New construction season poised to begin

By: Eric Czarnik | C&G Newspapers | Published March 23, 2015

 Construction barrels will be popping up all over town really soon.

Construction barrels will be popping up all over town really soon.

The spring starts a new season of construction, but awareness could keep drivers from being barraged by sights of barrels during their commutes — or at least let them plan for a longer drive.

Oakland and Macomb counties’ road commissions have announced several upcoming projects for the spring and beyond.

According to Bob Hoepfner, director of the Macomb County Department of Roads, his agency plans to do about $42 million in roadwork this construction season.

“On average, we like to do $40 million of construction every year,” he said.

That total will include finishing reconstruction work on Van Dyke from 25 Mile to 26 Mile roads, as well as on Hayes Road between 21 and 23 Mile roads, he said.

Hoepfner said the roads department also has a scheduled reconstruction project on Metropolitan Parkway between Groesbeck Highway and Gratiot Avenue.

“We hope to have a project on North Avenue between M-59 and 21 Mile Road, widening that to five lanes,” he added. “We’re going to pave a portion of Luchtman (Road) from 25 to 26 Mile.”

Hoefpner also said the roads department’s concrete pavement repair work will happen on Garfield Road from Millar Road to 17 Mile Road, as well as on northbound Mound Road from 19 Mile Road to M-59. It also plans to resurface Mound Road from Rinke Avenue to I-696, he said.
According to Hoepfner, motorists may visit the roads department’s website to see more roadwork details.

“We update weekly for any major changes that we know,” he said.

At the Road Commission for Oakland County, spokesman Craig Bryson said he expects to have a final list of projects available soon, adding that the list is “literally changing by the minute.”

He said his road commission also plans to spend millions of dollars during its construction season, which is estimated to last from April 15-Nov. 15.

“It’s going to be somewhere closer to $50 (million),” he said.

Bryson said the agency could confirm a few projects, such as two on Tienken Road in Rochester Hills. One involves closing off and widening a section of Tienken between Livernois and Rochester roads to three lanes, as well as adding a final layer of asphalt to a roundabout. This project is expected to begin in March, he said.

Starting in June, the second Tienken project will close the road between Livernois and Adams Road for resurfacing, he said.

In addition, in Beverly Hills and Bloomfield Township, Lahser Road will be resurfaced between 13 Mile and Maple roads, Hoepfner said.

And along the West Bloomfield and Farmington Hills border, road crews will install a roundabout at 14 Mile and Orchard Lake roads.
“That will involve a variety of closures in various phases of the project,” he said.

Learn more about the Macomb County Department of Roads by visiting www.rcmcweb.org or by calling (586) 463-8671. Learn more about the Road Commission for Oakland County by visiting www.rcocweb.org or by calling (877) 858-4804.