The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) expects to begin the two-year reconstruction and widening to five lanes of Dequindre Road from Long Lake Road to Burningbush Dr. on the Troy/Sterling Heights border on Sept. 18.
Dequindre will remain open for the majority of the project. However, the Dequindre/Square Lake Road (19 Mile) intersection will be closed for approximately 30 days later this fall for storm-sewer installation. The closure is expected to begin in October. The date will be announced in advance.
The remaining fall work will have some impact on traffic as the contractor constructs a temporary road widening that will be used by motorists during the project. During the construction of the temporary lanes, motorists can expect lane restrictions and traffic delays.
The bulk of the construction work will begin in the spring of 2018 and is expected to conclude in late fall of 2018. One lane will remain open in each direction for northbound and southbound traffic throughout the project, except during the closure of the Dequindre/Square Lake Road (19 Mile) intersection this fall. Access will be maintained to all homes and businesses along the road throughout the construction.
The project is intended to provide increased traffic capacity, improved safety and greater accessibility for pedestrians and other non-motorized users.
The approximately $16.5 million project is funded with a mix of federal and local dollars. Local funding is shared by RCOC, the Macomb Department of Roads and the cities of Troy and Sterling Heights.
The project includes:
- Reconstruction and widening Dequindre Road to five lanes from Long Lake Road to Burningbush Drive.
- The reconstructed road will include two through lanes in each direction as well as a continuous center left-turn lane.
- New concrete curbs, gutters and new traffic signals will be installed.
- Significant drainage improvements will be made as a result of large, new storm sewers.
- Pedestrian crosswalks will be upgraded to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
The contractor for the project is Dan’s Excavating of Shelby Township.