Lahser Road closes for construction

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published July 26, 2017

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SOUTHFIELD — Residents may need to find a new route to work or home following a recent road closure.

According to officials from the Road Commission for Oakland County, Lahser Road was scheduled to be closed between Northwestern Highway and Civic Center Drive for a total reconstruction starting July 24.

Officials stated previously that the road would not close during the repairs, but a July 14 press release from Craig Bryson, public information officer for the Road Commission, said that the road will completely close through the duration of the project.

The road, which is particularly bumpy from patch work and potholes, will be getting a total makeover, according to Bryson.

Previously, Bryson said the road would only close one half at a time. Officials recently announced that the road would completely close due to space constraints.

“Because we’re tearing up the entire road, there is no room to do the construction and stage all the equipment,” Bryson said of the road closure. “In this case, we had no choice but to close the road.”

The traffic detour for the closure is the Northwestern Highway service drive eastbound to Civic Center Drive, back to Lahser Road, and vice versa, Bryson said in a news release.  

Pedestrians and nonmotorized vehicles will also be prohibited from traveling through the construction zone. The detour for pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles is the Northwestern Highway service drive west, of Lahser, to First Center Drive and then to Civic Center Drive, and vice versa.

The projected cost for the project, Road Commission spokesperson Cindy Dingell said in the release, is $1.3 million. The project includes concrete slab replacement, Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalk ramps, traffic-signal adjustments and improved drainage.

Dingell said crews will also be doing bridge maintenance in Southfield this season. The 12 Mile Road bridge over the Rouge River and the 12 Mile  bridge over the Franklin branch of the Rouge River will both get $375,000 in repairs this season.

Greenfield Road, between Nine Mile and 10 Mile, will receive concrete slab replacement, costing around $349,000.

RCOC Commissioner Ron Fowkes said previously in a news release that the commission’s investment in the roads this year will do a service to all those who live, work and visit Oakland County.

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