The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) and Orion Township last night opened the east legs of Waldon and Maybee roads at Baldwin Road to traffic, meaning they are open in time for Thanksgiving and the “Black Friday” shopping day.
The east legs of both intersections have been closed since September while the intersections were reconstructed as part of the ongoing Baldwin Road improvement project. The $50 million project involves widening and reconstructing Baldwin Road between Morgan and Waldon roads, though the section between Morgan and Gregory is essentially finished.
The west leg of Maybee Road at Baldwin Road remains closed, and work continues on that section. It will not be closed during the winter. The west leg of Waldon remains open.
Orion Township Supervisor Chris Barnett noted the Road Commission and the township pushed the contractor to open the east legs of the two intersections prior to both Thanksgiving and Black Friday because of the increased traffic seen on those days. “Weather and utility issues have played havoc with this project’s schedule this year,” Barnett noted, “but we are pleased that we were able to open the east legs of these two intersections before the holiday season. We greatly appreciate the patience of area residents and businesses as we move ahead with the transformational project.”
RCOC Managing Director Dennis Kolar concurred. “The utility and weather issues have been a significant challenge, but the contractor, Dan’s Excavating, is making good progress, and we’re pleased to be able to open the east legs of these two important intersections,” he said. “We know these closures have caused inconveniences, and we thank everyone who endured longer drive times and sometimes-challenging property access. However, when completed, the Baldwin Road project will provide significant traffic-flow improvements in southwestern Orion Township.”