Construction closes southbound Livernois Road

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published June 18, 2019

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ROCHESTER HILLS — The city of Rochester Hills, in partnership with the Road Commission for Oakland County, kicked off a reconstruction project on Livernois Road, between Avon Road and Walton Boulevard, this week.

Construction on the approximately $5.6 million project will run through November.

Craig Bryson, the spokesperson for the Road Commission, said crews will remove existing concrete, replace curbs and gutters, put down new asphalt pavement, update the pedestrian crosswalks to make them Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant, modernize traffic signals, upgrade the guardrail, and repair the retaining walls in the area.

Last year, he said, the Road Commission performed heavy maintenance work to keep the road drivable until the 2019 reconstruction.

“We did some heavy maintenance last year to buy us time until we could get to this project and get us through,” Bryson said. “But basically, we’ve known all along that we needed to tear out the existing road and completely rebuild the road.”

During construction, Livernois will be closed to southbound traffic, but it will remain open for northbound traffic. The detour for southbound traffic will be Tienken Road to Adams Road to Avon Road, and back to Livernois.

Rochester Hills Public Services Director Allan Schneck said the project is funded with a mix of federal and local dollars, with local funding shared by the Road Commission, Rochester Hills and Oakland County through the Tri-Party Program.

Although the project initially received $3.6 million in federal funds for construction in 2021, Schneck said the city approached the Road Commission to consider an advanced construction date due to the poor condition of the road.

“The required maintenance — to make it safe to travel — those efforts have escalated, so really the condition of the road is at the point where it needs to be reconstructed,” Schneck said. “We are very excited about the project, and we’re excited that it’s being constructed in 2019 versus 2021.”

For more information on the Livernois Road project, visit www.rcocweb.org/485/Livernois-Road.

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