6 Mile and Beck Road Update

By | December 15, 2018

The Northville Township Police Department is aware of the concerns from residents about the Beck Road corridor. The Police Department has been following a traffic initiative, increasing patrols in that area. 80 of the nearly 140 traffic related directed patrols in the last month were on 6 Mile alone. 13 of the 47 total crashes in the Township in the last 30 days also occurred along Six Mile. It will also be helpful if we remind all drivers in the area to be cautious and distracted-free when driving, especially in the area of Six Mile and Beck.

We appreciate you letting the Township Police Department know  of your concerns and also exhibiting caution when driving in that area. Please call 248.348.5800 or visit twp.northville.mi.us for more information.

History: The developers of the former prison site at 5 Mile and Beck were required to complete an environmental impact study for their project. That included a traffic impact study completed in July 2017. Their traffic study documented that traffic problems already existed at 5 Mile/Beck, 5 Mile/Sheldon, and 6 Mile/Beck. The new development will exacerbate these problems. Because problems already exist, Wayne County is responsible for making improvements. Progress: A source of funding is available to the county to support improvements at these locations. It’s a fund called CMAQ, Congestion Mitigation Air Quality. The funding comes from the State and is administered by SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. It funds projects at 100% of their cost. The “first phase” funding application submitted to CMAQ by Wayne County in 2017 was approved. Among other things, it will allow improvements to be made to the intersection of 5 Mile/Beck in summer 2018. (This is the work that has been going on in front of the new development where the old prison was.) 

The 6 Mile Road and Beck Road project (the “second phase”) has also just been approved for funding by SEMCOG. Design work is currently underway and the Township expect this project to bid late in 2019 with construction to be completed during 2020. Work  includes improvements to the intersection at 6 Mile/Beck including  widening of part of the intersection, particularly on Six Mile, lengthening of the left-turn lanes, particularly on northbound Beck and installation of a “permissive left-turn signal” in all directions.