Thursday, October 28, 2021

At long last

Reopening of intersection is celebrated

Helping celebrate the long-sought reconstructionof the
Northline and Hannan Road intersection are, from left,
Romulus Director of Public Works Roberto Scappaticci,
Romulus Councilwoman Tina Talley, Romulus Director of
 Public Services and Economic Development Robert McCraight,
Romulus Mayor LeRoy Burcroff and Van Buren Township
Supervisor Kevin McNamara. 
Following seven years of negotiation, and six months of construction, the intersection at Northline and Hannan roads in Romulus was officially opened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week.

Construction for the project launched April 15 after nearly seven years of effort by Mayor LeRoy Burcroff who made the intersection a priority when he took office in 2014. After hearing residents cite the high accident rate at the location while he served on the city council prior to becoming mayor,  Burcroff made the issue a priority. He organized multiple and frequent meetings with Wayne County officials to call attention to the hazardous road conditions at the intersection which had been an area of concern for Romulus residents for decades.

“We're pleased to announce yet another critical infrastructure improvement in the City of Romulus, one that we are confident will help reduce accidents at a historically dangerous and well-trafficked intersection,” Burcroff said. “Residents voiced their concerns, and in partnership with Wayne County, we were able to create a comprehensive plan to resolve a long-standing issue in our community.”

Over the course of the last seven years, Burcroff and Wayne County officials have had frequent conversations about the need to repair the interchange, and county officials even participated in a city-wide ride along with the mayor, exploring areas in need of improvement that are shared by both jurisdictions. Recognizing the need to make safety repairs, Wayne County and Romulus officials developed a plan to turn the boulevard intersection into a necked-down standard intersection with a traffic light. 

Romulus has also completed several road and sidewalk projects in recent years, Burcroff noted, and most recently unveiled the Huron River Drive Pathway, a 10-foot-wide shared pathway running from the I-275 Metro Trail into downtown Romulus. The pathway was constructed in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and supported through a $297,600 federal grant. Recognizing the need for a safer path for bikers and pedestrians, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) also provided $100,000 toward the project.

“It's important that our residents have access to a safe route to downtown businesses and residential districts,” said Director of the Romulus Department of Public Works Roberto Scappaticci. “It's also important that our residents feel heard. If they come to the city with an infrastructural need, we do our best to address the issue at hand.”

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