Public meeting held for Livernois reconstruction project

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published April 24, 2019

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ROCHESTER HILLS — The Road Commission for Oakland County will begin reconstructing Livernois Road between Avon Road and just north of Walton Boulevard this summer.

“We have been working toward this goal for a number of years now,” said Craig Bryson, the spokesperson for the Road Commission.

Last year, he said, the Road Commission performed heavy maintenance work to keep the road drivable until the 2019 reconstruction.

“The road was so old, at least 20 years old, and had become very deteriorated in recent years — especially at the north end, toward Walton Boulevard,” Bryson said. “We knew the funding would be available this year, so last year, as a stopgap measure, because it had become so bad, we went in and did some heavy maintenance just to get us by temporarily until we got to the point where we could do the full reconstruction.”

Construction on the approximately $5.6 million project will begin in June and run through November.

Bryson said crews will remove the existing concrete, replace curbs and gutters, pave with asphalt, construct Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant crosswalks, modernize traffic signals, upgrade the guardrail, and repair the retaining walls in the area.

During construction, Livernois will be closed to southbound traffic, but it will remain open for northbound traffic. The detour for southbound traffic will be Tienken Road to Adams Road to Avon Road, and back to Livernois.

To learn more about the project, the public is invited to drop in to an open-house-style meeting hosted by Road Commission officials anytime between 4 and 7 p.m. May 2 at Rochester Hills City Hall, 1000 Rochester Drive.

“There’s not going to be a formal presentation, but our staff will be there to share drawings, answer questions, talk about the project, and give any other information that we can,” Bryson said.

Rochester Hills Public Services Director Allan Schneck said the project is funded with a mix of federal and local dollars, with local funding shared by the Road Commission, Rochester Hills and Oakland County through the Tri-Party Program. Although the project initially received $3.6 million in federal funds for construction in 2021, Schneck said the city approached the Road Commission to consider an advanced construction date due to the poor condition of the road.

“They were welcome to that idea, but if that was to occur, the city would have to front the federal portion. So we are doing that. That’s why the project is being delivered in 2019 versus 2021,” he said. “In advanced constructing it, you get a couple of benefits. You get a better ride quality. Doing it two years earlier, there may be possible better pricing, and it’s just less maintenance that the Road Commission for Oakland County has to do on that road.”

Schneck asked that motorists be patient during construction.

“We understand that there is going to be an inconvenience, but again, I look at these projects as a short-term inconvenience for a long-term gain,” he said.

For project meeting information and updates, visit www.rcocweb.org/485/Livernois-Road.

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