Rehab of Capac Road slated to begin in August

ST. CLAIR COUNTY — The next phase of Capac Road reconstruction is due to take place this summer. Contractors are due to completely rehab the busy north-south thoroughfare from a point south of the Belle River bridge to Hough Road, a three-mile stretch in Berlin Twp., starting sometime in August, according to St. Clair County Road Commission Managing Director Kirk Weston.

It’s the fourth phase in the county’s plan to improve Capac Rd. since 2013. The bridge over the Belle River was replaced nearly six years ago and since then the road, between that bridge and the southern village limits, has been repaired or resurfaced in some way.

“Right now we’re in the design phase and the project will go out to bid in late June,” Weston said.

As with the other phases, this reconstruction project will include ditching, the installation of new cross road culverts, the installation of new road base and paving.

This year’s work will span from Hunt Road south to Hough Road.










obstructions within the road right-of-way, such as trees, will be removed as part of the preparation,” Weston said.

Currently, the project is estimated to cost $2.8 million with the majority ($2.1 million) coming from state and federal sources. The road commission plans to pick up approximately $725,000 of the cost and use county road millage funds for the remaining $540,000.

The work is slated to begin in August and be complete sometime in November 2019.

Once that phase is complete, just one small stretch of Capac Road will still need to rehabbed– the one mile from Hough Road to Bordman Road/the Macomb County line. Weston said they don’t know definitely when that work will happen but sometime in the next couple of years.

The road commission also has plans to resurface two other roads in Berlin Township. Almont Road from Mackie to Capac roads is due to be rehabbed starting in June. The county will cover the entire cost of that project—$342,000—that’s due to wrap up in August. Additionally, they plan to resurface Berville Road between Belle River and Hough roads in a July-Sept. project that will cost approximately $493,000. The county will foot that bill in its entirety too.

Weston said the county also plans to do the next phase in an ongoing old M-21 resurfacing project. In 2019, the work will span from Miller Road at the Mussey/Emmett Twp. line and extend east to the Wadhams area. Weston said the project will entail chip seal work to preserve the surface and prevent water from entering existing cracks. That work is due to begin in June and extend into September. Two years ago, the county started that particular project at Cade Road and has been working their way east in phases each year. The road commission will utilize several funding sources for the $427,000 project.

Three culvert projects—one in each of the three townships—are also on the 2019 road calendar and road commission crews will do the work them