Hills eyes Hamlin reconstruction

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published March 29, 2017

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ROCHESTER HILLS — A portion of Hamlin Road, west of Adams Road, may be replaced if a Michigan Department of Transportation fund application is approved. 

“That stretch of roadway is not in very good condition,” Rochester Hills Director of Public Services Allan Schneck said. A smaller section of Hamlin, east of Adams Road, may also be replaced, Schneck said.  

The total cost of the project is estimated at $5.4 million. If the project is approved, the MDOT Transportation Economic Development Fund would supply approximately 22 percent of the cost, or around $1.2 million.

Schneck said MDOT officials will look at the application in April. 

“We are very hopeful that MDOT looks favorably upon the request,” he said. “From there, we will be before council with a funding agreement.”

 If MDOT funding is approved, the Hamlin reconstruction project is slated to begin in 2018, Schneck said.  

According to Schneck, that section of Hamlin Road is currently under the jurisdiction of the Road Commission for Oakland County. Although the roadway is in poor condition, a rehabilitation project had not previously been identified. A local business recently purchased a building along the segment, providing the opportunity to pursue Transportation Economic Development Fund money, he said. 

By a unanimous vote March 13, the Rochester Hills City Council approved the funding application.

“The road is really bad,” Councilwoman Stephanie Morita said. “I think this is a great project.” 

“I’m really glad that we are going to fix that road,” Councilwoman Susan Bowyer said. The City Council also approved a commitment to providing the necessary matching funds to complete the project.

Schneck said Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett deserves credit for the application effort.

“There were no funds allocated for this in the next four years,” Schneck said. “Mayor Barnett lobbied  ... to say, ‘We’ve (got) to do something.’” 

The application shows fiscal responsibility, said City Councilman Dale Hetrick, “so we can take those opportunities and really run with them.”