Dequindre reconstruction coming in spring

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published January 13, 2016

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ROCHESTER HILLS — A Dequindre reconstruction project on the city’s border with Shelby Township is slated to begin this spring.

“This is a long-standing project that divides cities, counties and precincts,” Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett said. “It will help alleviate a lot of congestion.”

The reconstruction will tackle an area of Dequindre from Burningbush Drive, which is south of South Boulevard, to West Utica Road. The project involves the communities of Troy, Sterling Heights, Rochester Hills and Shelby Township.

“Part of it is a widening — some little sections are two lanes, (and) they will be widened to five lanes,” Road Commision for Oakland County Public Information Officer Craig Bryson said. Most of the road section is currently five lanes and will be rebuilt.

Additional improvements include traffic signal upgrades, improved drainage, and improvements to the east and west legs of the intersection of Dequindre, South Boulevard and Dobry Street.

Bryson said the Dequindre reconstruction is part of a larger project involving the road that divides multiple counties. “Over the last couple of decades, we have been working south to north on it,” he said. “Whenever we get funding, we do one piece at a time. The last section was in Troy just south of this a few years ago, from Wattles Road to Long Lake.”

According to RCOC officials, $7.7 million of the upcoming project will come from federal funds. The remaining amount will be shared by the RCOC, the Macomb County Department of Roads, Troy, Rochester Hills, Sterling Heights and Shelby Township.

Construction is expected to begin in the spring and conclude late in 2016. During construction, one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction. There also is a planned closure of Utica Road at Dequindre at a date yet to be identified, and a detour will be posted. “Utica Road will be closed at Dequindre for three to four weeks,” Bryson said.

Future plans could improve Dequindre up to Avon Road or possibly up to 25 Mile Road.  “Eventually we’ll go further north,” Bryson said. “But that is a long-term plan. There is nothing on the books right now.”

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