The westbound side of Maple Road, from Halsted to Drake roads, will be closing in early April as the second phase of the Maple Road project gets underway.

The westbound side of Maple Road, from Halsted to Drake roads, will be closing in early April as the second phase of the Maple Road project gets underway.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Second phase of Maple Road construction set to begin in April

By: Maddie Forshee | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published March 9, 2018

 The project, which is resurfacing the road and adding a center left-turn lane, will have drivers detour to 14 Mile Road for five months.

The project, which is resurfacing the road and adding a center left-turn lane, will have drivers detour to 14 Mile Road for five months.

Photo by Deb Jacques

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Local drivers should start planning alternate routes on Maple Road, because parts of the road will be closed to traffic next month as the second phase of the Maple Road resurfacing project takes up the road. 

The second phase of the project will take place from Halsted to Drake roads. Crews will resurface the road and add a continuous center left-turn lane, as well as some right-turn lanes, pave the shoulders, and install curbs and gutters. 

The project will begin between April 2 and April 16 and should last about five months, the same length as the first half of the project took. 

The westbound lane of Maple Road from Halsted to Drake will be closed to traffic during construction, but the eastbound lane will stay open. 

Traffic traveling westbound will be detoured to Halsted to 14 Mile to Drake and vice versa, said Craig Bryson, with the Road Commission for Oakland County.  

“We’re doing this project for two reasons — first, to improve the conditions of the road surface, plus we’re adding a continuous center left-turn lane,” said Bryson. “It’s both a safety and capacity improvement for the road. It will be much easier and safer to turn left on Maple into any home or business.” 

The first phase of the project began on July 17, 2017, and lasted until Nov. 22. It covered the area on Maple Road from Haggerty to Halsted roads. 

The 2-mile project cost $5.5 million and was funded with a mix of federal and local dollars. The local funding was shared by both West Bloomfield Township and the Road Commission for Oakland County. 

For more information about the project, visit www.rcoc.org.