One lane of traffic is maintained each way on Dequindre Road, at Burningbush Drive, during road construction.

One lane of traffic is maintained each way on Dequindre Road, at Burningbush Drive, during road construction.

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Roadwork and roadblocks continue

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published August 8, 2018

Motorists are facing detours and traffic snarls while crews work through aggressive schedules during the short road construction season. 

While work on Long Lake Road, between Corporate and Tower drives, wrapped up in July, a week ahead of schedule, work continues on South Boulevard, and Dequindre and Adams roads. 

South Boulevard, and Long Lake, John R, Big Beaver, Crooks, Livernois, Maple, Dequindre and Adams roads are all county roads. 

Work on Livernois Road, between Maple and Big Beaver roads, was scheduled to start Aug. 7 and be completed in mid-September. 

That stretch of highway carries approximately 20,000 vehicles per day.  

“It was in such horrendous condition this spring (that) we went to the Road Commission for Oakland County,” said Troy City Engineer Bill Huotari. 

The city, the Road Commission and Oakland County will split the $580,047 cost to mill and resurface that stretch of roadway. Two-way traffic will be maintained. 

Work on the South Boulevard resurfacing, between Coolidge Highway and Crooks Road, continues. The roadway will be partially reconstructed and resurfaced between Adams Road and Coolidge Highway. 

As part of the South Boulevard project, the Borden Drain culvert will be replaced, and Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalks, crosswalks and pedestrian signals will be installed. 

Eastbound South Boulevard remains closed from Coolidge Highway to Adams Road. Westbound lanes were scheduled to reopen Aug. 3. Craig Bryson, spokesman for the Road Commission, said that portion of the project is two weeks behind schedule. 

The $2.4 million South Boulevard project is expected to finish up in mid-September. 

The cost will be shared by the Road Commission, the cities of Troy and Rochester Hills, and Oakland County through the Tri-Party program. In Oakland County’s Tri-Party local road improvement program, cities, villages and townships share one-third of the cost of a local road project with the county government and the Road Commission for Oakland County.

The suggested detour is South Boulevard to Squirrel Road to Square Lake Road to Crooks Road, then back to South Boulevard. 

Adams Road was scheduled to close to southbound traffic from South Boulevard to Square Lake Road Aug. 8 until the project is completed in late October. One northbound lane will remain open.

The $2.1 million Adams Road project also includes drainage improvements, shoulder widening and upgrades to traffic signals. 

Of the $2.1 million, $1.7 million is federally funded. The Road Commission will fund the remaining 20 percent. 

Adams Road should be open to two-way traffic by late October.    Bryson said the Adams Road project is on schedule. 

Dequindre Road is being widened to five lanes from Burningbush Drive to Long Lake Road. 

The $16.5 million cost is 80 percent federally funded. The cities of Troy and Sterling Heights, the Macomb County Department of Roads, and the Road Commission for Oakland County will split the remainder. 

The east half of the Square Lake Road and Dequindre Road intersection is scheduled to close Aug. 10. Traffic will be maintained on Dequindre Road and westbound Square Lake Road —  but not eastbound Square Lake Road. It is expected to reopen in early September.

Bryson said the work is on schedule and should be finished by November. 

Work on John R Road, from Long Lake Road to South Boulevard, won’t start until fall due to the widening of Dequindre from Long Lake Road to Ranieri Drive, Huotari said. 

Troy is responsible for preliminary engineering, design and property acquisition on the federally funded, $16.6 million project. Troy’s share is about $3.9 million. 

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