Expect orange barrels with orange trees this fall

By: Eric Czarnik | C&G Newspapers | Published September 4, 2015

Summer may be ending soon, but the construction schedule for two counties’ road commissions will still mostly be ongoing through the fall.

According to Craig Bryson from the Road Commission for Oakland County, a few major road undertakings within the C & G Newspapers readership area are underway but not complete.

The biggest project, he said, concerns the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of 14 Mile and Orchard Lake roads as well as its surroundings.

Bryson said the road commission anticipates the project’s completion in November, though he added that the roundabout is partially open to traffic now.

“The roundabout itself is largely done,” he said. “We still need to complete the approaches, and we’re still working on the triangle portion of that section of Orchard Lake Road between 14 Mile Road and Northwestern Highway.”

In Rochester Hills, the RCOC has continued to close portions of Tienken Road in order to wrap up a couple of projects during the fall, Bryson said. One is between Livernois and Rochester roads, and another is from Livernois Road to Adams Road, he said.

Bryson said the road commission also has been conducting resurfacing and repairs in Beverly Hills and Bloomfield Township along Lahser Road, and he anticipates that the work will conclude around mid-October.

“Currently, the section between 14 and Maple is essentially done,” he said. “The road itself is done, and now we’re working on 13 Mile to 14 Mile.”

Although many RCOC projects have been worked on for months, a slab replacement project in the area of 10 Mile and Greenfield roads just started in August, Bryson said. That job has an October completion target, he added.

According to Bob Hoepfner, director of roads for the Macomb County Department of Roads, the summer construction season is going along very well, and crews are underway on some major activities.

Paving has started on a reconstruction of Metropolitan Parkway between Gratiot Avenue and Groesbeck Highway, he said. Although traffic is allowed in one lane each direction, the left turnarounds have been blocked off, and Hoepfner advised alternate routes until the project is done.

“It should be open before the end of the year,” he said.

Paving on 24 Mile Road between Romeo Plank and Dequindre roads has been proceeding quite well in Shelby and Macomb townships, he said.

Hoepfner said his agency already finished projects in the Macomb Township area, such as Hayes Road between 21 Mile and 23 Mile roads as well as 24 Mile Road between Foss Road and Romeo Plank Road. A project on Luchtman Road between 25 Mile and 26 Mile roads is about ready to be finished, he said.

Recently, Macomb County officials have sought more road and infrastructure funding to do necessary repairs, Hoepfner explained.

“We still have probably four or five projects that are in Lansing waiting to be advertised because they ran out of federal money,” he said. “It needs to be pushed.”

Find out more about the Road Commission for Oakland County by visiting www.rcocweb.org or by calling (877) 858-4804. Learn more about the Macomb County Department of Roads by visiting roads.macombgov.org or by calling (586) 463-8671.