Project to rebuild Evergreen between Northwestern and I-696 begins today in Southfield

DETROIT (WXYZ) - It’s been a bumpy ride on Evergreen Road in Southfield but a change for the better is coming.

The reconstruction of a one-mile stretch of the roadway began Monday as orange barrels were put in place and workers marked the location of utilities between 10 Mile and 11 Mile Road.

“We’ve heard the complaints,” said Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence. “We’ve worked hard, it’s been a process that we had to save and prepare for and I’m excited that this is the year.”

The road had become a mess of potholes and the harsh winter only made matters worse.  The $12 million dollar project will make use of local and federal dollars.

“Its really going to create a sense, that’s our job as elected officials, to be place makers, to make sure our community is revitalized and remains vibrant,” Lawrence said.

Project renderings of the work showcase a pair roundabouts while turning the section of Evergreen into a boulevard that will slow traffic and make it more conducive for gathering and pedestrian friendly.

“All of that is very deliberate planning so that people could say, 'I can ride my bike, I can push my stroller, I won’t feel cramped on the sidewalk’, said Lawrence. “It’s just getting people out and to know that this is a place that I want to be.”

Evergreen will remain open during construction with one lane of traffic in each direction. City officials expect the work to be complete by September of 2015.

The city of Southfield will provide construction updates on its website: www.cityofsouthfield.com

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