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Livernois reopens between Avon and Walton

‘Sign pollution’ discussed

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published December 18, 2019


ROCHESTER HILLS — Traveling around Rochester Hills just got a little easier.

The Road Commission for Oakland County, in partnership with the city of Rochester Hills, recently opened Livernois Road, between Avon Road and Walton Boulevard.

For the past five months, up until Nov. 25, the road had been closed to southbound traffic but open to northbound traffic for construction.

“We’re glad that it’s open,” said Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett. “This road wasn’t even supposed to be done for another 18 months, but for the ingenuity of our team, the financial position of the city and the collaborative relationship with the Road Commission, we were able to get this road done, get some some additional funding from Lansing and forward the funds to be paid back later. This is an example of collaboration, and although everyone would have liked to have had this project done months ago, it is done a season and a half ahead of schedule.”

The project, which kicked off construction on June 21, included removing the existing concrete and replacing it with new asphalt, as well as replacing curbs and gutters, constructing Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant crosswalks, modernizing the traffic signals, and repairing retaining walls.

When Rochester Hills City Council Vice President Susan Bowyer drove on Livernois Road the day it opened — which was also the same day the city reopened Auburn Road to traffic — she noticed a big difference between the two roads.

“On Auburn Road, (I saw) tree, tree, tree, tree. On Livernois, (I saw) sign, sign, sign, sign — what a tragedy. When the city is in charge of roads, we have trees; when the county is in charge of  the road, we have sign pollution,” she said.

Barnett agreed that there are a lot of signs on Livernois.

“That’s not our road, but if you drive the wrong way on Livernois Road, shame on you. You’ll have passed 97 warnings, and I don’t know how that would be possible,” he joked. “We’ll keep our eye on that, because that is a personal passion of mine too. I’d under sign if I ran the world, but I don’t, so we have a lot of signs,” he said.  

This approximately $5.6 million project was funded with a mix of federal and local dollars. Local funding was shared by the Road Commission for Oakland County, Rochester Hills and Oakland County general government through the Tri-Party Program.

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