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Posted on: July 19, 2022


Road closed sign on Union Lake Rd. with project area in background

The contractor for the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) has closed Union Lake Road between Wise and Commerce roads in Commerce Township until approximately Sept. 17 for culvert removal and replacement.  

During the closure, the detour route for through traffic is Wise Road to Carroll Lake Road to Commerce Road and back to Union Lake Road and vice versa. Motorists should expect delays in the area during rush hours. 

RCOC has installed a work zone camera at the site that is now providing a real-time public view of the project. The camera takes a photo every 15 minutes between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 

            Viewers can watch the progress of the project by clicking on the “Union Lake Road Culvert Project Work Zone Camera” link in the “Helpful Links” section at the bottom of the Road Commission website home page ( The direct link to the camera is:!/union_lake_road_culvert_replacement/union_lake_road_and_wise_road/view_1

Site visitors can view photos of the project or a time-lapse series that combines all photos taken in succession. RCOC will also produce a compilation of all the photos following the completion of the project.

            During the work, access will be maintained at all times to all homes and businesses within the construction area as well as to the adjacent boat launch on Union Lake. Throughout and after the project, existing water levels on Union Lake will be maintained.      

The project cost, approximately $780,000, is shared by RCOC and Commerce Township. 

            In addition to the culvert replacement, the project includes:

  • Replacement of the lake-level structure adjacent to the road
  • Replacement of curbs and gutters in the affected road section
  • Replacement of 200 feet of asphalt pavement
  • Replacement of guardrails, signs and pavement markings

The contractor for the project is VIL Construction of Sterling Heights.

This section of Union Lake Road carries approximately 34,000 vehicles per day. For more information

on the Union Lake culvert replacement project, visit the RCOC website at (click on the “Road Projects” icon on the home page and then select “Union Lake Road Culvert Replacement”. The direct link is:

            For questions on the project, contact RCOC through any of the following methods:

Union Lake Road Culvert Replacement
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