Crooks Road resurfacing project to span from 13 Mile to 14 Mile

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published March 9, 2021

 Traffic cones sit near Crooks and 13 Mile roads in preparation for a road project that will resurface Crooks Road from 13 Mile to 14 Mile roads.

Traffic cones sit near Crooks and 13 Mile roads in preparation for a road project that will resurface Crooks Road from 13 Mile to 14 Mile roads.

Photo by Sarah Wojcik

 A graphic illustrates the Crooks Road resurfacing project from 13 Mile to 14 Mile roads. The work is slated to begin March 15 and run through the end of November.

A graphic illustrates the Crooks Road resurfacing project from 13 Mile to 14 Mile roads. The work is slated to begin March 15 and run through the end of November.

Graphic by Jason Clancy

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ROYAL OAK — A Crooks Road resurfacing project, from 13 Mile to 14 Mile roads, is scheduled to begin March 15 and run through the end of November.

The road, a popular conduit for motorists traveling between Royal Oak, Clawson and Troy, is in bad shape and needs some upgrades.

The scope of the project includes the resurfacing of Crooks Road from 13 Mile to 14 Mile roads, roadway widening from West Windermere Avenue to Lexington Boulevard to add a center turn lane, water main installation on the west side of Crooks Road between Nakota and 14 Mile roads, removal and replacement of concrete curbing, new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps, a traffic calming and pedestrian island at Lexington Boulevard, and road striping.

“The project was originally assigned to be completed last year, but the 14 Mile Road job got pushed a year and we opted to scoot this one a year to 2021, so they wouldn’t be built at the same time and make traffic worse,” Royal Oak City Engineer Holly O’Donoghue said.

The project received federal funds and will be completed under the oversight of the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The total project estimate is $2,863,600, with $1,435,706 from the federal surface transportation program, $456,748 from federal transportation economic development category C funds, $419,646 in matching funds from the city’s major street fund, and $551,500 from the city’s water and sewer fund for the water main improvements.

The city solicited bids and hired Farmington Hills-based Fleis & Vandenbrink for construction engineering work and Detroit-based Blaze Contracting for construction work.

According to the city, construction operations will limit vehicle travel to one lane northbound and one lane southbound during the project.

Business access will be maintained during construction, and residents will lose driveway access for approximately two weeks to allow for the removal, grading, forming, placement of concrete and curing. They will receive a door hanger notice at least 24 hours inw advance of the driveway closure.

Commuters are encouraged to take alternate routes to avoid delays.

O’Donoghue said she believed the project would begin with water main work on the west side of the project and close the west half of Crooks Road, shifting motorists to one lane in each direction on the east side of the road.

Royal Oak City Manager Paul Brake said the harsh Michigan weather has contributed to the deterioration of many major streets and roads, but Crooks Road received special attention because it is a major connector between Oakland County cities.

“It’s important for people using it for work and for other transportation reasons. I frequently drive on it myself. I don’t know what the exact traffic count is, but it’s pretty (high),” Brake said. “They say Michigan has two seasons — winter and orange barrel (season).”

For more information about Royal Oak road construction projects, visit www.romi.gov/current projects. For questions, call the Royal Oak Engineering Division at (248) 246-3260. If a problem occurs after normal working hours, call the Royal Oak Police Department at (248) 246-3500.

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