Tienken Road widening begins

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published January 16, 2013

ROCHESTER HILLS — Initial efforts toward a Tienken Road widening project will begin this winter, as utilities are relocated.

Tienken Road is scheduled for widening to three lanes between Livernois and Sheldon roads. The first phase of the project, between Rochester Road and Sheldon Road, is slated for completion this year.

The second phase of the widening, between Livernois and Rochester Road, is scheduled for 2014 and will include the construction of a roundabout at the Livernois and Tienken intersection.

“In 2013, there will also be a hill that needs to be cut (down), west of Rochester Road,” said Rochester Hills Department of Public Services Director Allan Schneck. The hill is located on Tienken Road, east of the Paint Creek Trail. “It will be cut for sight distancing,” Schneck said. The utility relocations and the hill cutting will begin in February or March, he said.

The $10 million widening project will be paid for with a combination of federal, state, county and local funds. The new roundabout at Livernois and Tienken will feature a High-intensity Activated crossWalK beacon system for pedestrian crossings, Schneck said.

The HAWK beacon is a visual indicator that requires drivers to come to a complete stop and is activated by a pedestrian. “Pedestrians can push a button to engage the system,” Schneck said.

Motorists will also see construction on Avon Road in 2013. An Avon Road repaving is scheduled between Adams Road and Livernois. “We have moved up the Avon Road project to 2013,” said Rochester Hills City Engineer Paul Davis. “It was scheduled for 2015.”

The Road Commission for Oakland County approved utilizing $633,000 of federal funds for the Avon Road project Jan. 14 when RCOC officials met to approve spending requests to utilize a newly approved $2.4 million in federal road funds.

“This is a rehab project that will improve ride quality,” Schneck said. Dequindre, between Long Lake Road and Auburn Road, is scheduled to be widened in 2014.

Road Commission officials also approved $1.5 million of the newly approved federal funds for improving Rochester Road from Lakeville Road to Leonard.

Greg Jamian was elected RCOC Board chairman Jan. 10. Jamian has served on the RCOC board since 2009. Road Commission board members are appointed by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners and serve six-year terms.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to lead this organization,” Jamian said in a statement. “While the Road Commission, like most governmental agencies, is facing financial challenges, I and this board are committed to finding ways to cut costs and improve efficiency so that we can maintain the level of service that the residents and businesses of Oakland County deserve.”