Dequindre work zone camera provides real-time view

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published June 23, 2020

 A work zone camera is capturing the progress of a widening project on Dequindre Road.

A work zone camera is capturing the progress of a widening project on Dequindre Road.

Photo provided by the Road Commission for Oakland County

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ROCHESTER HILLS — Dequindre Road is under construction for a widening project, and anyone can watch the progress online, thanks to a new work zone camera.

The camera provides a real-time view of the project to reconstruct and widen Dequindre Road, between Utica Road and Collins Avenue on the Rochester Hills and Shelby Township border, according to officials from the Road Commission for Oakland County.

“The project is starting north of M-59, and it’s going to take it all the way through the Auburn Road/Dequindre Road intersection to a street called Collins,” said Rochester Hills Department of Public Services Director Allan Schneck.

Viewers can head to the Road Commission website to see the work at www.rcocweb.org by clicking on the “Dequindre Road Construction Work Zone Camera” link in the “Helpful Links” section at the bottom of the homepage.

The camera takes a photo every 15 minutes between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., so site visitors can view photos of the project or a time-lapse series that combines all photos taken in succession.

Craig Bryson, a spokesman for the Road Commission, said the project involves widening the road from two lanes to five lanes, new concrete curbs and traffic signals, improved drainage and storm sewers, and updated pedestrian crosswalks. The construction began May 18, and Bryson said it could be completed by November.

“Weather will have a big role in that,” Bryson said.

Officials said the contractor is maintaining traffic throughout the majority of the project.

“They actually built some temporary road, so the first phase is actually shifting traffic to the west, so the contractor can work on the east side. Once they construct the east side of the road, they’ll take traffic, flip it to the east side and construct the west side,” Schneck said.

“There will be a short time when it will be closed at the Auburn intersection, and then Auburn Road will be closed at Dequindre east and west for a short time, too, but those will just be fairly short closures. The rest of the time, there will be at least one lane open in either direction,” Bryson added.

The overall project will cost approximately $9.3 million, with 80% funded through a federal safety grant. Officials said the remainder will be shared by the Road Commission, the Macomb County Department of Roads, Rochester Hills and Shelby Township.

The direct link to the Dequindre work zone camera is: https://tinyurl.com/y9rhx6ar

For more information, call the Road Commission at (877) 858-4804 or visit www.rcocweb.org/539/Dequindre-Road.

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