GLWA 54-Inch Water Main Loop

Updated: 4/11/24

Start: February 21, 2022
Current Status: In-Progress
End: Fall 2024
Road Jurisdiction: Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA)


This is a Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) project involving the construction of a 54-inch transmission water main to interconnect two existing GLWA transmission mains at 14 Mile and 8 Mile Roads. The project was initiated in response to a pipe failure in October 2017 that greatly impacted Novi, Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield, Commerce, Walled Lake, and Wixom communities. This new main will provide redundancies and improved operational flexibility for routine maintenance or emergencies. Phase 1 began under a different contract back in late 2020 to extend an existing 24-inch transmission main along 14 Mile Road, between M-5 and Decker/Novi Roads. This Phase 2 project was bid out publicly and GLWA awarded $98 Million to the Joint Venture team of Ric-Man Construction and Clark Construction. As an added benefit, the City (through a cost share agreement with GLWA) will reconstruct four (4) road segments: 11 Mile Road from Seeley to Meadowbrook; Meadowbrook Road from 11 Mile to 12 Mile; Meadowbrook Road from 12 Mile to 13 Mile; and 13 Mile Road from Meadowbrook to M-5.

Road Closures

Meadowbrook Road is currently closed to through traffic from just north of Hummingdale Boulevard (north of 12 Mile Road) to just south of the Crosspointe Meadows church entrance.

Southbound Meadowbrook Road from 12 Mile Rd. to I-96 is currently closed. Traffic is northbound only.  The detour for this segment of southbound Meadowbrook is 12 Mile Rd. west to Novi Road, south on Novi Road to Grand River, east on Grand River, back to Meadowbrook, and vice versa.


Updated 4/11/24:

13 Mile Rd. is currently open to two-way traffic. The City of Novi will hire a separate contractor to complete the reconstruction of 13 Mile Road when school is out of session – starting approximately June 7, 2024. During this portion of the project, 13 Mile Road will again be open to one-way traffic only, but for a limited time and with no school traffic, adding to the congestion.

Meadowbrook (12 to 13 Mile) - GLWA is currently installing the 54-inch water main on pipe piles between the Crosspointe Meadows church and Hummingdale Boulevard (Beacon Hill Subdivision). As of 4/10/24, they are about 600 ft from the end of the section.  This construction is expected to be complete by the end of April. Immediately following, the paving subcontractor will start road restoration.

Meadowbrook (I-96 to 12 Mile) - The week of April 8th, GLWA began culvert extensions, milling, and paving work. Southbound Meadowbrook Road from 12 Mile Rd. to I-96 is currently closed. Traffic is northbound only. This work should take about a month to complete.

Meadowbrook (11 Mile to I-96) - This portion of roadway is complete. There may be some intermittent lane closures for punch list work in the spring.