During construction in July, a section of Adams Road was taken out just south of Road on the Troy/Bloomfield Township border.

During construction in July, a section of Adams Road was taken out just south of Road on the Troy/Bloomfield Township border.

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Completion of Adams Road resurfacing project pushed to spring

Northbound Adams, between Square Lake and Long Lake, to reopen Nov. 2

By: Mary Beth Almond | C&G Newspapers | Published October 25, 2021


BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP/TROY —  An ongoing project to resurface Adams Road will now extend into next year after a contractor hired by the Road Commission for Oakland County failed to meet the contractual completion date of the project.

In June, Pro-Line Asphalt Paving Corp., of Washington Township, began working on the road, between Square Lake and Long Lake, closing southbound Adams to traffic.

Throughout the process, Road Commission spokesperson Craig Bryson said, the contractor was not getting as much work done as the commission had hoped.

“It’s a major resurfacing project with the addition of a new center left turn lane at a couple of streets, adding and extending some right turn lanes in a few locations, upgrading pedestrian crosswalks, and installing curbs and gutters,” Bryson explained.

To try to remedy the situation, he said, the Road Commission held many meetings with the contractor to “remind them of their contractual obligation to complete the project by the end of October.”  

“We had a sit-down meeting with them a couple of weeks ago and said, ‘Look, the deadline is looming. You are contractually obligated to get this job done.’ And at that point, they said, ‘We are not going to be able to get the job done,’” Bryson explained.

Road Commission Managing Director Dennis Kolar said the Road Commission is “extremely disappointed” in the contractor.

“We believe the contract was set up with sufficient time to complete the work within the contract parameters, even in an unusual year marked by COVID-related challenges and greater-than-normal rain. We believe the contractor simply failed to fulfill its obligations,” Kolar said in a statement.

The contractor, Road Commission officials said, has since agreed to complete work on the northbound side of the road and will put down temporary paving on the southbound side to allow the road to open to two-way traffic during the winter.

“By Nov. 2, they will have the road open to two-way traffic for the winter. That means they will completely finish the northbound side of the road, and they will put in temporary pavement on the southbound side so it’s drivable and maintainable for the winter,” Bryson said. “Then they said they would come back when the weather allows in the spring, which is typically in April, and finish up by the end of May of next year.”

The $2.6 million project is 57% funded with federal dollars through the National Highway Performance Program, with the remainder of the costs shared by the Road Commission and the city of Troy.  

Because the project was partially paid for with federal road dollars, the contract is between the Michigan Department of Transportation and Pro-Line Asphalt Paving Corp., so the Road Commission plans to pursue damages against the contractor through MDOT.

“We will aggressively pursue damages against the contractor as provided for in the contract,” Kolar said in a statement.

The only legal repercussion the Road Commission has, according to Bryson, is to pursue liquidated damages, or fines against the contractor.

“We can’t pursue those until the project is completely done,” he explained.

Bryson said the situation is “pretty unusual.”

“There are certainly times when contractors miss the deadline by a couple of days, a week, or a couple of weeks. Sometimes it’s related to justifiable factors, such as the weather or something like that, but it’s fairly rare that a contractor pushes a project completely into the next year.”

A representative from Pro-Line Asphalt Paving Corp. could not be reached for comment at press time.