Township hopes for summer roundabout construction

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published February 6, 2018

 The intersection of Adams and Gunn roads, seen here in September, is currently a four-way stop, which is less eco-friendly than a roundabout, according to Road Commission for Oakland County officials.

The intersection of Adams and Gunn roads, seen here in September, is currently a four-way stop, which is less eco-friendly than a roundabout, according to Road Commission for Oakland County officials.

File photo by Deb Jacques

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The township’s first roundabout may be constructed at the Adams and Gunn roads intersection this summer, if federal funding is approved.

“The project is (tentatively) scheduled to begin construction in the summer of 2018 and to finish in the fall of 2018,” Oakland Township Manager Dale Stuart said. “It is definitely going to be a roundabout.”     

Stuart said the project is currently in the design stage, and the cost is estimated to be between $2 million and $3 million, to be paid for with a combination of federal, county and township funds.      

Delta Kelly Elementary School is located on the northwest corner of the intersection, which sees 14,000 cars per day. A steep hill impedes driver vision. Stuart said the intersection has been identified as a key safety item.

Ten crashes and 11 injuries at the intersection within a one-year period initiated the installation of a four-way stop sign last year, said Road Commission for Oakland County officials.

National studies show a 90 percent reduction in traffic fatalities at roundabouts, along with a 37 percent reduction in total crashes and a 75 percent reduction in injury crashes, officials said.

“We believe (that) in that location, a roundabout is the best design to accommodate all the needs there,”  Road Commision for Oakland County Public Information Officer Craig Bryson said.     

The roundabout will also increase traffic capacity, allowing 30 to 50 percent more traffic. The proposed roundabout plans include a pedestrian-activated signal for walkers, runners and bicyclists.

Township residents will be notified of the roundabout construction schedule.

“We have asked the Road Commision for public information meetings on the full extent of the project and how it will proceed,” Stuart said.  

“Part of what the Road Commission promised is they would get in touch with residents to let them know what is going on,” Oakland Township Trustee Frank Ferriolo said. “I would like to see that occur.”

Bryson said federal funding may be approved this spring. If not, the project could be pushed back to 2019.