Roads & Construction

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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Published July 29, 2016

CENTER LINE — A utility contractor wasn’t responsible for a water line breach that closed a section of 10 Mile Road for several hours on July 20. That’s because the line wasn’t marked with above-ground flags, and it wasn’t on the most recent blueprints of underground utilities.

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Published July 20, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — A little data seems to go a long way.

Last June, when civil engineer Mike Labadie pitched the idea to the Birmingham City Commission to put West Maple Road on a “road diet” between Southfield and Cranbrook, residents were far from pleased.

One homeowner even launched a petition to amend the city charter to prevent that stretch of Maple from ever being reconfigured from its original four-lane setup. The amendment suggestion eventually failed with voters by 61 percent.

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Published July 14, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Michigan Department of Transportation is proceeding with plans to widen and improve Interstate 75 from Hazel Park to Auburn Hills, and the communities adjacent to the project area are still on the hook, following the governor’s veto of a bill that would have spared them from having to pay.

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Published July 13, 2016

TROY — The mild winter put money back in the city budget for needed road improvements this summer. 

Each year, the city of Troy removes snow on county roads through an agreement with the Road Commission of Oakland County. The city has approved contracts with the RCOC to plow county roads for the past 14 years. 

Last October, the Troy City Council unanimously approved a contract whereby the RCOC would reimburse the city $274,660 for work completed. 

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Published July 13, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Summer road construction season continues.

Avon Road is currently closed to all traffic at Rochester Road until late August.

The $1.4 million Michigan Department of Transportation two-stage project will reconstruct the intersection and upgrade traffic signals.

“That intersection is in desperate need of rehabilitation,” Rochester Hills Department of Public Services Director Allan Schneck said.

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Published July 12, 2016

GROSSE POINTES WOODS — Crews from DTE Energy began construction July 11 at the intersection of Vernier Road and Mack Avenue, as the city of Grosse Pointe Woods continues with its Gas Renewal Program.

According to a memorandum from City Administrator Bruce Smith, construction will take place in all four corners of the intersection and should be completed by Aug. 8. 

“We got barrels and barricades up already,” Smith said Monday. 

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Published July 12, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A trash hauler dumped approximately 50 gallons of hydraulic fluid at the intersection of Kimberly Fair and Sussex Fair streets at 12:20 p.m. July 6.

No injuries or threats of contamination to drains or waterways were reported, a police report states.

The trash hauler had broken its hydraulic line while collecting trash, the report states.

Rochester Hills firefighters contained the spill, and a private environmental cleanup company added an absorbent material to reclaim the hydraulic fluid.

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Published July 6, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — It’s not just the freeways that get a facelift during the summer months. Local roads soon will be getting some work done as well.

As of press time, Grosse Pointe Farms Public Service Director Terry Brennan said by email that local street repairs will be starting July 18 on Stephens Road between Ridge Road and Charlevoix Avenue, on Touraine Road between Williams Road and Beaupre Avenue, and on Cloverly Road between Charlevoix and Beaupre. 

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Published July 6, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Construction season is upon us.

In the case of Clinton Township, it’s not just heavily-traversed main roads that will be rehabilitated.

The long-awaited Civic Center parking lot project is set to commence soon, and officials are notifying members of the community how they can get to and from the township epicenter.

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Published July 1, 2016

Road crews are making progress on the path to smoother major and local roads in Sterling Heights, according to city officials.

At the June 21 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool said repairs on Ryan Road, between 15 Mile Road and Metropolitan Parkway, are getting started, and the work will get rid of old concrete and replace it with fresh material.

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Published June 29, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS —The Adams Road bridge over the Clinton River will be closed to all traffic beginning July 11.

The preventative maintenance project on Adams, north of Hamlin Road, aims to prolong the life of the bridge.

“It was built in 1959,” said Road Commission for Oakland County Public Information Officer Craig Bryson.

“The bridge carries 23,000 vehicles a day on that road,” Bryson said. “The hope is that we do the preventative maintenance now and do not have to replace it.” 

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Published June 29, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Local officials are launching a campaign to encourage drivers, motorcyclists, boaters and pedestrians to travel safely during the summer. 

The Farmington Hills Police Department and the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning joined forces for the second year in a row for the summerlong traffic safety campaign, Michigan Summer of Safety.

“(We’re) asking folks to take safety along for the ride by driving and boating sober,” Lt. Paul Nicholas said recently.

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Published June 27, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Eight Mile Road has been the backdrop to Shirley Burch’s life ever since she was a girl growing up on the east side of Detroit in the 1940s.

Burch has lived in the area of Eight Mile and Dequindre for the past 50 years and spreads the message that Detroit and its suburbs can accomplish more together than alone.

“The more we do things together, we are enhancing (the community),” Burch said recently.

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Published June 22, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Department of Civil Rights has released a new communication tool that will ease communication between law enforcement and individuals who are deaf or have partial hearing loss. 

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Published June 21, 2016

Legislation that would change the requirement of how cities and villages reimburse the Michigan Department of Transportation for road repairs in their jurisdictions cleared both the state House and Senate and now awaits consideration by Gov. Rick Snyder.

State Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, sponsored Senate Bill 557.

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Published June 17, 2016

Students may be on summer break, but road crews plan to continue construction work on major roads inside or bordering Sterling Heights.

At a June 7 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool gave an update on roadwork at two thoroughfares in the city.

The Van Dyke Avenue project, which lasted for much of 2015 and spanned between 18 Mile to south of 15 Mile, is proceeding and is in its final phase. He said two Van Dyke intersections, at Metropolitan Parkway and at 18 Mile Road, are being wrapped up.

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