Roads & Construction

Published September 19, 2016

Drivers, expect delays through October due to M-5 ramp closures.

Ramp closures began Sept. 19 and will end Oct. 9 at westbound I-696 to northbound M-5, the westbound M-5 ramp to northbound M-5, and the northbound I-275 connector to northbound M-5.

“Drivers who normally use east 96 to north M-5 will also see big delays because of the additional traffic volumes joining them from the westbound detour,” MDOT spokeswoman Diane Cross stated recently in an email.

South M-5 and the ramps for south M-5 are open, she added.

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Published September 14, 2016

LANSING — State legislation has been introduced in an effort to further reduce distracted driving caused by the use of cellphones and portable electronic devices. 

Jim Santilli, CEO of the Traffic Improvement Association, and state Rep. Martin Howrylak, R-Troy, announced Sept. 6 that they had introduced a bill that would greatly expand upon the current state law, which only applies to texting while driving.

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Published September 13, 2016

ORCHARD LAKE/SYLVAN LAKE/KEEGO HARBOR — The Oakland County Board of Commissioners recently announced that the cities of Orchard Lake, Sylvan Lake and Keego Harbor have received funding for local road improvement projects.

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Published September 7, 2016

HUNTINGTON WOODS/PLEASANT RIDGE — Two local cities recently received funding from Oakland County to complete road projects on several streets.

Huntington Woods and Pleasant Ridge received thousands of dollars to do reconstruction and concrete repairs, respectively.

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Published September 7, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — The Oakland County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to fund local road projects in Farmington and Farmington Hills recently.

Through the Local Road Improvement Pilot Program, Farmington will match the $11,642 it received from the county, for a total of $23,284 for road improvements. 

Farmington Hills will match the $100,746 it received, spending the $201,492 on a citywide concrete and asphalt road maintenance program. 

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Published September 6, 2016

FERNDALE — The city of Ferndale launched a new website earlier this month that deals with business and residential parking.

The new website, located at www.parkferndale.com, allows people to view an interactive map of parking spots, pay a parking ticket, subscribe to any alerts about parking, and send in any unanswered questions they might have.

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Published August 31, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley City Council agreed unanimously Aug. 15 to approve an engineering firm to complete work on resurfacing Coolidge Highway.

The project, which stretches from 11 Mile to 12 Mile roads, is to correct some long-line intersection problems on Coolidge. It will cost the city $34,000 and be completed by Hubbell, Roth & Clark Inc.

Director of Public Works Derrick Schueller said at the meeting that a study was done on the road, and they found that the left turn lanes at the intersections are not the appropriate length.

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Published August 31, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The city is inviting community members to a special forum this fall focused on the continuation of creating a bicycle-friendly city.

The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m Oct. 3 at a to-be-determined location and will focus on the city’s ongoing efforts to create a year-round walkable and bikeable city, with the main focus on cycling.

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Published August 31, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 16, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved a Hayes Road paving project, as well as several smaller residential paving projects.

The Hayes project will focus on a 0.6-mile unpaved section of Hayes Road, from 300 feet north of 25 Mile Road to the middle branch of the Clinton River. The residential paving projects will include various neighborhood streets in the southwest corner of the township.

The Macomb County Department of Roads will complete all of the roadwork, weather permitting, before the end of the year.

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Published August 31, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 16, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously authorized the township engineer to proceed with contracting repairs on defective sidewalks.

As part of the township’s sidewalk maintenance program, the township’s engineering firm canvassed the township and identified portions of sidewalk that had to be repaired by the township in green, and portions that had to be repaired by residents in orange.

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Published August 29, 2016

City officials expect North Main Street to reopen early this week after a large sinkhole shut down the roadway just north of 12 Mile Road.

“We’re hoping that we can get it completed today,” said Royal Oak Department of Public Works Director Greg Rassel on Monday, Aug. 29. “Because of the size of the job, we needed to bring our contractor in with larger equipment than what we have to complete the repair.”

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Published August 24, 2016

An industrial road that gets a lot of traffic and is the route to reach over 40 businesses received unexpected funding for an upgrade through a new county program.

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Commissioners Robert Gosselin, R-Troy; Wade Fleming, R-Troy; and Gary McGillivray, D-Madison Heights, to secure $108,106 in funding for a road project in Troy. Oakland County’s contribution will be put toward the completion of an estimated $216,211 project to replace concrete slab on Souter Drive.

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Published August 23, 2016

BERKLEY — The north and south sides of Robina Avenue connected to 12 Mile Road will be closed temporarily to perform a traffic study on the area for a possible plaza area.

The closure, which the City Council approved at its Aug. 15 meeting, will take place from Sept. 19 to Nov. 18 to allow for a traffic study to learn how the area would be affected if a plaza were installed in the area.

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Published August 23, 2016

BERKLEY — The north and south sides of Robina Avenue connected to 12 Mile Road will be closed temporarily to perform a traffic study on the area for a possible plaza area.

The closure, which the City Council approved at its Aug. 15 meeting, will take place from Sept. 19 to Nov. 18 to allow for a traffic study to learn how the area would be affected if a plaza were installed in the area.

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Published August 17, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Late-season road construction is coming to Macomb Township.

A pair of cost-sharing agreements for two road projects in Macomb Township were approved by the township’s Board of Trustees during an Aug. 10 meeting.

The construction of a roundabout located at the eastern leg of the 25 Mile Road and Romeo Plank intersection is set to proceed, along with the paving of Hayes Road between 25 Mile and 26 Mile roads.

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Published August 15, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Interstate 75 modernization project — an effort more than 20 years in the making — is scheduled to finally kick off this week with construction between South Boulevard and Coolidge Highway.

But Bloomfield Township residents who live alongside the freeway are anxious about more than just the orange barrels that will come with the work. They’re upset about the fact that noise walls aren’t on the to-do list for the Michigan Department of Transportation.

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Published August 9, 2016

TROY — Total reconstruction of a 50-year-old freeway will start the week of Aug. 15 and likely snarl traffic through a busy stretch of Interstate 75.

The daily traffic count on the stretch of I-75 from Coolidge Highway to South Boulevard varies and can be as high as 150,000 vehicles northbound and southbound, said Rob Morosi, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Transportation.

MDOT planned to host an informational meeting on the first segment of construction Aug. 10 at the Troy Community Center.

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Published August 8, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Normally, orange barrels, the harbingers of road construction, are a pain for drivers to see.

But for some residents near Cass, Colfax Street and Eight Mile Road, the lack of barrels and signs in late July caused chaos after drivers tried to drive into neighborhoods where roads were closed, and some drivers used private driveways and lawns to turn around. 

With signs now in place, some of them handmade, and barricades at driveway entrances, residents might be able to breathe easier.

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Published August 3, 2016

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FARMINGTON HILLS/SOUTHFIELD — Oakland County roads, like many other roads in the state, have seen their fair share of bumps and bruises. 

That’s why the Road Commission for Oakland County will spray patch roughly 60 lane miles on 12 Mile Road, between Telegraph Road and Orchard Lake Road, in Farmington Hills and Southfield — to smooth out bumpy rides, according to a press release.

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Published August 3, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On July 19, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved a project to resurface Lakeside Boulevard from Hayes Road to Market Street, as well as several smaller asphalt and concrete road projects in residential areas.

Each project will be financed with money from the township’s local road paving fund and the Macomb County Department of Roads. All projects are slated to conclude before Nov. 1.

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