The City of Rochester Hills, the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) and Oakland University have joined forces to conduct a study to determine the future of the Adams Road corridor from Hamlin Road to Walton Blvd. in the city. Public input is being sought through several channels.
A Visioning Adams Road website has been launched to share information about the study and to receive public input: https://mksk.mysocialpinpoint.com/visioningadamsroad. Additionally, a public “visioning workshop” will be conducted on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. at University Presbyterian Church, 1385 S. Adams Road in Rochester Hills.
The study is funded by a $2 million federal Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant. It will include a Planning and Environmental Linkage (PEL) study and subsequent Environmental Assessment (EA) of the corridor. RCOC and the City of Rochester Hills are splitting the required local match of $500,000 to complete the study.
The grant was awarded in 2020, with a study start date of 2022. The study is kicking off now, with the launch of the study website and the hosting of the first public input meeting. The study is expected to take up to four years to complete.
Through the study, the public and stakeholders will shape the future plans for the corridor, which could include doing nothing or making improvements to the corridor. The website provides an overview of the process and offers the opportunity for the public and stakeholders to participate in the process.
The website includes an interactive map, online survey and an “ideas wall”. Project documents and information about the public workshops are also on the website.
Anyone wishing to attend the Sept. 20 workshop who requires special accommodations in accordance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or Title VI, including those requiring language assistance, should call RCOC at 248-645-2000 and ask to be directed to the RCOC Planning and Environmental Concerns Department to submit your request. The Road Commission will provide such services, free of charge, with reasonable advanced notice.