Thursday, February 23, 2023

Inkster DPS planning multiple road and pipe repairs

The Inkster Department of Public Service will oversee several road and water line projects expected to begin this spring. 

Scheduled projects include road reconstruction in the northwest quadrant of the city. Officials said trees in the area have already been removed and trenchless sanitary  sewer work has been completed. The road reconstruction is among those scheduled for the spring months.  

Plans for replacement of the North River Park Drive water main and lead service pipe proposed for last year have been delayed due to due to supply chain interruptions for supplies and material. The replacement is also scheduled to begin this spring.

Section 17 water main and lead service replacement has also been delayed, and is also set for construction within the next few months, according to an official report.

The city will install 36 or more speed bumps at 15 road segments identified as problem areas by the police department. The installation will be funded by a grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation. That project is set to begin sometime this year, officials said.

Phase one and two of the city sanitary sewer rehabilitation is also under way. Phase one has been completed and restoration and manhole rehabilitation remaining is also a project set for the next few months.

The department replaces 67 lead water lines each year and the schedule includes the replacement of all the lead service lines in the city by 2034.

All the above projects are overseen by Special Project Manager for Department of Public Service May Roots, under the leadership of Mayor Patrick Wimberly and Jerome Bivins, director of Department of Public Service.

Currently, the Inkster Department of Public Service consists of three divisions: Central Services, Roads/ Parks, Grounds and Water and Sewer. The department oversees the maintenance of  6.2 square miles of roads within city  limits.

The department is also responsible for city snow plowing, grass cutting, flooded streets, road  repairs, trees, city buildings and the beautification of the city.