RCOC details summer Lahser construction

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published March 28, 2017

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SOUTHFIELD — You may have to dodge a few orange barrels on Lahser this summer, but your car’s suspension will thank you once construction wraps up, according to the Road Commission for Oakland County.

In a news release, Road Commission spokesperson Cindy Dingell said the commission plans to spend more than $66 million on road projects this season.

One of the projects of note, Dingell said, is the reconstruction of Lahser Road between Civic Center Drive and the Lodge/M-10.

The road, which is particularly bumpy from patch work and potholes, will be getting a total makeover, according to Craig Bryson, public information officer for the Road Commission.

“It’s a complete reconstruction, so they’ll tear out and completely remove the existing road and completely rebuild it,” Bryson said. “They’ll reconstruct it in the same footprint that’s already there.”

Crews will close half of the road at a time, so drivers can expect some traffic and delays while the project is underway, Bryson said. The road won’t completely close, so there’s no need to look out for detour signs, Bryson said.

“That doesn’t mean people can’t find alternative routes. It’s certainly going to be more congested,” he said.

The project is slated to start at some point over the summer, Bryson said, but Road Commission officials don’t have an exact date yet.

The projected cost for the project, Dingell said in the release, is $1.3 million.

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

“The improving economy continues to bring more people back to work, putting more traffic on our road system that has been underfunded for decades. Good roads continue to impact quality of life and help our business community continue to thrive,” he said in a prepared statement.