Road Commission for Oakland County Construction Updates
John R Widening, Long Lake to South Blvd.
QUARTERLY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
February 2019 - May 2019
1. INTERSTATE RECONSTRUCTION – I-75, 13 MILE TO COOLIDGE
The I-75 Modernization Project, introducing the first High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane in Michigan, has been accelerated. The original nine construction segments have been combined into three segments. Segment 1 is complete, with Segment 2 now in progress. Improvements for Segment 2: North of 13 Mile to North of Coolidge Highway include the following activities:
- Reconstruction of freeway pavement, interchanges and bridges
- Addition of a lane in each direction by enclosing the median
- Drainage Improvements
- Aesthetics and noise walls where they meet Federal/State criteria
Two lanes will remain open in each direction on I-75 during construction.
2019 work is anticipated to start in February with demolition of the Wattles Road and Corporate Drive structures over I-75. All traffic is anticipated to be shifted to the southbound side in March 2019 to allow for work on the northbound bridges, ramps and mainline pavement. In late fall 2019, traffic will be moved to the new pavement on the northbound side and the existing pavement on the southbound side for the 2019/20 winter months. Starting in the spring of 2020, work will start on the southbound bridges, ramps and mainline pavement. All lanes of I-75 are anticipated to be complete and open to traffic in late fall 2020. Follow I-75 modernization progress on the web at: www.modernize75.com.
2. MAJOR ROAD WIDENING AND RECONSTRUCTION – JOHN R, LONG LAKE TO SOUTH BOULEVARD
John R will be widened and reconstructed to a new 3-lane asphalt pavement with deceleration lanes at side streets between Long Lake and South Boulevard. Tree removal started in January with underground construction anticipated to start in February. Paving will start in the spring of 2019. Southbound traffic will be detoured, while northbound traffic is maintained in one lane during the paving phase. All road work is anticipated to be complete and open to traffic by late fall of 2019.
3. LOCAL ROAD OVERLAY – SECTION 2 & SECTION 10
The following roads in Section 2 are scheduled to receive an asphalt pavement overlay: Cadmus, Cambria, Hartwig, Eckerman, Barabeau and Shelldrake. The following roads in Section 10 are scheduled to receive and asphalt pavement overlay: Muer and Finch. This project includes milling (grinding off) select areas of the existing pavement and placing a new asphalt pavement surface. Work is anticipated to start in the spring and be complete by the end of June.
4. WATER REDUNDANCY/RELIABILITY – PRV FACILITY – SOUTH BOULEVARD AT BEACH
A new Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) facility will be constructed on city-owned property at the southeast corner of South Boulevard and Beach and connected to an existing Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) water meter pit. This connection will provide a needed redundant feed and allow the city the ability to supply water and limit disruptions in the northwest section of the city, when necessary. Northbound Beach Road will be closed to through traffic for several weeks during Phase I of the project, but will be open during all other phases. Work is anticipated to start in the spring of 2019 and be complete in the summer of 2019.