Frequently Asked Questions
A. The M-153 (Ford Road) Project is located west of Sheldon Road to west of Lotz Road, and 1200 feet north and south of the M-153 (Ford Road)/Haggerty intersection in Canton Twp, Wayne County.
A. Once completed, the new design changes to M-153 (Ford Road) will improve safety and traffic flow. Improvements include:
- Eastbound and westbound M-153 (Ford Road) traffic will be separated by a boulevard with at least two through lanes in each direction
- The center turn lane will be eliminated
- Several dedicated passenger vehicle/truck turnarounds will be added
- Left turns at intersections will be reduced and traffic light controls will be added
- Continuous ADA-certified sidewalks will be constructed on both sides of the road.
A. This project will benefit the community through:
- Improved safety and traffic flow along M-153 (Ford Road)
- Safer access to businesses
- Improved safety and traffic flow at intersections
- Sidewalks designed for personal mobility, safety and overall pedestrian safety.
A. Funding is being provided by the Federal Highway Administration, Michigan Department of Transportation and Wayne County. In addition, Canton Twp residents approved a road millage in 2018 to partially fund construction and maintenance on M-153 (Ford Road).
A. MDOT, Wayne County and Canton Twp did not make this decision alone. During an extensive environmental study in 2012 and 2013, representatives from the three organizations met with the business community and held four public information meetings with the community to gather input about the best ways to make M-153 (Ford Road) safer for motorists and pedestrians. There was a great deal of discussion and analysis of five different alternatives. The boulevard received the most favorable responses and was selected as the best alternative to improve safety.
A. Due to pavement cost exceeding $1.5 million, this project will receive a Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA). The LCCCA is mandated per state law. The LCCA is an evaluation of costs incurred over the life of a project allowing a comparative analysis between various pavement alternatives. LCCA considers total cost, including maintenance and operation expenditures. The LCCA will be used to determine the proposed pavement type (concrete or asphalt) and pavement thickness.
A. Crash data was analyzed for a three-year period from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2019 to identify high crash locations and crash patterns that are correctable. The analysis examined ten signalized intersections, four unsignalized intersections, thirteen roadway segments, and six ramps at the I-275/M-153 interchange. Approximately 1,000 crashes occurred in the study area and showed a history of higher than average crash rates and significant travel delays.
Improvements on Ford Road are being designed to address these issues. To review the complete report on crash data, click here.