12 Mile Road Environmental Assessment, Beck to Dixon
The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC), in partnership with the cities of Novi and Wixom, is conducting an extensive study of the section of 12 Mile Road between Beck Road and Dixon Road to determine if the road should be improved and, if so, what that improvement should entail. The study is known as an environmental assessment and is guided by federal rules and regulations. The study can take from 18 months to several years and involves extensive public input opportunities.
The study was initiated in response to the need to address current and future traffic volumes in the area as well as to address safety concerns that could be aggravated with increasing traffic congestion. Commercial and residential growth in the area has resulted in increased traffic, spurring the desire for improved mobility for both motorized and non-motorized traffic.
The purpose of the study is to determine the most appropriate improvements to address these traffic demands. Through the initial study efforts, three possible alternatives have emerged as potentially the most appropriate. They are:
No build (baseline comparison) — the roadway would be rebuilt in its current configuration, without additional capacity.
Five-lane improvement (widening) — this entire section of 12 Mile Road would be widened to five lanes, including a continuous, center left-turn lane with minor improvements at the 12 Mile/Beck intersection.
Four-lane, narrow-median boulevard — the entire section of 12 Mile Road throughout would be reconstructed as a narrow-median, four-lane boulevard with minor improvements at the 12 Mile/Beck intersection.
The next steps in the environmental assessment for this section of 12 Mile Road are:
- Obtain public input on the three possible alternatives.
- Select a preferred alternative and evaluate the impacts of that alternative.
- Complete the draft environmental assessment document and submit it for review and comment by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
- Publish the completed draft environmental assessment document and conduct a public hearing on the report recommendation.
- Request FHWA approval of the recommendation.
- Proceed with the project implementation.
How to provide feedback or ask questions:
The partners are seeking public input on the three possible design options and welcome questions on the proposal. Questions or comments can be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments on the three design options should be submitted no later than Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.