Civic Center Drive upgrades are part of Southfield City Centre revitalization plan
Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
The road construction that has started near campus on Civic Center Drive between Evergreen Road and Northwestern Highway is part of the ambitious plan for the new Southfield City Centre district.
The project, led by the City of Southfield’s Engineering Division, includes the milling and asphalt resurfacing of Civic Center Drive, along with the installation of decorative concrete crosswalks and the upgrading or repair of pedestrian amenities along the corridor.
The Southfield City Centre is the roughly triangular area defined by Evergreen Road, I-696 and the Lodge Freeway (M-10). It also includes Lawrence Technological University and Southfield’s Municipal Complex. The City Centre area services 13,000 office workers and five universities and colleges.
“The reconstruction of Civic Center Drive and the crosswalk improvements are components in the Southfield City Centre Advisory Board’s (CCAB) overall vision for revitalizing the area,” said CCAB Chair Paula Goldman-Spinner, vice president and director of commercial properties at Schostak Brothers & Company. “We already have begun to install contemporary bus shelters, benches and bike racks that make the City Centre district more visually appealing and user-friendly for pedestrians, bicyclists and public transit users.”
Lawrence Tech’s new landscaped gateway plaza at the intersection of Civic Center Drive and the Northwestern Highway service drive on the north end of campus is part of the plan to increase pedestrian and bicycle traffic between the University and Southfield’s commercial district.
Civic Center Drive will have one lane open in each direction as work takes place through Aug. 24.
During the last week in August and first two weeks of September, alternating lanes will be open as the asphalt and crosswalk work takes place. Access to side streets and drives will be maintained throughout the construction.
The City of Southfield Engineering Division anticipates having the Civic Center Drive project wrapped up by mid-September, barring weather delays or other unforeseen circumstances.
For more information on the City Centre district, visit www.southfieldcitycentre.com.