Construction closes down section of 14 Mile Road

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published September 25, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD  — DePonio Contracting Inc. of Shelby Township, contractor for the Road Commission for Oakland County, began the 14 Mile Road reconstruction between Haggerty and Country Way Sept. 23, forcing drivers to detour or seek an alternative route until the road re-opens Nov. 15.

With safety being the priority for engineers, a quarter mile of road will be reconstructed with a new angle, said Craig Bryson, public officer with the RCOC. 

During the road closure, Country Way Street is accessible solely from the east, and the detour route for 14 Mile Road through traffic is Halsted Road to 13 Mile Road to Haggerty Road and back to 14 Mile Road.

Budgeted at approximately $740,000, the project is financed through the Tri-Party Program, which includes equal financing by West Bloomfield Township, the RCOC and Oakland County.

“Last year about this time, I received a contract from the Road Commission with a tight turnaround for a deadline to apply for some uncommitted Tri-Party funds. I responded to that, and as a result, we received $330,000 of uncommitted Tri-Party funds and dedicated it back to that stretch of road,” said Michele Economou Ureste, West Bloomfield township supervisor.

Upon receiving the finances, the Township Board of Trustees unanimously supported using the money toward the last piece of 14 Mile Road, she said.

In addition to adjusting the surface angle, the plan includes draining improvements to prevent road dilapidation and updating the crosswalk and pedestrian signals to follow Americans With Disabilities Act requirements.

The project is expected to be largely completed and the road re-opened Nov. 15, with landscaping work and restoration to be completed in spring 2014.

The landscaping work and restoration will not have any effect on the traffic.