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Road Commission for Oakland County rolls out overlay

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published March 5, 2019

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TROY — Road Commission for Oakland County officials recently approved three roadway projects slated for this summer that should yield gain with minimal pain.

The RCOC Board of Commissioners approved the agency’s largest-ever contract for simple resurfacing — $25 million — on Feb. 21.

“This board is committed to doing everything we can, with the resources available, to improve the roads,” stated RCOC Chairman Greg Jamian in a prepared statement. “We believe the preservation overlay program is the best bang for the dollars and the best way to improve as many roads as possible as quickly as we can.”

The projects slated for Troy roadways are: 1 1/2 miles on South Boulevard from Interstate 75 to Adams Road, 1 1/2 miles on Square Lake Road from the Interstate 75 ramp to Adams Road, and 1 1/4 miles on Adams Road from the Birmingham city limit to Wattles Road.

Work will take place in the spring and summer.

Craig Bryson, spokesman for the RCOC, explained that the RCOC does not have a detailed schedule yet.

“The good thing is that the projects are real quick, three days of actual work for two weeks total (prep work and finishing),” he said.

Bryson said the construction work will entail milling off sections of bad pavement, curbs and/or joints and replacing that with 2 inches of new asphalt, which should last for five to 10 years.

He added that the projects are short enough in duration.

“We think we can fit this around I-75,” he said.

The $224 million second phase of the I-75 modernization project will reconstruct 20 bridges and add a high-occupancy vehicle, or carpool, lane, in effect 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. weekdays, with three enforcement zones in Troy.

Carpool parking lots will be constructed at 12 Mile Road and Adams Road. Interchanges will also be reconfigured.

Crews are scheduled to begin prep work on the southbound lanes at the beginning of this month.

Traffic will be diverted to the southbound lanes when the work to replace the concrete begins on the northbound lanes in mid-to-late March.

Work on the northbound lanes is slated to be finished in late November. Both sides of the freeway will be open during the winter months until work begins on the southbound lanes and traffic is diverted to the newly constructed northbound lanes in 2020.