Construction kicks off on Tienken Road widening project

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published October 9, 2018

ROCHESTER HILLS — The city of Rochester Hills, in partnership with the Rochester Community Schools district, kicked off a $260,000 road-widening project on Tienken Road, near Adams High School, this week.

The project will widen Tienken Road to extend the center left turn lane approximately 700 feet, from Royal Doulton Boulevard — the first subdivision west of Adams High School — to the school’s most westerly entrance.

Rochester Hills Public Services Director Allan Schneck said the new configuration aims to fix an operational deficiency during peak morning traffic.

“There’s a big influx of traffic turning into Rochester Adams High School, so much so that when they turn in, they actually start queing up into the through lane on eastbound Tienken, so it essentially stops through traffic,” he explained.

Constructing and extending the center left turn lane, he said, will provide a safe area for vehicles to stage, allowing eastbound motorists to continue their drive.

“We believe it will be safer, it will be more efficient, and will resolve that operational issue,” Schneck explained.

Construction was slated to kick off Oct. 10, after press time, closing eastbound Tienken Road for approximately two weeks. Traffic will be limited to westbound only in the construction zone during the project.

“The safest and most effective way to allow a safe area to work is to close that lane down,” Schneck said.

The city and the school district worked together on the project in conjunction with the district’s bond updates at Adams High School.

“We really believe this is a pretty progressive approach to project delivery. We are kind of proud of that. We could have just said, ‘Well, we’ll do the traditional process of design plans and specifications and solicitation,’ but that would have delayed the project until next construction season,” Schneck said.

During phase three of the district’s five-year, $185 million bond issue this summer, the site around Adams High School was reconfigured and repaved. RCS Director of Capital Projects and Facilities Pete Muscio said the district also reduced the entrances into the site off of Tienken to improve flow in and out of campus.

“Previously, we had four entrances into the site off Tienken; now we have reduced that to three,” he said.

The city and the school district are sharing the cost for the $260,000 Tienken Road widening project, which Schneck said is split 50-50.

The construction is anticipated to be complete by the end of October.

For more information and detour plans, visit the city’s interactive construction map at www.rochesterhills.org.