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St. Clair wins $864K grant to resurface Carney Dr. from Range Rd. to Fred Moore Hwy.

Photo curtesy of Jim Bloch Looking north along Carney Drive from its intersection with Fred W. Moore Hwy.

By Jim Bloch

The city of St. Clair has won an $864,218 Transportation Economic Development Fund grant from the state of Michigan to resurface Carney Drive from its intersection with Range Road south to Fred W. Moore Highway.

“This resolution authorizes me to sign the contract and also serves as your acceptance of grant,” said City Superintendent Warren Rothe, as heard on the CTV-Channel Six recording of the regular meeting of the St. Clair City Council held Oct. 4.

The city council passed the resolution unanimously.

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Technically, the TED grant is for 80 percent of the low bid amount for the work up to $864,218. If the final quote for the project is less than $1,080,273, the grant award will decrease proportionally.

The city will provide a 20 percent match, likely around $216,055.

In addition, the city will be responsible for the design of project and construction engineering. The company that wins the bid must provide the insurance required by the state.

The project, scheduled for 2022, involves milling the existing asphalt surface of Carney Drive and resurfacing it, as well as doing “base and joint repairs, aggregate shoulder widening and intersection improvements at Clinton Avenue and Vine Street, all together with necessary related work located within the corporate limits of the city,” according to the resolution.

About 1.4 miles of roadway will be resurfaced.

Council member Bill Klieman asked what specifically would be happening at Carney’s intersections with Clinton and Vine.

“I believe both intersections are concrete,” said Rothe. “They will be redone in concrete. All the sidewalk ramps will be made ADA-compliant.”

The ADA is the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Clinton intersection is concrete and it is deteriorating. The Vine Street intersection appears to be asphalt.

“The Fred Moore Highway project that we’re doing next year will take care of the Carney/Fred Moore intersection so we’re going to hit all three of the intersections,” said Rothe.

Fred Moore Highway is slated to be improved from Carney Drive to Henry Street with a federal grant of $350,000.

“That’s about all I can speak of on the scope and design at this time given my current knowledge,” said Rothe.

Jim Bloch is a freelance writer based in St. Clair, Michigan. Contact him at bloch.jim@gmail.com. 

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