Construction on Cass Lake Road to end early next month

West Bloomfield Beacon | Published August 17, 2017

 A construction worker surfaces Cass Lake Road in Keego Harbor. The road won’t close during the construction, but traffic will be delayed at times.

A construction worker surfaces Cass Lake Road in Keego Harbor. The road won’t close during the construction, but traffic will be delayed at times.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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KEEGO HARBOR — Drivers in Keego Harbor should expect delays and even detours as construction workers repair Cass Lake Road between Orchard Lake Road and Otter Avenue. 

The Road Commission for Oakland County, along with contractor Cipparone Contracting, is replacing concrete slabs along Cass Lake Road that have begun to deteriorate. The work started Aug. 14.

“Some of the slabs are deteriorating,” said Craig Bryson, public information officer for the Road Commission. “It’s less expensive to just replace them than to tear the road up and rebuild the whole road.”

The roadwork involves targeting specific sections of the road that are deteriorating or have been damaged, taking the concrete out and replacing it. 

“It’s like patching the road, but with concrete,” said Bryson. 

Bryson said the sections of concrete being taken out of the road are anywhere from 10 square feet to 20 square feet. The concrete on Cass Lake Road is about 20 years old, he said.

The road will not be reopened to all-lane traffic in the evenings. 

“Even in the evenings, the road will be restricted,” said Bryson. “The concrete has to cure. It takes about one week to gain enough strength (to be usable).”

In Keego Harbor, the project will last about four weeks. Cass Lake Road is projected to fully reopen in early September.

Cass Lake Road will remain open to traffic, but the traffic lanes will be narrower than usual. At times throughout the construction, the three-lane road will be reduced to one lane, with traffic being directed by a flagger. 

Truck traffic is advised to seek an alternate route due to the narrow lanes during the construction period.

The Road Commission has over $4 million in concrete slab replacements planned for 2017. The construction on Cass Lake Road costs $144,000 and is federally funded. Keego Harbor is the third community to get concrete slabs replaced in the program.

Concrete slab replacement is a much cheaper, less intrusive option for the Road Commission to fix the deteriorating roads.

“It’s much less expensive than rebuilding the entire road,” said Bryson. “It’s a pretty cost-effective operation.” 

For more information, visit the Road Commission’s website at www.rcocweb.org. 

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