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The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) expects to begin the reconstruction and widening of Dequindre Road to five lanes between Utica Road and Collins Avenue on the Rochester Hills/Shelby Township border next Monday, May 18.Dequindre will remain open with one lane each for northbound and southbound traffic throughout most of the project. There will be short-term road closures at the Auburn Road/Dequindre Road intersection and on Dequindre Road from Auburn Road to just north of Auburn Road. Dates for those closures will be announced soon. Access to all homes and businesses along the road will be maintained throughout construction. The project will provide increased traffic capacity, improved safety and greater accessibility for pedestrians and other non-motorized users.The project is expected to cost approximately $9.3 million. Eighty percent of the cost will be paid for with federal dollars. The remainder will be shared by RCOC, the Macomb County Department of Roads, the City of Rochester Hills and Shelby Township. The widened and reconstructed road will include:• Two through lanes in each direction as well as a continuous, center left-turn lane and right-turn lanes at major intersections• New concrete curbs and gutters and new traffic signals • Improved drainage and storm sewers • Upgraded pedestrian crosswalks to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standardsThe project is expected to be open to traffic in late fall of 2020 with some cleanup work taking place in spring of 2021. The contractor for the project is Dan’s Excavating of Shelby Township. For more information on the Dequindre Road project, visit the “Dequindre Road” page in the “Road Projects” section of the RCOC Website: http://rcocweb.org/390/Dequindre-Road.As a reminder, RCOC has taken a number of steps to protect employees and contractors from coming into contact with people who may be infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes continuing to ask the public to contact the agency remotely and to refrain from talking with Road Commission workers and contractors in person, including when they are working on or near the roads.Instead, anyone can contact RCOC through any of the following methods:• Online at www.rcocweb.org• By telephone at 877-858-4804 (Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.)• Via e-mail at email@example.com• Via fax at 248-338-0675• Through the RCOC app available for free through the Apple and Google stores