Officials hope the Auburn Road corridor project will enhance the identity, history and brand of the Brooklands neighborhood on Auburn Road, between Culbertson Avenue and Dequindre Road.

Officials hope the Auburn Road corridor project will enhance the identity, history and brand of the Brooklands neighborhood on Auburn Road, between Culbertson Avenue and Dequindre Road.

Rendering provided by the city of Rochester Hills


Auburn Road corridor project kicks off

New splash pad planned

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published April 3, 2019

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ROCHESTER HILLS — City officials said they will construct a vibrant, main street-style district on Auburn Road this year.

The $12 million Auburn Road corridor project — which Mayor Bryan Barnett said will improve safety while creating a downtown district atmosphere — will incorporate more parking options, outdoor seating, lighting, a pocket park and the city’s first splash pad on Auburn Road, between Culbertson Avenue and Dequindre Road.

In March, DTE Energy began relocating poles in the area, and Consumers Energy started relocating gas mains so the city could begin construction on the project this month.

On March 25, the city selected Pro-Line Asphalt Paving Corp. as the contractor for phase one of the Auburn Road corridor project and OHM Advisors to handle phase one construction engineering services.

Phase one — which officials said will be under construction from April through June — includes paving the north alley and rear parking lot between Harrison and Eastern avenues, followed by paving of the south alley.

“We’re going to be paving the alleys behind the businesses and constructing the city’s first public parking lot,” said Sara Roediger, the city’s planning and economic development director. “We want to make sure we set up this alley system and these parking areas before we start the construction of Auburn Road.”

Road construction, she said, will begin in mid-May, with detours for westbound Auburn traffic from May to November.

Phase two — which will run from mid-May through the end of July — will involve construction of the north side of the road and side streets. Crews will complete the south side of the road and side street construction from August to mid-October.

“Once the Auburn Road construction begins, there will be certain lanes of travel closed,” Roediger said. “There will always be access through Auburn Road, but there will obviously be (lane) closures during much of this construction season, from spring to fall.”

Officials said the overall project — which will be complete by May 2020 — will strengthen the district as a unique destination, and it will calm traffic, improve safety, create a more walkable environment, encourage development opportunities and improve accessibility.

“We would expect this area to see some investment here in the coming years of properties redeveloping, (so we) want to make sure we set up the proper framework so they can do that in the way we want them to,” Roediger said.

Residents are invited to drop in 4-7 p.m. April 10 at the Rochester Hills Department of Public Services garage, 511 E. Auburn Road, for an update on the project. Roediger said officials will share the construction schedule, the conceptual park design and placemaking features during the meeting, and they will collect feedback from residents.

“This is just another opportunity to update the residents and receive feedback on what is going on with this really, really exciting development that’s going on in our city,” said City Councilman Ryan Deel.

For more information, call (248) 656-4660 or visit www.rochesterhills.org/auburnrd.

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