How long will this project take?
Approximately 2 years.
How long will Van Horn Rd be completely closed to traffic during construction?
Approximately 8 months.
Has the City of Woodhaven attempted to secure funding elsewhere before coming to the voters?
Yes. The City of Woodhaven has applied for Four (4)
T.I.G.E.R. and Two (2) F.A.S.T. L.A.N.E. Grants from the federal government. We have also asked for funds from the State of Michigan as well as Wayne County to help assist in completing the project. We have worked with the railroad and secured $500,000 in funding. We currently have a grant in the amount of $9.8 million earmarked for this project that will expire in Fall 2019 if the funds are not applied.
Has the city reached out to the local communities to assist in the funding of the overpass?
Yes. It is not a viable option, but it is certainly one that has been explored Multiple times.
Will all property owners in the City of Woodhaven pay the millage increase?
Yes. Residents, commercial and industrial property owners will pay the millage increase.
How much will the millage increase cost me?
The average household in Woodhaven will see an increase of $94.00 annually, roughly $.26 cents per day. To calculate the amount you would pay, compute the following: Taxable Value divided by 1,000 then multiply by 1.43. For example, if the Taxable Value of your home was $65,000 you would owe $92.95. $65,000 ÷ 1,000 x 1.43 =$92.95
When would this project start?
Spring of 2020
If approved when will the first increase take effect? Will the increase be placed on the summer or winter tax bill?
The first increase would appear in Summer 2020. The City Charter requires that the increase is placed on the Summer Tax Bill.
What guarantee do I have that these funds will be used for the railroad overpass on Van Horn Rd?
By Federal and State laws, the millage funds must be dedicated and utilized specifically to the scope of the project, as defined in the ballot question. Furthermore, the funds are also required under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to be recorded in a separate construction fund. The City’s Auditors, as part of the City’s annual audit, will verify and report on the use of these funds.
Why was Van Horn Rd chosen for the overpass?
We looked at placing a grade separation on Allen Rd. It was determined that an overpass would not be an option due to having businesses located where the overpass would be built. The cost to buy out these businesses would be cost prohibited. We then looked at an underpass at Allen Rd. Due to a large amount of underground utilities, including a water main that supplies seven communities south of Woodhaven, the cost would be approximately 35 million dollars.
Why is a roundabout part of the project?
The roundabout is a traffic calming device that will slow traffic to an acceptable speed as it approaches the overpass. The roundabout also allows for a constant flow of traffic unlike signals that stop traffic creating congestion. The Federal Highway Administration study found that roundabouts reduced the type of crashes where people were seriously injured by 78%.