Rochester Hills residents invited to share input on transportation master plan

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published December 19, 2020

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ROCHESTER HILLS — Residents of Rochester Hills are invited to give their two cents on the city’s new transportation master plan during a virtual meeting Jan. 7.

City Engineer and Department of Public Services Deputy Director Paul Davis said a transportation master plan is a review of the city’s entire transportation system — including vehicles, pedestrian use, safety and congestion — that provides recommendations for accommodating future growth and trends.

“Many corridor projects take significant planning and they are very costly to do. We just need to prioritize where the needs in the community are. That’s the intent of this,” Davis said.  

The city’s last transportation master plan was approved in 2008, so Davis said it’s time for an update.

“We’re going to be focusing on what new technology we should be anticipating and maybe starting to incorporate for the roadway network. There’s been a lot of discussion about how quickly autonomous vehicles are progressing. Driverless accommodations and some of that technology might require us to revise some of our pavement striping or signs that we do, or even other items that might be beneficial to interact with the vehicles on our roadway network. That didn’t really come up at the last study. In fact, I don’t even remember Uber or Lyft being a consideration in the last study, so there are some changes in roadway use and items that can be used by other people to get from point A to point B that weren’t even available back in 2008 or even considered,” he said.

The plan identifies strategies to improve traffic, traffic signal technologies, street and intersection redesign options, and non-motorized improvements, and also highlights key corridors in the city to help improve safety for all users — walkers, bicyclists and vehicles.

“We’re going to focus on the Livernois corridor and see what should be done there. There has also been discussion about the Adams corridor, between Hamlin and Walton, but we are reviewing the entire city in the plan,” Davis explained. “The study is about a yearlong endeavor, and we did have probably a three-month delay because of COVID-19.”

The city is now in the third phase of the process, developing plan recommendations and priorities.

“As part of it, we’re hosting meetings for the public so that they can provide input,” Davis said.

The first virtual public workshop, which was recorded and is currently available to view on the city’s website, was held Nov. 9.

The final virtual public workshop will be held on Zoom at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7 at https://mksk.zoom.us/j/97324578303. For more information and to gain access to the workshop, visit www.rochesterhills.org. The final meeting will also be recorded, so those who are unable to attend live can listen to the presentations and discussion on the city’s website. An online survey will also be available after the workshop.

“We greatly appreciate the input and we look forward to moving through the process and completing the plan,” Rochester Hills Public Services Director Allan Schneck said.

The plan is expected to be complete in late January 2021.

For more information, visit www.rochesterhills.org.

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