Roads & Construction

Published November 22, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Following the death of a Dakota High School student Nov. 4, a group of concerned parents sparked discussion for how to make Heydenreich Road safer.

The student was struck by a vehicle around 7 a.m. Nov. 4 while she was crossing Heydenreich near Vine Drive, which is in between 21 Mile and 22 Mile roads.

Citing poor lighting, a lack of connecting sidewalks and a high speed limit, Rebecca Jones, a parent to five children in Chippewa Valley Schools, started an online petition for a safer road near the high school.

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Published November 8, 2016

A plot of land along Ryan Road in Sterling Heights will remain vacant for now due to the Sterling Heights City Council’s recent split majority vote to stop a rezoning proposal for a commercial development.

During an Oct. 18 meeting, the council voted 4-3 to pass a motion to deny the introduction of a proposal to conditionally rezone a piece of land by the intersection of Ryan Road and Nathan West from R-60 residential to C-1 commercial.

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Published October 31, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 18, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved the second phase of a landscaping project that will extend landscaping on both sides of Auburn Road.

The original project was to landscape Auburn Road from Dequindre Road east to Hixson Street. Because the township received low bids for the first phase, it had extra funds and put the second phase — to landscape Auburn Road to Ryan Road — out to bid.

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Published October 28, 2016

Macomb County and its two most populated cities are uniting to raise a mound of grant money to fix Mound Road.

The Sterling Heights City Council voted unanimously in its consent agenda Oct. 18 to approve chipping in $50,000 toward a Mound Road reconstruction grant-seeking initiative.

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Published October 19, 2016

The Road Commission for Oakland County approved a $129 million budget for the 2017 fiscal year Sept. 22 that was $25 million more than last year.

Of that total budget about $64 million is slated for roadway improvements,  and $29.6 million for pothole patching, gravel road grading, and salting and plowing in the winter.

Nearly $11.2 million will be used for maintaining traffic signs and signals, pavement markings and guardrails, among other activities.

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Published October 19, 2016

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MACOMB COUNTY — The budget for the Macomb County Department of Roads is set to increase by about $26 million next year to fund several big-ticket projects throughout the county, more maintenance employees and the renovation of its service center.

The budget was discussed during an economic development meeting Oct. 11, when Bob Hoepfner, the director of the department, outlined the budget for the Macomb County Board of Commissioners.

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Published October 18, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Residents and city officials recently weighed in on a plan for a newly designed Auburn Road commercial district between Culbertson Avenue and Dequindre Road.

“We need a pick-me-up,” said Gwen Birchfield, who has lived in the area for 76 years. Birchfield attended an Auburn Road draft plan open house Oct. 10 at the Rochester Hills Department of Public Services building.

The new plan identifies areas for parks, landscaping, lighting, shops, restaurants and small businesses.

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Published October 17, 2016

FARMINGTON — Proposed changes may give Grand River Avenue the Hollywood treatment — a facelift and tummy tuck.

The Michigan Department of Transportation discussed proposed updates to the road in Farmington and what that could mean for residents during a Sept. 8 meeting at City Hall.

MDOT and city officials discussed proposed operational changes to current lanes on Grand River as part of a 2017 preventive maintenance resurfacing project, according to a press release. 

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Published October 10, 2016

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In an effort to curb aggressive, distracted and speedy driving before inclement weather and the holiday shopping season hits, police are rolling out an October campaign that includes increased signage and traffic stops along Hall Road from Utica to Chesterfield Township.

The traffic enforcement initiative also is a proactive attempt to increase safe driving before the impending Hall Road reconstruction from Delco Boulevard, just east of M-53, to Hayes Road. That reconstruction is scheduled for March to November 2017.

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Published October 6, 2016

KEEGO HARBOR — Cass Lake Road in Keego Harbor will be closed through Oct. 21 while a walking bridge is built to connect two Magnolia by the Lakes buildings. 

Councilman Rob Kalman said during a Sept. 15 City Council meeting that during this time, the construction equipment will be placed on the Magnolia premises, taking up most of the parking spots there. As a result, the city agreed to make modifications to the parking area to permit the construction equipment at Magnolia on a short-term basis. 

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Published October 5, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Potholes and sidewalk cracks don’t fix themselves.

Nearly every Michigander shares a common disdain for road conditions throughout the state, and Clinton Township is putting some control in the hands of its residents.

A citizen advisory committee was recently formed to get first-hand opinions on which township roads and sidewalks need more attention.

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Published October 5, 2016

The city of Troy will clear county roadways of ice and snow again this winter.

The City Council unanimously approved an agreement with the Road Commission for Oakland County Sept. 19 as part of the consent agenda.

The council has approved contracts with the Road Commission to plow county roads since 2001.

City crews and contractors clear 80 miles of county roads.

The city will maintain nine county roads under the contract:

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Published October 4, 2016

Slab replacement and upgrades to subdivision and major roadways will stretch farther than planned after the Troy City Council approved an additional $2.6 million for this year’s projects.

The council unanimously approved $1.8 million for local and major road concrete slab replacement, and $800,000 for major road asphalt overlays at its Sept. 26 meeting.

Last spring, the council approved $2.4 million for improvements to local roads as part of the 2016-17 city budget, renewing DeLisio Construction’s contract for two years at current pricing levels.

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Published September 26, 2016

BERKLEY — The Oakland County Board of Commissioners awarded the city of Berkley $15,000 for its project to complete the resurfacing of Coolidge Highway.

The Berkley City Council authorized the agreement at its Sept. 19 meeting.

The total project costs for the Coolidge construction are expected to total $250,000, while the construction itself is to cost around $200,000 when the bids go out. The project costs include $34,000 from a contract with engineering firm Hubbell, Roth & Clark Inc. to design the project.

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Published September 26, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley City Council on Sept. 19 approved awarding a contract to a Warren company to repair some pavement in the city.
In unanimous agreement, the council awarded a contract not to exceed $100,000 to SJR Pavement Repair Inc. to repair cracks and potholes on streets, sidewalks and alleys in the city. The council in the same motion also agreed to pay $3,000 to engineering firm Hubbell, Roth & Clark Inc. for construction engineering services.

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Published September 26, 2016

BERKLEY — The Regional Transit Authority has been making the rounds around the local counties to spread information about the upcoming vote in November on its public transit millage.

Recently, RTA Planning and Financial Analysis Manager Ben Stupka came before the Berkley City Council at its Sept. 19 meeting to present to the council and residents information about the RTA’s master plan.

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Published September 21, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Grosse Pointe Shores residents who have been living with construction for the last several months will have to endure it a bit longer, but there does appear to be light at the end of this tunnel.

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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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