FLINT TWP. — Spring thaw has highlighted some of the worst roads in the township in need of repair but not all can be done at once.
Now that the township road millage is firmly in place until 2025, approved by voters in November 2015, the township Road Advisory Committee has proposed a Road Improvement Plan for the next five years.
Four projects are proposed for the $392,845 in road millage funds to be spent this year. Paving and milling Graham Road from Beecher Road to Beveridge is one of the projects planned this year. It is estimated to cost $221,559 in road millage funds.
Also proposed this year are paving and milling on Calkins Road from Linden to Dye; paving and milling on Sugarbush Lane which loops around to Woodkrest Drive, and paving and milling Dye Crest Circle from Beecher Road to Court Street.
Projects also include 50-50 funds and Community Development Block Grant Funds.
Proposed paving and milling projects in 2017 include Court Street from Linden Road to the Flint City Limits; several sections of Mount Vernon Pass and Monticello from Linden to Lincor; Curtis Drive from Lennon to Miller Road and Louis Drive from Keith to Curtis; and Cora and Carter drives.
Many of the projects are bundled according to streets in the same area. For example, Ashlawn, Judd, Whispering Oaks and Knollridge all are part of a paving and milling project proposed for 2018.
In 2019, combined paving and millage projects will focus on Kinswood, Gerard, Old Colony and Forest Heights. and also on Brookgate and Southgate.
Utley Road from Beveridge to Lennon is also on the 2019 list as is Tandy Road from Beveridge to Lennon.
Township Supervisor Karyn Miller said the Road Improvement Plan serves as a guide for tackling needed road projects but is not set in stone. The Genesee County Road Commission requires a written Road Improvement Plan. All final estimates for work to be done will come before the township board for approval, Miller said.
Trustee Barb Vert commented that very few roads on the south end of the township are listed on the five-year plan. Those projects always seem to be put at the end of the list, she said.
Miller noted that several roads have been done in the Pickwick subdivision not long ago. Residents from other neighborhoods also are asking for road repairs including those near Maple and Linden, Hunter’s Ridge off Court Street and River Valley off Beecher Road.
“I understand that everyone wants their road done first but I want to mention that the township goes beyond (south of) Miller Road,” Vert said.
The township board unanimously approved the proposed Road Improvement Plan.