Roundabout construction will close Adams at Gunn

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published March 27, 2019

 Construction of an Adams and Gunn roads roundabout is slated to begin in June.

Construction of an Adams and Gunn roads roundabout is slated to begin in June.

Photo by Linda Shepard

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — An upcoming roundabout project at Adams and Gunn roads will involve an estimated three-month road closure.

“It will be constructed between June and August of 2019,” Oakland Township Supervisor Mike Bailey said. “The intersection will be closed, and traffic will be redirected.”

Road Commission for Oakland County officials aim to build the roundabout this year for $2 million, to be paid for with a combination of federal, county and township funds.

“Our share is $500,000,” Bailey said.  

Delta Kelly Elementary School is located on the northwest corner of the Adams and Gunn intersection, which sees 14,000 cars per day. A steep hill impedes visibility. Oakland Township Manager Dale Stuart said the intersection has been identified as a key safety item. Currently, the intersection includes a four-way stop.

“The Road Commission decided the best solution for our most dangerous intersection is a roundabout,” Bailey said, “to eliminate high-speed, T-bone accidents.”

Ten crashes and 11 injuries at the intersection within a one-year period initiated the installation of a four-way stop in 2017, Road Commission officials said.

“The roundabout acts as a traffic calmer,” Andrew Peters, a Road Commission civil engineer, said last year. “We had to do something to control the severe crashes there.”

“We are totally rebuilding the intersection,” said Craig Bryson, Road Commission communications officer. “We believe a roundabout is the best option for safety and traffic flow there.”

The completed roundabout will include two lanes for Adams Road traffic and one lane for Gunn Road traffic. The project also includes the installation of curbs and gutters, and drainage improvements. High-intensity activated crosswalk pedestrian crossing beacons will be installed at the pedestrian crosswalks on the north leg of the roundabout.

The detour route for Adams Road traffic will be Orion Road to Silverbell Road and back to Adams. The detour route for Gunn Road traffic will be Kern Road to Silverbell Road to Orion Road and back to Gunn Road.

For more information, call the Road Commission at (877) 858-4804 or email www.rcocweb.org.