Roads & Construction

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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Published June 15, 2016

ROCHESTER — Summer in Michigan typically means a lot of road construction, but city officials say Rochester will escape such projects — at least for this summer.

Rochester Department of Public Works Director David Anason said those who come to the city won’t have to battle many traffic cones.

“You won’t see many road closures this summer at all,” he said. “You will just see a small lane closure every once in a while, here and there, for us to repair a curb or something like that.”

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Published June 14, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Sometimes, there are just no good options.

The Birmingham City Commission voted unanimously May 23 to move forward this summer with a repaving project on Villa Road, which residents requested by petition last fall.

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Published June 8, 2016

FERNDALE — With summer almost upon us, now is the time when cities begin construction to repair or replace roads.

While some municipalities in the Woodward Talk’s coverage area have no summer construction planned, such as Huntington Woods and Pleasant Ridge, Berkley is getting ready with plans for work and Ferndale has one street currently undergoing construction.

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Published June 8, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The money is dried up and roads just keep getting worse.

That was the crux of the argument made by Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon, who on June 1 announced that the township will form a citizen advisory committee on township-based roads.

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Published June 8, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Winter and road construction.

It sometimes seems as if there are only two seasons in Michigan, and for some residents, this year will be no different.

Construction began earlier this season on Frazho west of Little Mack, where the road is being reconstructed and a new water main installed, said Community Development and Inspection Director Chris Rayes. 

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Published June 7, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan recently unveiled a long-term, comprehensive plan designed to connect residents in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties through public transit.

At 10 a.m. May 31 on the campus of Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, officials from the RTA — a board created by the Michigan Legislature in 2012 to plan for and coordinate public transit in southeast Michigan — revealed the plan in front of a large crowd.

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Published June 1, 2016

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ROCHESTER HILLS/TROY — The first phase of a multiyear Dequindre reconstruction project is slated to begin this year.

“This is right near Beaumont Hospital, traveling north through the intersection of South Boulevard, underneath the viaduct to Burning Bush to the north,” said Rochester Hills Department of Public Services Director Allan Schneck.

According to Road Commission for Oakland County officials, Utica Road, at Dequindre, will close for approximately four weeks. Start and completion dates and detour routes are yet to be announced.

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Published May 27, 2016

WARREN — Motorists heading in any direction through Warren can expect to find roads lined with orange barrels in the weeks to come.

Delays are sure to follow for drivers, but officials said the projects will give much-needed attention to roadways in obvious need.

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Published May 25, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The first phase of a multiyear Dequindre reconstruction project is slated to begin sometime this year between Burning Bush and Utica Road.

“This is right near Beaumont Hospital, traveling north through the intersection of South Boulevard, underneath the viaduct to Burning Bush to the north,” said Rochester Hills Department of Public Services Director Allan Schneck.

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Published May 24, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The city still has some street repairs planned for the summer construction season, but it is focusing more of its efforts on sewer and water line repairs and replacements.

Tony Pry, Eastpointe’s Department of Public Works supervisor, said Eastpointe has plans to resurface Roxanna and Johnston streets between 10 Mile and Stephens roads this summer. The work will take place sometime after July 1 — when the next city budget goes into effect — but Pry said no specific times have been set in stone yet.

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Published May 24, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Road Commission for Oakland County is now slated to fix the Putnam bridge — which was closed Jan. 22 due to deterioration —  after the boating season. 

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Published May 18, 2016

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Saying it would set a terrible precedent, the Troy City Council nixed a developer’s request that the city construct and assess costs for a $91,000 roadway.

The council voted 6-0 to deny the request of Michael Lamb, of Orion Homes, and two other property owners for a special assessment district to pave 220 feet to extend Cherry Drive. Councilman Jim Campbell was absent.

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Published May 18, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Ric-Man Construction resumed final paving operations along 24 Mile Road April 18 and appears to be on schedule to finish the 7-mile water main project by the end of June.

“I think all of the full closures are all done with right now,” Shelby Township Deputy Supervisor Brad Bates said. “A traffic crew is out there doing traffic control, so they can do paving without shutting down the road.”

He said the paving process is progressing quickly, with crews working on a different spot each day.

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Published May 12, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Road Commission for Oakland County is preparing to rehabilitate 1.8 miles of Maple Road, and the project will be split into two phases.

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