can’t thank the county and Trustee Vince Viviano enough for getting this done,” Stathakis added. “Without Mr. Viviano, it doesn’t get done. Truly, this was a team effort.”

Under the agreement, Shelby Township will pay $100,000 to cover 50 percent of preliminary engineering costs, which are not covered by a Transportation Economic Development Fund grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation. The MCDR will cover the other 50% of preliminary engineering costs. The state grant money will total approximately $2 million, which will offset construction costs. The township and MCDR will also contribute to construction costs.

“We need to get this done, traffic is horrendous, and there’s $2 million sitting there,” Grot said. “This $2 million came through the efforts of one individual, and that is State Representative Shane Hernandez. After my phone call to him, I brought him to the intersection to look at the traffic and trucks going in and making the turns there. At that point, we convinced Mr. Hernandez, who was the appropriations budget chair at the time.”

Work on the intersection will begin after AECOM Engineering completes a traffic analysis study. The project became a pressing need in recent years as the township welcomed more than 1,700 new jobs on Shelby Parkway, filling more than 1.3 million square feet of new industrial and manufacturing space.

"AECOM has done a traffic study; that has been finished," Viviano said. "Now, we're doing some preliminary site work, and AECOM will do some modeling. They'll come back to us with some options and a recommendation. Once we have that, we can begin the design. All of that is happening right now, so we will get that done in 2020."

The project comes as one of the final vacancies on Shelby Parkway is nearly complete as SAPA Transmission Inc. will open a 110,000-square-foot North American headquarters this year. SAPA also maintains a 48,000-square-foot research and development facility off of Shelby Parkway. The two facilities will account for more than $40 million invested in the township and 223 new engineering, manufacturing and administrative jobs by the end of 2022.