Road Commission resumes construction on Walton

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published March 27, 2019

 Crews are working to resurface Walton Boulevard between Squirrel and Adams roads through June.

Crews are working to resurface Walton Boulevard between Squirrel and Adams roads through June.

Photo provided by the Road Commission for Oakland County

ROCHESTER HILLS — The Road Commission for Oakland County is back on Walton Boulevard in the hopes of wrapping up a road project that started last year.

Project engineer Jerry Jehle said construction on Walton, between Squirrel and Adams roads in Rochester Hills and Auburn Hills, resumed March 25.

“This year we are going to do an asphalt overlay,” said Jehle.

The approximately $6.9 million project — funded mostly by the Road Commission, with additional funding from the city of Auburn Hills — began last spring, when crews replaced three large culverts located over creeks and streams that branch off from the Clinton River.

“They were in poor condition,” said Jehle.

Craig Bryson, a spokesman for the Road Commission, said the three large, deep culverts — which he described as big metal tubes that carry water under the road — were located 30 feet below the road surface. They were replaced with concrete “box” culverts.

“It was a very major project to dig out and replace all three of those culverts. That was the main impetus for the project, because those culverts were failing, and if they failed, the road would collapse. Obviously, we didn’t want that to happen,” Bryson said. “While we were at it — since we had to tear up the pavement to do that, and the pavement was not in great shape — we decided to include resurfacing the entire section as part of the project. That’s what’s left to do this year.”

On March 25, the contractor, Z Contractors of Shelby Township, began preparation work for median restoration and resurfacing work on Walton, from Squirrel to Adams, including the Walton Boulevard and Squirrel Road intersection.

“There’s going to be some curb repair, and then we are going to mill and then overlay,” said Jehle.

The project will also include the placement of Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalks and crosswalks.

The construction will require single lane closures in each direction, according to Bryson, who said two-way traffic will be maintained throughout the project. He said all side street and driveway access will be maintained.

The project is expected to be complete in June.

For more information, including project meeting information and updates, visit www.rcocweb.org/456/Walton-Blvd.