Roads & Construction

Published July 13, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Summer road construction season continues.

Avon Road is currently closed to all traffic at Rochester Road until late August.

The $1.4 million Michigan Department of Transportation two-stage project will reconstruct the intersection and upgrade traffic signals.

“That intersection is in desperate need of rehabilitation,” Rochester Hills Department of Public Services Director Allan Schneck said.

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Published July 12, 2016

GROSSE POINTES WOODS — Crews from DTE Energy began construction July 11 at the intersection of Vernier Road and Mack Avenue, as the city of Grosse Pointe Woods continues with its Gas Renewal Program.

According to a memorandum from City Administrator Bruce Smith, construction will take place in all four corners of the intersection and should be completed by Aug. 8. 

“We got barrels and barricades up already,” Smith said Monday. 

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Published July 12, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A trash hauler dumped approximately 50 gallons of hydraulic fluid at the intersection of Kimberly Fair and Sussex Fair streets at 12:20 p.m. July 6.

No injuries or threats of contamination to drains or waterways were reported, a police report states.

The trash hauler had broken its hydraulic line while collecting trash, the report states.

Rochester Hills firefighters contained the spill, and a private environmental cleanup company added an absorbent material to reclaim the hydraulic fluid.

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Published July 6, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — It’s not just the freeways that get a facelift during the summer months. Local roads soon will be getting some work done as well.

As of press time, Grosse Pointe Farms Public Service Director Terry Brennan said by email that local street repairs will be starting July 18 on Stephens Road between Ridge Road and Charlevoix Avenue, on Touraine Road between Williams Road and Beaupre Avenue, and on Cloverly Road between Charlevoix and Beaupre. 

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Published July 6, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Construction season is upon us.

In the case of Clinton Township, it’s not just heavily-traversed main roads that will be rehabilitated.

The long-awaited Civic Center parking lot project is set to commence soon, and officials are notifying members of the community how they can get to and from the township epicenter.

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Published July 1, 2016

Road crews are making progress on the path to smoother major and local roads in Sterling Heights, according to city officials.

At the June 21 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool said repairs on Ryan Road, between 15 Mile Road and Metropolitan Parkway, are getting started, and the work will get rid of old concrete and replace it with fresh material.

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Published June 29, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS —The Adams Road bridge over the Clinton River will be closed to all traffic beginning July 11.

The preventative maintenance project on Adams, north of Hamlin Road, aims to prolong the life of the bridge.

“It was built in 1959,” said Road Commission for Oakland County Public Information Officer Craig Bryson.

“The bridge carries 23,000 vehicles a day on that road,” Bryson said. “The hope is that we do the preventative maintenance now and do not have to replace it.” 

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Published June 29, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Local officials are launching a campaign to encourage drivers, motorcyclists, boaters and pedestrians to travel safely during the summer. 

The Farmington Hills Police Department and the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning joined forces for the second year in a row for the summerlong traffic safety campaign, Michigan Summer of Safety.

“(We’re) asking folks to take safety along for the ride by driving and boating sober,” Lt. Paul Nicholas said recently.

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Published June 27, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Eight Mile Road has been the backdrop to Shirley Burch’s life ever since she was a girl growing up on the east side of Detroit in the 1940s.

Burch has lived in the area of Eight Mile and Dequindre for the past 50 years and spreads the message that Detroit and its suburbs can accomplish more together than alone.

“The more we do things together, we are enhancing (the community),” Burch said recently.

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Published June 22, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Department of Civil Rights has released a new communication tool that will ease communication between law enforcement and individuals who are deaf or have partial hearing loss. 

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Published June 21, 2016

Legislation that would change the requirement of how cities and villages reimburse the Michigan Department of Transportation for road repairs in their jurisdictions cleared both the state House and Senate and now awaits consideration by Gov. Rick Snyder.

State Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, sponsored Senate Bill 557.

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Published June 17, 2016

Students may be on summer break, but road crews plan to continue construction work on major roads inside or bordering Sterling Heights.

At a June 7 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool gave an update on roadwork at two thoroughfares in the city.

The Van Dyke Avenue project, which lasted for much of 2015 and spanned between 18 Mile to south of 15 Mile, is proceeding and is in its final phase. He said two Van Dyke intersections, at Metropolitan Parkway and at 18 Mile Road, are being wrapped up.

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Published June 15, 2016

ROCHESTER — Summer in Michigan typically means a lot of road construction, but city officials say Rochester will escape such projects — at least for this summer.

Rochester Department of Public Works Director David Anason said those who come to the city won’t have to battle many traffic cones.

“You won’t see many road closures this summer at all,” he said. “You will just see a small lane closure every once in a while, here and there, for us to repair a curb or something like that.”

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Published June 14, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Sometimes, there are just no good options.

The Birmingham City Commission voted unanimously May 23 to move forward this summer with a repaving project on Villa Road, which residents requested by petition last fall.

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Published June 8, 2016

FERNDALE — With summer almost upon us, now is the time when cities begin construction to repair or replace roads.

While some municipalities in the Woodward Talk’s coverage area have no summer construction planned, such as Huntington Woods and Pleasant Ridge, Berkley is getting ready with plans for work and Ferndale has one street currently undergoing construction.

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Published June 8, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The money is dried up and roads just keep getting worse.

That was the crux of the argument made by Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon, who on June 1 announced that the township will form a citizen advisory committee on township-based roads.

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Published June 8, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Winter and road construction.

It sometimes seems as if there are only two seasons in Michigan, and for some residents, this year will be no different.

Construction began earlier this season on Frazho west of Little Mack, where the road is being reconstructed and a new water main installed, said Community Development and Inspection Director Chris Rayes. 

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Published June 7, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan recently unveiled a long-term, comprehensive plan designed to connect residents in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties through public transit.

At 10 a.m. May 31 on the campus of Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, officials from the RTA — a board created by the Michigan Legislature in 2012 to plan for and coordinate public transit in southeast Michigan — revealed the plan in front of a large crowd.

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Published June 1, 2016

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ROCHESTER HILLS/TROY — The first phase of a multiyear Dequindre reconstruction project is slated to begin this year.

“This is right near Beaumont Hospital, traveling north through the intersection of South Boulevard, underneath the viaduct to Burning Bush to the north,” said Rochester Hills Department of Public Services Director Allan Schneck.

According to Road Commission for Oakland County officials, Utica Road, at Dequindre, will close for approximately four weeks. Start and completion dates and detour routes are yet to be announced.

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Published May 27, 2016

WARREN — Motorists heading in any direction through Warren can expect to find roads lined with orange barrels in the weeks to come.

Delays are sure to follow for drivers, but officials said the projects will give much-needed attention to roadways in obvious need.

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