No roundabout, no federal money.
That’s how Mayor Brian Marl understands the federal government’s $473,000 contribution to the improvement of the Woodland Drive-Textile Road intersection. And without that money - the city’s expense associated with improving the intersection - whether it’s a roundabout, traffic signal or three-way stop sign - will rise.
So, despite some apprehension, Saline City Council voted 7-0 to increase its contribution to the Washtenaw County Road Commission project from $58,000 to $101,000.
The county asked the city to pay more because the $780,000 low bid for the project was 24 percent more than the $627,000 estimate.
The project will be completed in the summer of 2020.
“The federal grant is very specific to the roundabout. No roundabout, no grant,” Mayor Marl told council.
Department of Public Works Director Jeff Fordice agreed with Marl’s assessment. He estimated the project is providing the city with $188,000 in value it wouldn’t otherwise receive. Answering a question from Councillor Linda TerHaar, Fordice said said the city’s share of the costs would be about the same whether the county chose a roundabout or different approach for the intersection.
Fordice said the improvements done to the storm sewers, drainage and curbs make this a good deal for the city.
Within the city limits, the project will improve Woodland Drive from the intersection to the north entrance of the Rec Center. The city is also planning to use road millage funds to improve Woodland Drive from the end of the project to the second curve in the road near Davco.