PROJECT SCOPE/PHASING

Scope

The original, anticipated project scope is 8.1 miles.  The northern border of the project currently begins at Pontiac Trail in the City of Wixom while the southern ending point of the project is Six Mile Road in Northville Township, as seen in the map to the right. 
Improvements range from expansions to 5 lanes in Wixom and northern Novi, and 3 lanes in the southern portions of the project. 
The current project scope runs from the northern border of Pontiac Trail in Wixom through the southern border of 8 Mile in Novi and Northville.  Recently, Commerce Township has joined the communities evaluating participation in the project for the section of Beck shared with Wixom, north of Pontiac Trail.
 
The scope by community for the 8.1 mile project scope is detailed in the following table:
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Concept Plans
The Project includes widening of Beck Road from the current two or three-lane configuration to either five lanes or four lanes with an included boulevard in some sections of the project. See links below for conceptual drawings of each portion of the project, including different layout options: 
 

It also proposes a rail grade separation (overpass) for the CSX-owned and Lake State Railway-operated tracks in Wixom to maximize the benefits of the project including safety AND emergency access to healthcare facilities, improvements to traffic flow and enhancements to quality of life. This addition would be subject to funding and public support. 

The project also plans for Intelligent Transportation System components along Beck and expansions, enhancements and new connections for non-motorized pathways along the corridor.
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Phases/Flexibility

The full project can be completed at one time or in phases.  The phasing is flexible as it can be modified depending on the funding outcomes achieved in association with the project.
 
Given knowledge of potentially available funding sources, the following phasing could be implemented. 
Phase 1
Currently, Phase 1 has two components:
  • The first of two Wixom sections of the five-lane widening project runs from West Road to 12 Mile Road and is estimated to cost approximately $13 million
  • The widening of Beck Road from three to five lanes in Novi between Grand River and 11 Mile Road.  The current cost estimate for this roadway section is approximately $8 million.

Phase 2
This Phase of the project would finish widening the entire length of Beck Road in both the City of Wixom and the City of Novi and could possibly include the grade separation/rail overpass in Wixom.  ​
  • The second Wixom section of the five-lane widening project runs from Pontiac Trail to West Road and is estimated to cost approximately $15 million. 
  • The Novi section from 11 Mile Road to 8 Mile Road, including a section that is shared with the City of Northville.  The projected cost of that portion of the project is approximately $38 million.
  • The grade separation/rail overpass at the crossing north of West Road and south of Pontiac Trail in Wixom.  The rail line is owned by CSX and operated by Lake State Railway Company. The overpass would eliminate the negative traffic impacts of train crossings through construction of a vehicular rail overpass for Beck Road traffic.  Total cost for this overpass is estimated at approximately $32 million.
  • Phase 3
The final phase of the project would address the widening of Beck Road mileage in Northville Township, and there is consideration for an additional section on northern Beck road in Wixom/Commerce. 
  • The Northville Township portion could include a two-mile section of the project running from Eight Mile Road to Six Mile Road.  The total estimated cost for this portion is approximately $25 million. Presentations were made at public meetings in both Northville and Northville Township.  The last public meeting was held November 8, 2021 in the Township and community feedback focused on consideration of the addition of a turn lane, i.e. a three-lane configuration.
  • This phase could also include the mileage north of Pontiac Trail shared by Wixom and Commerce Township.
Funding Pursuit

The communities of Novi and Wixom are actively pursuing funding through a variety of sources.  Funding requests have been made to the discretionary federal grant program currently known as Restoring American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) as well as through congressional directed spending processes in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. The project is also reflected in regional planning processes coordinated through the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.
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