Contractors began cutting cement on Cranbrook Road last week as part of a project expected to last through August.

Contractors began cutting cement on Cranbrook Road last week as part of a project expected to last through August.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Cranbrook, NB Adams roads closed for summer road work

By: Tiffany Esshaki | C&G Newspapers | Published June 21, 2021

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BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP/TROY — As different as the past year has been for all of us, some things never change, like orange barrels, backups and detours causing headaches across metro Detroit.

Road construction is back this summer, and two projects in particular are expected to have drivers in the Birmingham/Bloomfield area tapping the brakes.

Perhaps the biggest project is the closure of South Cranbrook Road between 14 Mile and 15 Mile roads. Barriers went up last week and are expected to stay up through late August for a full repaving.

The $1.396 million project is funded by the Road Commission for Oakland County with Birmingham, Bloomfield Township and Tri-Party funding through Oakland County. Additionally, Birmingham Public Schools will foot the bill for a traffic signal at Midvale.

“Yes, Cranbrook is a major project. We’ve been working with both Birmingham and Bloomfield Township on the project,” said Craig Bryson, the senior communications manager for the Road Commission. “We also mailed fliers to every property owner in the vicinity.”
He added that access to properties within the construction area will be maintained at all times, including the city of Birmingham’s Lincoln Hills Golf Course and the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, both located on the northwest corner of the intersection at South Cranbrook and 14 Mile. The suggested detour is 14 Mile Road to Lahser to Maple and back to Cranbrook Road.

That’s good news for BBAC Executive Director Annie VanGelderen, who said the center’s galleries, events and classes are a go for this summer.

“We have been assured by the City of Birmingham that we will have access to our building during the road construction. We are warning our students, visitors and campers to allow a little extra time to navigate the lane restrictions,” VanGelderen said in an email. “Construction means progress.”

Adams Road will get a makeover this summer too, between Long Lake and Square Lake roads. During the work, Adams will close southbound by the end of June, with northbound remaining open to local traffic. The suggested detour for southbound traffic will be Square Lake Road to Coolidge Highway to Long Lake Road and back to Adams.

The estimated $2.8 million project is 57% funded with federal dollars through the National Highway Performance Program. The remainder of the costs are shared by the Road Commission and the city of Troy.  

“Because northbound Adams will remain open for local traffic, this project will be slightly less disruptive, but there will certainly be inconvenience as well,” Bryson added in an email. “The reality is that with a major construction project like this, there will inevitably be some short-term inconvenience. However, the road will be much improved when the project is finished — a much safer, smoother and more aesthetically pleasing road.

Updates on the work on all Road Commission projects can be found on the commission’s website at rcocweb.org

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