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Hamlin Road opens to traffic

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published October 20, 2015


ROCHESTER HILLS — Students, teachers, city employees and assorted visitors cheered as Hamlin Road reopened to traffic recently after a road widening project.

“This was a much-anticipated project,” Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett said Oct. 14 as a small crowd gathered in front of Hamlin Elementary School, located west of Rochester Road. Barnett said “a great team of people,” including Rochester Community Schools officials, kept the project on track.

“This adds a center turning lane and a pathway,” Barnett said. The project was aimed at eliminating frequent backups on the road, he added.

Hamlin was closed to all traffic between Livernois and Rochester Road in June while the road was widened from two lanes to three and redesigned to provide a safer, smoother ride for drivers on the busy road.

“Fifteen thousand vehicles travel this road every day,” said Cheryl Gregory, vice president of Spalding DeDecker, which provided engineering for the project. “Sure, the inconvenience was felt. We thank everyone in the community for their cooperation and patience.”

The road widening completes phase one of a $6 million Hamlin Road project. During phase two, Hamlin will be resurfaced between Rochester Road and Dequindre Road. The road will be open to traffic, but drivers should anticipate delays, city officials said.

The entire project is being paid for with a combination of Federal Highway Administration, state and local funds.

Another city road closing that has frustrated motorists — Tienken Road — is scheduled to reopen to traffic in early November, said Rochester Hills Department of Public Services Director Allan Schneck.

“The last hurdle is paving and striping,” Schneck said. The section of Tienken between Livernois and Brewster is the last piece of a major Tienken Road project that has seen closures for the past several years.

In 2014, a roundabout was constructed at Tienken and Livernois, and Tienken was recently widened to three lanes between Livernois and Rochester Road. In addition, a $5 million, two-phase project closed Tienken to all traffic between Adams and Livernois for resurfacing, paid for with a combination of federal, county and local funds.

Schneck said the resurfacing was advanced two years.

“The funding was scheduled for 2017,” he said. “We advance-constructed it, knowing it would be difficult to maintain, especially in the winter,” he said. 

The new roundabout at Livernois and Tienken will feature a High-Intensity Activated crossWalK beacon system for pedestrian crossings. The HAWK beacon is a visual indicator that requires drivers to come to a complete stop and is activated by a pedestrian.

The system has been installed and will be activated when the road opens, Schneck said. Residents can find information regarding all of the city’s construction projects through the online interactive construction map at