New Tienken roundabout will feature post lighting

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published April 16, 2014

ROCHESTER HILLS — The upcoming Tienken Road widening project, which includes a roundabout at Livernois, will include 25 post lights at the roundabout.

The post lights will match lighting installed at the existing Tienken and Sheldon Road roundabout.

The Tienken widening project is scheduled to begin this spring and will widen Tienken west of Rochester Road to Livernois from two lanes to three. The $10 million project is paid for with a combination of federal, state and county funds.

The proposed project start date is May 15, with completion slated for Nov. 15. Tienken will be closed to through traffic between Livernois and Rochester Road, allowing local traffic only. The completed road will include a continuous left turn lane and a two-lane roundabout.

The first phase of the Tienken Road widening project, east of Rochester Road to Sheldon Road, was completed in 2013.

The finished Livernois-Tienken roundabout will feature a refuge island for pedestrian crossings, along with a beacon signal, to alert sight-impaired pedestrians. According to Road Commission for Oakland County officials, the roundabout will improve traffic flow significantly while providing safer travel.

“I don’t think you would find an engineer that would say that roundabouts are less safe than traditional intersections,” Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett said. “The speeds are greatly reduced.”

“It is my understanding that (the roundabout) is a compromise between the (originally proposed widening of Tienken to) five lanes and the three lanes,” said Rochester Hills City Council member Mark Tisdale. “The county agreed to the three lanes with the requirement that there was going to be a roundabout.”  

By a unanimous vote April 7, the Rochester Hills City Council approved the roundabout lighting.

“If it is similar to roundabouts in our area, I think it will be fine,” Council member Michael Webber said. “I think this is an important project for our community. It is a project we have already invested in, in the past, and this is the final step.”