Royal Oak Braces for 14 Mile Road Construction Projects

Royal Oak Braces for 14 Mile Road Construction Projects

(Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 28, 2019)

Royal Oak, MI- Residents in Royal Oak and surrounding communities could be impacted by several road construction projects in 2019.

According to the City of Royal Oak Community Development Department, “14 Mile Road will be under construction for most of the 2019 construction season, with traffic often limited to one lane in each direction. Motorists are encourage d to find alternate routes during construction, especially during rush hour.”

The following projects are scheduled:

Water Main Improvements ( January through June) The Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority (SOCWA) will be rehabilitating their water main on the south side of 14 Mile Road from Greenfield Road to west of Fernlee Avenue starting in late January. The City of Royal Oak will also be replacing the city’s water main from Woodward Avenue to Cooper Avenue and from Mankato Avenue to the CN Railroad starting in March .

This work will require lane closures along 14 Mile Road from Greenfield Road to Delemere Boulevard, with only one lane open in each direction. Traffic is expected to be very congested and alternate routes are advised. The water main work will include water main installation by drilling, water main lining, water main connections and water service connections to the new water main. Some areas of pavement and driveways will be removed for this work, and these areas will be temporarily restored with stone and asphalt. Permanent pavement repairs will be performed later in the summer as part of the road resurfacing project. There will be temporary water shutoffs for connection of the water main, and affected properties will receive a door – hanger with the anticipated shutoff duration at least 24 – hours in advance. Additionally, the water to individual properties will be shutoff for a short duration to connect the property’s water service to the new water main.

14 Mile Road Resurfacing (June through November) 14 Mile Road will be resurfaced from Greenfield Road to Crooks Road after the water main work is complete. This work is being administered by the City of Royal Oak with federal funding under the direction of the Michigan Department of Transportation. As 14 Mile Road is a border roadway, work will take place in the cities of Royal Oak and Birmingham. Work will include: Asphalt milling, concrete patching, and asphalt resurfacing of 14 Mile Road, replacement of damaged curb sections, installation of a traffic calming island at Coolidge Highway, replacing all non – compliant handicap sidewalk ramps at intersections, and re-striping the roadway. This work will require lane closures along 14 Mile Road from west of Greenfield Ro ad to Crooks Road, with one lane open in each direction.

Greenfield Road Traffic Signal The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) will be replacing the traffic signal at the intersection of Greenfield Road and 14 Mile Road. This work is not expected to significantly impact traffic since there will already be lane closures in place for the road project. R C O C tentatively expects to have this work performed throughout the spring and summer.

Woodward A venue Traffic Signal Replacement The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be replacing the traffic signals at the intersection of Woodward Avenue and 14 Mile Road, along with several other signals along Woodward A venue . This work is not expected to significantly impact traffic since the re will already be lane closures in place for the 14 Mile road project. MDOT tentatively expects to have this work performed throughout the winter and spring.

Woodward A venue Traffic Signal Replacement The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be replacing the traffic signal s at the intersection of Woodward Avenue and 14 Mile Road , along with several other signals along Woodward A venue . This work is not expected to significantly impact traffic since the re will already be lane closures in place for the 14 Mile road project. MDOT tentatively expects to have this work performed throughout the winter and spring.

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