Public Works Projects Update

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Sewer cleaning moves into next phase through December

The City of Taylor's sewer cleaning and televising program has moved into its next portion of the community, which is in the area between Telegraph, Wick, Pardee and Goddard roads. United Resources is performing the work for the City, and should be in that area for the next five weeks.

Sewer construction on Northline Road

The City of Taylor has contracted with Bidigare Contractors, Inc. to construct a sanitary sewer along the south side of Northline Road from west of Pardee Road to Robert Street.  
Mobilization, traffic control and construction is scheduled to begin November 9, 2017.The project will last approximately three weeks. Working hours will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m, Mondays through Fridays. Bidigare will be installing the sanitary sewer by the directional boring method to reduce the amount of excavation.

The right lane of east bound Northline Road from Robert Street east to Pardee Road may be closed to traffic during the project to facilitate construction activities. Trash pick-up will continue on the regularly scheduled day.  Continue to place the trash receptacles at curbside.  

We apologize for any inconvenience this work may cause. The City and Bidigare will try to limit the inconvenience as best as possible.  Your cooperation in this matter will be greatly appreciated.  Should you have any questions please contact Greg Mayhew, City Engineer, at (734) 374-1473, or by email at

Cooper Street resurfacing

The City of Taylor has contracted with Al's Asphalt Paving to resurface Cooper Street, between Wick and Baker streets, beginning on Saturday, October 7. The existing surface will be milled and pulverized, a granular base will be constructed, graded and compacted, and the final road surface will be constructed with two layers of asphalt. This work will be done in stages.

During the renovation, residents may lose access to driveways and the front of their properties for short periods of time. The street will be closed to traffic during working hours, except for emergencies and residents. It will be open to traffic after working hours.

For your own convenience, please park vehicles in driveways when the work is being done.

Trash pickup will continue on the regularly scheduled day and containers should be placed at the edge of the street. On side streets, locate the containers away from parked vehicles, so that they can be picked up by the waste hauler.

We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have questions, contact City Engineer Greg Mayhew at (734) 374-1473 or

Traffic signals to be upgraded through November

The City of Taylor and the Tax Increment Financing Authority (TIFA) have announced the scheduled modernization of four traffic signals on Eureka Road. Funding for this effort is being provided through the TIFA as part of its ongoing initiatives to promote development throughout the district. 

Traffic signals at the four following locations will be replaced:

  • Eureka Road at Cornell Street
  • Eureka Road at South Pardee Road/Meijer Driveway
  • Eureka Road at North Pardee Road/South Plaza Driveway
  • Eureka Road at Burlington Square/Southland Mall Drive

Work within these areas is scheduled to begin early October and is anticipated to be completed by the end of November. The contract has been awarded to J. Ranck Electric, Inc. Please note intermittent lane closures along Eureka will be required to facilitate the construction effort. Patience throughout the construction process is appreciated. 

Any questions you may have can be directed to engineering consultant Wade Trim Associates at (734) 947-9700. During construction, request any call to be forwarded to the Wade Trim Construction Department regarding the Eureka Road Traffic Signal Modernization Project.

Fall 2017 street sweeping schedule

The City's street sweeping schedule has been extended through November, and will continue as long as possible into December, depending on the weather.  

Residents should note that City-provided street sweeping DOES NOT include leaf pickup. DO NOT sweep your leaves into the street. Leaves should be put into compost bags for pickup by GFL Environmental on a weekly basis.

In addition, the City encourages residents whose property includes or borders on drains to do their best to maintain those areas. Keeping drains clear and open can prevent needless street flooding and inconvenience.

City conducting sewer cleaning, inspection throughout community

The City of Taylor recently obtained a grant through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to conduct a sewer cleaning and television inspection program for sanitary sewers in the City of Taylor. The purpose of the program is to assess the existing condition of the sanitary sewers in an effort to develop a capital improvement program for future rehabilitation and replacement. The work will begin in an area off Goddard near Pardee and continue through others areas of the City.

The first step of the project is the cleaning of the sanitary sewers with a high-pressure water jet, cleaning the sewer from manhole to manhole, and removing the debris with a vactor truck.    

During the work of cleaning the sewers some residents may experience an odor coming from floor drains and/or toilets.  To reduce the chance of odor, residents can add water to all floor drains.  It is recommended, while work is being performed on their block, that residents keep toilet lids closed and place a towel between the toilet and seat to deal with possible pressure backup within the sanitary sewer system.  The cleaning may cause gurgling or splashing, as the high pressure jets clean the sewer main.

This work will involve access to sanitary sewer manholes, some of which are located on private property, typically along rear lot lines. The City is requesting that residents provide Hennessey Engineers and United Resource reasonable access to these manholes.
United Resources has been authorized to use specific City fire hydrants for the water necessary for the cleaning process.  As of result of using hydrants in areas with old water mains, natural mineral buildup may be disturbed, resulting in the water having a slight "rust color" for an hour or two.  This does not in any way contaminate the water.  Allowing your water to settle for one or two hours with minimal use and then running the COLD WATER ONLY for one or two minutes will clear any discoloration.  During this period, DO NOT LAUNDRY.

After cleaning the lines, the sewers are televised to evaluate their condition. Working hours will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.