Roads & Construction

Published April 19, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — At press time, the Grosse Pointe Woods 2017 road program was scheduled to begin the week of April 17 and finish by Nov. 1.

The program includes the replacement of the street, curbs and driveway approaches on the following eight streets:

• Anita – Mack to Charlevoix – April 17 to Aug. 1, includes water main replacement.

• Oxford – Jackson to Mack – April 17 to July 14.

• Stanhope – Chester to Mack – April 17 to July 14.

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Published April 19, 2017

UTICA — On April 11, the Utica City Council voted 5-1 to block traffic from traveling northbound on Brownell Street from Auburn Road, effective April 17.

Mayor Thom Dionne said the city has struggled recently with traffic cutting through the downtown area to avoid the Hall Road congestion that is due to the M-59 reconstruction project.

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Published April 19, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Two separate special road assessment projects were approved 6-0 by the Clinton Township Board of Trustees April 10. Trustee Ken Pearl abstained from voting due to his living within the area of the projects.

Each job is different in scope, with two different streets affected: Santa Anna and Santa Barbara streets — located north of Metropolitan Parkway, near Moravian and Millar roads.

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Published April 12, 2017

METRO DETROIT — People in charge of auto and road repairs expect a bumpier ride this time of year as sections of metro Detroit’s roads crumble due to newly formed potholes.

The seasonal freeze and thaw cycle is commonly blamed for the spread of potholes in late winter and early spring. The resulting pits may damage vehicles’ suspension systems, tires and more.

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Published April 12, 2017

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MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Office of Public Works recently removed about 100 signs bearing the name of former Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco from pump houses, retention ponds, drains and other facilities around the county.

New Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller directed drain maintenance workers with the office to remove the signs bearing the name of her predecessor as they come across them in the normal routine of their duties.

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Published April 12, 2017

TROY — Did you know it is illegal to walk on the freeway? 

But if you break down on the freeway and are forced to pull over onto the shoulder, it’s best if you can safely get out of your car — away from traffic — and move as far away from moving vehicles as possible, maybe to a grassy embankment, then call police, said Troy Police Sgt. Meghan Lehman. 

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Published April 11, 2017

TROY — Using 2016 data provided by the Michigan State Police, Michigan Auto Law, auto accident attorneys, compiled a list of the “Top 20 Most Dangerous Intersections,” ranking the Interstate 75 interchange in Troy fifth. 

According to the group’s website, www.michiganautolaw.com, the stats include any accident that occurred within 250 feet of an intersection, including turnarounds and highway on/off ramps.

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Published April 7, 2017

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MACOMB COUNTY — No sewage discharges were necessary as a result of the collapsed sewer interceptor in Fraser following 1.6 inches of rainfall that fell on Macomb County March 30-31, according to the Public Works Office.

Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller reported that the massive, more than 1-mile-long sewer by-pass system operated as designed, preventing basement back-ups or the need to dump sewage into the Clinton River.

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Published April 6, 2017

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FARMINGTON HILLS/WEST BLOOMFIELD — Public officials have a lot to say about the Orchard Lake Road/14 Mile Road roundabout — but the overall message is for drivers to be patient and vigilant on the road.

The discussion is centered around the Farmington Hills-based Michigan Auto Law group’s 2016 report on the top 20 most dangerous intersections in Michigan that have the highest number of car accidents. 

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Published April 5, 2017

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FERNDALE/ROYAL OAK/PLEASANT RIDGE — The cities of Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak and Detroit, as well as the Detroit Zoo, might partner on a proposed trolley system that would make stops along Woodward Avenue.

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Published March 30, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD/ORCHARD LAKE — The Road Commission for Oakland County hosted an informational meeting March 28 to let people know about changes coming to Orchard Lake Road in June.

The informational event at Orchard Lake Middle School explored the reconstruction of Orchard Lake Road, between Northwestern Highway and Maple Road, in West Bloomfield Township.

The Oakland County-owned road will receive a roughly $7.2 million facelift funded by federal and local dollars, according to a press release. 

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Published March 29, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — A portion of Hamlin Road, west of Adams Road, may be replaced if a Michigan Department of Transportation fund application is approved. 

“That stretch of roadway is not in very good condition,” Rochester Hills Director of Public Services Allan Schneck said. A smaller section of Hamlin, east of Adams Road, may also be replaced, Schneck said.  

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Published March 29, 2017

TROY — South Boulevard will be resurfaced from Crooks to Livernois roads and from John R to Dequindre roads through a cost-sharing agreement between Oakland County and Rochester Hills.

The Troy City Council approved the agreement with the Road Commission for Oakland County 5-0 March 20. Councilmen Ethan Baker and Dave Henderson were absent.

Rochester Hills will execute a separate cost-sharing agreement with the commission.

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Published March 28, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — You may have to dodge a few orange barrels on Lahser this summer, but your car’s suspension will thank you once construction wraps up, according to the Road Commission for Oakland County.

In a news release, Road Commission spokesperson Cindy Dingell said the commission plans to spend more than $66 million on road projects this season.

One of the projects of note, Dingell said, is the reconstruction of Lahser Road between Civic Center Drive and the Lodge/M-10.

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Published March 20, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — “We won.”

The two-word subject line sent in a Feb. 23 email summed up a local resident’s feelings about an Oakland County Circuit Court judge’s ruling in a city of Farmington Hills lawsuit against about 80 Independence Commons subdivision residents.

A city road improvement policy — which would require homeowners to pay roughly $12,000-$18,000 each over 10-15 years based on average abutting frontage — would violate the Michigan Constitution, according to Judge Phyllis McMillen.

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Published March 17, 2017

The highway that makes up Sterling Heights’ northern border will become a Hall lined with construction barrels.

According to a statement from Sterling Heights city officials, the Michigan Department of Transportation planned to start work March 9 on M-59/Hall Road in both directions. The work will entail closing the left lane in both directions while the contractors and road crews work on the project.

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Published March 15, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 7, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved two cost-sharing agreements, one with the Michigan Department of Transportation and one with the Macomb County Department of Roads, at a total cost of $194,067 in relation to the M-59 construction project.

The MDOT contract includes mast arm signals, LED street name signs, stamped asphalt crosswalk construction work and sidewalks. The MCDR contract includes pedestrian crossings.

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Published March 15, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — An agreement was formally approved between Clinton Township and the Michigan Department of Transportation for Hall Road enhancements.

The Clinton Township Board of Trustees voted 7-0 during a special March 7 meeting to approve a resolution and grant authorization for MDOT to execute agreed upon road improvements.

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Published March 8, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — It’s been said that Michigan has two seasons: winter and road construction. The latter is just around the corner, and Grosse Pointe City leaders are gearing up for another busy year of roadwork.

City Manager Pete Dame said the City expects to spend about $822,483 on roadwork in 2017. Any funds left over from the City’s dedicated road millage will be rolled over to be used in 2018, he said.

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Published March 2, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The first phase of a widening project for North Avenue between Hall and 21 Mile roads, is set to get underway this weekend.

Macomb County Department of Roads officials said that North Avenue will be closed down between Hall and 21 Mile beginning at 7 p.m. March 3 through 5 a.m. March 6.

The reason for the closure is to replace a culvert that stretches the length of the road, just south of 21 Mile Road.

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