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County’s 12 Mile Road resurfacing in Berkley to start in spring

City to host informational meetings March 11

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published March 10, 2020

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BERKLEY — Starting this spring, 12 Mile Road from Greenfield Road to Coolidge Highway will undergo a $2.3 million project by the Road Commission for Oakland County.

The 1.05-mile project is 80% funded with federal dollars, with the remaining amount covered by the RCOC and the city of Berkley. The project work includes removing the existing road surface and paving it with 3 inches of asphalt; reconstructing the side-street approaches to 12 Mile Road, creating Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant pedestrian crosswalks; pedestrian signal upgrades; new curbs and gutters; minor drainage improvements; and new signs and pavement markings.

To answer any questions from concerned residents and business owners on how the construction will affect their lives, the RCOC will conduct two public information meetings with the city on Wednesday, March 11.

The first meeting will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at Berkley City Hall, 3338 Coolidge Highway. The second meeting will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Berkley High School Collaborative Center, 2325 Catalpa Drive. Neither meeting will be formal; they will allow interested people to speak with RCOC or Berkley representatives on whatever their concerns might be.

RCOC Public Information Officer Craig Bryson said there will be a project engineer on hand to help answer any questions.

“He can talk about the schedule; the impact on traffic; if you live or have a business within the construction area, what the impact would be for you; when the various stages of the project would start and end; what we would be doing to the road in any particular location,” he said.

According to a Berkley news release, the project first will undergo utility-relocation work that’s expected to begin in April and be completed in June. The construction will cause periodic lane closures.

The road construction is estimated to start in June, with completion in the fall. Bryson said there’s no estimate on when in the fall the project will be completed, as the weather will play a big factor.

“Part of the problem is, too, we’re at the mercy of the utility companies,” he said. “When they get done with the utility relocation work, we’ll dictate when the contractor can start. Again, the weather’s a huge factor. If we have a very wet, rainy spring, that will likely push things back. If we have a dry spring, it’ll speed things up. So a lot of variables, unfortunately.”

The work will be done in two stages. The first stage will see the south half of 12 Mile resurfaced. Traffic will shift to the north half of the road during this time. For one month, however, 12 Mile from Greenfield Road to Ellwood Drive will be closed for a complete reconstruction of this section.

Bryson believes the one-month closure will be the part of the project that will impact the residents and business owners the most.

“People will have a lot of questions about that,” he said. “If it’s completely closed, how do I get to my house? How do I get to my business? We will guarantee access to all homes and businesses at all times. So we’ll help you figure that out.”

The second stage will start after the first stage is completed. It will involve the resurfacing of the north half 12 Mile, with traffic shifted onto the south half. Two-way traffic is expected to be maintained on the roadway.

Berkley Community Engagement Officer Torri Mathes stated the city also will be communicating via all of its communication channels to provide as many updates as possible.

“I’m hoping for weekly or biweekly updates,” she said. “I am also going to be working with them on potentially getting an email subscription set up, but again, logistics are still being set up for that. But that way, residents can subscribe to RCOC and receive updates that way, as well.”

Mathes said her biggest focus with the project will be working with the Berkley Area Chamber of Commerce and the downtown businesses to make sure they don’t lose traffic.

“That’s a huge thing,” she said. “We’re kind of working on a marketing opportunity for the chamber and us to promote those businesses that are going to be mostly impacted by the closure.”

The road construction has yet to go out for bid, but according to Bryson, the plan is to award a contract for the project in April.

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