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August 6, 2014

Roadwork on busy Big Beaver should start this week

By Terry Oparka
C & G Staff Writer

Traffic likely will snarl as work on eastbound Big Beaver from Dequindre to Rochester gets underway this week.

One of the three lanes of traffic will remain open. Construction is scheduled to last for four weeks. 

Bill Huotari, deputy city engineer, said that work on the eastbound lanes of Big Beaver would start with the two outside lanes first, with the middle lane remaining open. After that, the inside lane will be completed.

“We’re looking at the end of August for completion of the eastbound side,” Huotari said. “Work on the westbound side should start after Labor Day and be done by the end of September.”

“We’re hoping the weather cooperates,” he added.

The Big Beaver project is part of the $10.5 million Troy Roads Rock concrete replacement program on county roads that the city has undertaken in partnership with the Road Commission for Oakland County to improve roadways in Troy. Concrete work on John R from Big Beaver to Long Lake is finished.

“We’re making good progress,” Huotari said. 

Access to homes, offices and businesses along Big Beaver will be maintained throughout the duration of the work, although there likely will be times when heavy equipment and barricades will impede traffic.

Suggested alternate routes are Maple or Wattles. Also, the timing for traffic signals will be adjusted when possible to help move traffic along the construction zones.

“We hope people have patience, and when it’s done, people using it recognize the improvement,” Huotari said.

Work on Big Beaver from Adams to Civic Center Drive (just east of Interstate 75) tentatively is scheduled to start Aug. 13 and finish by Nov. 15. Lanes will be closed in both directions along those sections of Big Beaver.

Craig Bryson, Road Commission for Oakland County public information officer, said that traffic counts on eastbound Big Beaver, just west of Crooks, taken over a 24-hour period in 2012 totaled 22,757 vehicles. Traffic counts on westbound Big Beaver, just east of Crooks, taken at the same time were 32,140. 

Bryson said that Adams Road would be closed when work begins Aug. 13 at the Big Beaver intersection with the aim that Adams would be opened by the time school starts.

“Adams will be closed at the Big Beaver intersection,” he said.

“Big Beaver will still be open, and you will be able to get through the intersection on Big Beaver,” Bryson said. 

Detour routes for the Adams closure will be Maple to Coolidge to Wattles and back to Adams, and vice versa. 

For updates on road reconstruction in Troy, check online at www.TroyRoadsRock.com.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Terry Oparka at toparka@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1054.