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July 31, 2013

Expect delays as roadwork starts at I-75 and Crooks

By Terry Oparka
C & G Staff Writer

Lanes will soon be closed at the intersection of I-75 and Crooks as the roadway undergoes much-needed repair.

In a prepared statement, Greg Jamian, chairman of the Road Commission for Oakland County, said the RCOC had an “aggressive road improvement plan this year, despite the continued insufficiency of state and federal road funding.”

He said it’s “inevitable that motorists will experience delays in some cases. We understand the frustration this causes, and we ask that motorists, residents and businesses please be patient as we strive to provide a better road system. Unfortunately, we must endure a little pain in order to gain the benefits of improved roads.”

As part of the Tri-Party Program, through which two-thirds of the funding comes from Oakland County and the RCOC and one third from the city of Troy, the city of Troy will begin replacing concrete slabs at I-75 and Crooks this week. The project is scheduled to be complete in late September.

Craig Bryson, public information officer for the RCOC, said the total cost of the project is $535,000. The city selected this intersection for consideration of the Tri-Party funding because of its poor condition. Based on the Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating System with a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the best, Bryson said the RCOC rated the intersection a 2.

While the intersection falls under the jurisdiction of the RCOC (Crooks) and the Michigan Department of Transportation (I-75), the city of Troy is the administrator of the project. Troy City Engineer Steve Vandette explained via email that the city’s share is budgeted in the 2013-14 city budget under capital improvements.

Work will be done in three phases.

These phase-one and -two traffic restrictions are scheduled to last until mid September:

• The intersection will be closed to through- and left-turn traffic from the I-75 off ramp.

• Traffic from the off ramp must turn right at Crooks and use the median turn around located north of the intersection.

• Corporate Drive will be closed to through-traffic at Crooks.

• Traffic from Corporate must turn right at Crooks and use the median turn around located south of the intersection.

• Left turns from southbound Crooks to the I-75 on ramp are prohibited.

• Lane closures will occur on Crooks, the I-75 ramp and Corporate Drive leading into the intersection.

However, right turns from northbound Crooks to the I-75 on ramp are permitted during these phases.

These phase-three traffic restrictions are scheduled to last until late September:

• Right turns from northbound Crooks to the I-75 on ramp are prohibited.

• Lane closures will occur on Crooks, the I-75 ramp and Corporate Drive leading into the intersection.

However, left turns and through-traffic from the I-75 off-ramp are permitted, through-traffic from Corporate to the I-75 ramp is permitted and left turns from southbound Crooks to the I-75 on ramp are permitted during phase three of the project.

Call the city engineering department at (248) 524-3383 for additional information.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Terry Oparka at toparka@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1054.