12 Mile undergoes repairs

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published August 15, 2017

 Commuters traveling westbound might experience some delays.

Commuters traveling westbound might experience some delays.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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FARMINGTON HILLS — Pavement repairs are coming to 12 Mile Road, between Haggerty and Farmington roads.

The project, which will be completed in mid-November, involves fixing the aging, dilapidated road, according to the Road Commission for Oakland County.

“This road was constructed in the 1980s, so the concrete has outlived its design life, and some of the concrete is deteriorated,” Craig Bryson, senior manager of communications and public information for the Road Commission, said in an email. “We opted to do a concrete slab replacement project instead of a complete reconstruct because it is far less expensive and less impactful on traffic.”

The Road Commission and the city of Farmington Hills are partnering on the roughly $2.6 million project, which was slated to begin Aug. 14 and will replace sections of crumbling concrete, according to a press release.

 The project is federally funded at $2.1 million, and the remaining funds of $500,000 are being covered by a local match shared by RCOC, Farmington Hills and Oakland County general government through the Tri-Party Program, according to the release. 

“We always seek to partner with the local community and typically seek financial involvement when federal funds are involved, as in this case. It is typically 80/20 (80 percent federal, 20 percent local),” he said. “When that is the case, we typically seek half of the local match (or 10 percent) from the local community. That amount sometimes varies according to the project.”

Farmington Hills Director of Public Services Karen Mondora confirmed that 12 Mile Road will remain open, but only one lane in each direction. 

“Motorists will be impacted because of traffic — traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction,” she said. “Anybody driving 12 Mile Road from Farmington to Haggerty may be impacted by lane closures.”

She added that the benefit of the project will be an improved road surface.

Southbound Drake Road will be closed to traffic at 12 Mile for about 19 days beginning around Sept. 15, according to a press release. The detour route for southbound Drake Road traffic will be 11 Mile Road to Halsted Road to 12 Mile Road and going back the same way, according to the release. Local traffic and access to homes and businesses will be kept up throughout the entire construction period.

Bryson said that snow does not directly impact the road, but freeze/thaw cycles, traffic and age are what cause deterioration. He added that the road has never been repaired this way before at this scale.

“There was a section repaired in the 1990s, but we have never done this type of distressed concrete slab replacement project,” he said.

Bryson said that traffic counts vary throughout the stretch of 12 Mile Road, especially since the part being repaired is a 3-mile segment.

“But they range between about 27,000 and 30,000 vehicles per day,” he said.

More information about this project can be found at www.rcocweb.org/189/Road-Projects.

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