With summer ending, road agencies progress on work

By: Eric Czarnik | C&G Newspapers | Published August 28, 2018

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METROIT DETROIT — Oakland and Macomb counties’ road commissions scratched beyond the surface of their scheduled road repair tasks for this construction season, but they say many projects still have months to go.

Road Commission for Oakland County spokesman Craig Bryson said some of his agency’s major projects are scheduled to keep going until the construction season’s end. For instance, the reconstruction project on Dequindre Road from Burningbush Drive to Long Lake Road is one example that won’t end until October or November, he said.

However, he said the county finished concrete slab replacement on Long Lake Road between Corporate Drive and Tower Drive in Troy. A Maple Road project between Haggerty and Drake roads finished its second and final phase between Halsted and Drake, he said.

And road resurfacing has also progressed, he added.

“We finished just about all of the preservation overlay projected, which are all the simple resurfacing projects,” he said. “There are a total of about 80 miles worth of projects.”

Macomb County Department of Roads highway engineer Walt Schell said so far the county has completed a major resurfacing of Schoenherr Road from 15 Mile Road to north of Metropolitan Parkway, and it also replaced a bridge on 28 Mile Road over the north branch of the Clinton River.

Schell said work is continuing on a project to resurface Van Dyke Avenue from 18 Mile Road to the bridge over the Clinton River, and that work is set for completion this fall. Road resurfacing also started recently on Mound Road from north of 14 Mile Road to 18 Mile Road, he added.

He said the Mound project was expanded suddenly, and that ongoing assignment “was a very major project to get out in a short amount of time.”

“I would just say it’s been an abnormally busy middle part of the construction season,” he said. “But because of the severity of last winter and the effect it had, especially on the concrete roads, we had to add some work that we didn’t anticipate doing.”

Schell asked the public to be patient as the county performs the necessary repairs during construction season.

“We’re trying to fix the roads right,” he said.

Find out more about the Road Commission for Oakland County by visiting www.rcocweb.org or by calling (248) 645-2000. For the Macomb County Department of Roads, visit roads.macombgov.org or call (586) 463-8671.