The Milford Township Board of Trustees at its Wednesday, June 15 meeting approved a bid of $527,450.78 from Commerce Construction & Landscaping to make improvements to the intersection of Milford and Dawson roads.
Township Supervisor Don Green said that the project should begin after July 4 and should be completed near the end of August, barring weather or any other unforeseen circumstances.
The engineer’s original estimated cost of the intersection improvements was $772,437.
“I was very happy that the bid came in under the estimate,” Green said.
The township board previously approved the allocation of 2011 Tri-party funds that will cover the costs of the project.
Tri-party funding is made up of equal annual contributions from the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC), the Oakland County general government and participating communities.
Green previously said that he expects the township to receive $26,806 from the RCOC and the county, and that the township will match that with $13,403 for a total of $40,209 in Tri-party funding for the year.
The county uses a formula to determine annual Tri-party allocations based on the miles of road in a participating community, and the number of accidents that occur on those roads on an annual basis and most communities can accumulate Tri-party funds over a number of years for use on larger projects.
The township has long proposed improvements at the Milford and Dawson intersection, which Green said includes storm drain improvements, a center lane for left turns and acceleration/deceleration lanes on the east and west sides of the intersection.