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June 17, 2014

Road projects close roads

By Linda Shepard
C & G Staff Writer

OAKLAND COUNTY — A series of upcoming road closures will create a hodge-podge of alternate routes this summer.

Major road closings are scheduled for Tienken, Avon and Orion roads. In addition, Sheldon, Bloomer and Mead roads will see shorter closings this summer due to several gravel road pavings and a pipeline replacement project.

Although affected roads will be closed to all through traffic, the roads will be open to local traffic, with access to residences provided, said Rochester Hills Public Services Director Allan Schneck.

Sheldon Road between Placid Court and Mead Road, near Stoney Creek High School, is slated for a paving project that could begin in the first part of July and will close the road to all traffic.

“The goal and objective is to have the paving done before school starts,” Schneck said.

A Consumers Energy pipeline project will close Sheldon Road between Snell and Mead roads June 16-June 25. The detour rote will be Mead to Snell to Rochester Road, back to Sheldon, and vice versa. Mead Road between Sheldon and Little Pine Lane will be closed June 26-July 1 for the same pipeline project. The detour route is Winkler Mill Road to Washington Road, back to Mead, and vice versa.

A stretch of Bloomer Road — currently gravel — west of John Road will be paved, closing the road to through traffic between June 18 and Aug. 30.

“This is a joint project between Rochester Hills and Rochester,” Schneck said.  

Avon Road, between Livernois and Crooks roads, is scheduled to reopen to traffic July 1 after phase one of an Avon Road resurfacing project. But the second phase of Avon Road resurfacing, between Adams and Crooks, is scheduled to begin immediately after the reopening, closing that portion of the road to all traffic. The $3 million project is paid for with state and federal funding.

Tienken Road, between Livenois and the Paint Creek Trail, will close to all traffic in late June or early July, when a continuous center left-turn lane is constructed, along with a roundabout at the Tienken and Livernois intersection.

The detour route will be Rochester Road to University Drive to Adams, back to Tienken, and vice versa. Reopening of Tienken to traffic is slated for Nov. 15.

The first phase of the Tienken Road widening project, east of Rochester Road to Sheldon Road, was completed in 2013. In 2015, Tienken will be closed east of the Paint Creek Trail to Rochester Road, beginning in the early spring and ending in the late summer. The entire $10 million project is paid for with a combination of federal, state and county funds.

The Orion Road bridge replacement over the Paint Creek will close Orion Road to all traffic between Snell and Gallagher roads beginning June 23. The detour route is Rochester Road to Stoney Creek Road, back to Orion, and vice versa. Completion is slated for Aug. 1. The $2 million bridge replacement project is paid for with federal funds.

According to Schneck, the Road Commission for Oakland County is currently preparing to accept bids on a project to overlay Orion Road from Flint Street in Lake Orion to Adams Road in Oakland Township, and from Snell Road in Oakland Township to Rochester Road in Rochester Hills, with construction dates to be determined. Schneck urged residents to visit the city website, www.rochesterhills.org, and download a mobile app that features roadwork updates. “You can hover over a particular construction project for the details,” he said.  “It is a great source for information.”

The free mobile app is available on Android and Apple devices. A zoom-enabled map highlights the location of roadwork in the city along with project details including road and lane closures, and anticipated project start and completion dates.

“We continue to seek innovative ways to stay connected to our residents,” said Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett in a statement. “And this latest feature is just one of the many ways that we are able to disseminate important information.”