Gunn/Adams roundabout scheduled for next summer

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published March 13, 2018

 Road Commission for Oakland County officials are planning a roundabout at the Adams and Gunn roads intersection.

Road Commission for Oakland County officials are planning a roundabout at the Adams and Gunn roads intersection.

File photo by Deb Jacques

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OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — This summer’s tentative plans for construction of a roundabout at the Adams and Gunn roads intersection have been delayed until next year.

“The Gunn and Adams intersection improvements are scheduled to be constructed in the summer of 2019 now,” Oakland Township Manager Dale Stuart said. “Part of that (reason) is that the state highway department has agreed to contribute some funds to that cost.”  

Stuart said that to date, he has not received an official notice of the amount of funds that will be contributed.

The township’s first roundabout is currently in the design stage, and the cost is estimated to be between $2 million and $3 million, to be paid for with a combination of federal, county and township funds.      

“It is definitely going to be a roundabout,” Stuart said.

Delta Kelly Elementary School is located on the northwest corner of the intersection, which sees 14,000 cars per day. A steep hill impedes visibility. Stuart said the intersection has been identified as a key safety item.

Ten crashes and 11 injuries at the intersection within a one-year period initiated the installation of a four-way stop sign last year, said Road Commission for Oakland County officials.

National studies show a 90 percent reduction in traffic fatalities at roundabouts, along with a 37 percent reduction in total crashes and a 75 percent reduction in injury crashes, officials said.

“We believe (that) in that location, a roundabout is the best design to accomodate all the needs there,”  Road Commission for Oakland County Public Information Officer Craig Bryson said.     

The roundabout will also increase traffic capacity, allowing 30 to 50 percent more traffic. The proposed roundabout plans include a pedestrian-activated signal for walkers, runners and bicyclists.

Township residents will be notified of the roundabout construction schedule.

“We have asked the Road Commission for public information meetings on the full extent of the project and how it will proceed,” Stuart said.  

This summer, an Oakland Township preservation overlay project is planned for Stoney Creek Road, between Orion and Rochester roads. According to Road Commission officials, the overlay project involves approximately three days of work over a two-week period.

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