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Public to get update on Dequindre Road rebuild project

The Detroit News

Commuters along the Macomb-Oakland counties border are in for some stop-and-go traffic this summer.

Dequindre Road is slated to be reconstructed from West Utica on the Rochester Hills-Shelby Township border to Burningbush on the Troy-Sterling Heights border.

The $7.7 million project includes widening two-lane portions of the road to five lanes. Most of the section being reconstructed is five lanes.

Residents, business owners and commuters will have a chance to learn more about the project and offer their opinions at a public meeting from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Reuther Middle School media center, 1430 East Auburn, Rochester Hills.

Staff from the the Road Commission for Oakland County and the Macomb County Department of Roads will be on hand to answer questions. There won’t be a formal presentation, the RCOC said in a statement on its website.

The project is expected to include traffic signal upgrades; improved drainage; and operational improvements to the east and west legs of the Dequindre-South-Dobry intersection, according to the statement.

Construction is slated to start this spring and end late this year, the RCOC said.

During the road work, one traffic lane will be maintained in each direction, according to the commission.

“There also is a planned closure of Utica Road at Dequindre; however, the closure period and dates will be identified at a later time and a detour posted,” officials said in a statement.

The project is funded mostly with federal dollars, Oakland road commission officials said. The rest is shared by the commission and the Macomb Department of Roads as well as the cities of Troy, Rochester Hills and Sterling Heights, and Shelby Township, road officials said.

In a notice recently posted on its website, the RCOC said the project is expected to be the first phase of a larger effort that would include Dequindre from Long Lake to Auburn. Those sections would be completed in future years, according to the document.

Other road projects in Macomb County this year include the reconstruction of Van Dyke from West to Campground in Washington Township, said Walt Schell, deputy county highway engineer for the Macomb Department of Roads. The work will widen the road from two to three lanes.

Also, 32 Mile in Romeo Village will be reconstructed and widened from two to three lanes from Van Dyke to M-53.

About half a dozen bridges will also be repaired, Schell said.