Roosevelt Road Reconstruction & Groundwater Collection System
City of Roosevelt Park
“It’s more than just a road. We took this opportunity to also install new water main and some underdrains to lower the water table and to keep groundwater out of the wastewater sewer.”
–David Geyer, Public Works Director for City of Roosevelt Park
For over twenty years, the City of Roosevelt Park had been looking for ways to improve its streets and manage its high water table. Its streets were deteriorating at a faster rate than normal because surface drainage was slow.
Prein&Newhof conducted a 2013 study to help the City of Roosevelt Park reduce street flooding, lessen inflow and infiltration to its wastewater collection system, and improve its streets. P&N developed a master plan for stormwater collection and storm sewers to lower groundwater in flood-prone areas. The plan cuts the amount of stormwater and groundwater entering sanitary sewers. These improvements lower the city’s wastewater treatment costs by up to $200,000 a year.
Roosevelt Road was one of the first targets of the plan. “It’s more than just a road,” Roosevelt Park’s Public Works Director David Geyer explained about the $4 million project. “We took this opportunity to also install new water main and some underdrains to lower the water table and keep groundwater out of the wastewater sewer,” Geyer said.
The project rebuilt one mile of Roosevelt Road between Norton and Broadway Avenues and 0.2 miles of Greenwich Road between Roosevelt Road and Glenside Avenue.
Besides local funds, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) contributed $350,000 for Roosevelt Road and another $96,000 to improve safety around Campbell School with better parking and traffic flow on Greenwich Road. This project will serve as a model for future street projects in the city.
- Project of the Year for Environmental, 2017 American Public Works Association, Michigan Chapter
Barbara Marczak, PE, Project Manager
- (616) 364-8491