Roadwork on South Boulevard to start in July

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published March 29, 2017

 This stretch of roadway on South Boulevard, between Livernois and Crooks roads, will be milled off and overlaid with pavement this summer.

This stretch of roadway on South Boulevard, between Livernois and Crooks roads, will be milled off and overlaid with pavement this summer.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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TROY — South Boulevard will be resurfaced from Crooks to Livernois roads and from John R to Dequindre roads through a cost-sharing agreement between Oakland County and Rochester Hills.

The Troy City Council approved the agreement with the Road Commission for Oakland County 5-0 March 20. Councilmen Ethan Baker and Dave Henderson were absent.

Rochester Hills will execute a separate cost-sharing agreement with the commission.

Troy City Engineer Steve Vandette said the project involves milling off part of the existing pavement and overlaying it with asphalt. The pedestrian crossings will be upgraded to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

Vandette said it is a continuation of the work done last year on South Boulevard from Livernois to John R roads and the replacement of the intersection of South Boulevard and Rochester Road.

“That road has been a disaster for years,” said Troy City Councilman Ed Pennington.

Vandette told the council that work is set to start on the John R to Dequindre section by mid-June, to be finished by mid-July. He said that segment will be done first to avoid any conflict with an ongoing Dequindre reconstruction project.

The second phase of the Dequindre project spans from Beaumont Hospital, Troy, to Long Lake Road. Construction on the Crooks to Livernois Road section of South Boulevard is scheduled to start in mid-July and to be done in late August to avoid conflicts with the start of school, Vandette said.

Vandette said that the $1.718 million cost for the South Boulevard projects will be split equally, with Troy’s portion being $572,667, which is included in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 Troy city budgets.

“We were the lead agency on the design work,” Vandette said. “The Road Commission for Oakland County will be doing the inspection, testing and contract administration.”

Craig Bryson, public information officer for the Road Commission, explained that the commission instituted the Tri-Party Program cost agreements a number of years ago.

“It allows communities to leverage more than their one-third share, help to choose the RCOC projects and identify where they want to spend money,” Bryson said. “It allows a lot of things to get done that otherwise would not get done.”

“Great work,” said Troy Mayor Dane Slater of the cost-sharing agreement.

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