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Feds Send $2.4 Million For Oakland County Roads: How Should We Spend It?

The Oakland County Federal Aid Committee meets Monday in Beverly Hills to discuss several projects.

Members of the Oakland County Federal Aid Committee will discuss how to allocate nearly $2.4 million in federal road funds headed to the county in 2013 during a special meeting at 9 a.m. Monday in Beverly Hills.

The meeting is open to the public and will take place at the Road Commission for Oakland County’s administrative offices at 31001 Lahser Road.

RCOC spokesman Craig Bryson said the additional funds became available when Congress passed the new federal transportation bill last year. It was the first new transportation bill in about seven years. The money must be spent during the calendar year, and can only apply to projects on 'principal arterial' roads, which Bryson described as main roads.

Potential projects could include Avon Road from Adams Road to Livernois Road in Rochester Hills; and Rochester Road from Lakeville Road to the Village of Leonard limits. Bryson said both projects were slated for completion this year anyway with roughly $2 million in existing federal funding. Depending on what the committee decides, those funds could now be earmarked for other projects.

The Oakland County Federal Aid Committee is comprised of representatives from the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC), the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), and SMART (the suburban bus system).

The committee also will consider:

  • Proposed changes to projects including the future widening of Baldwin Road between Morgan and Waldon roads in Orion Twp.,
  • The future widening of John R Road between Long Lake and Square Lake roads in Troy.
  • The future widening of Dequindre Road between Long Lake and Auburn roads on the Troy/Sterling Heights and Rochester Hills/Shelby Twp. borders.
vincent January 13, 2013 at 02:20 PM
The patch of road on the East side of Brown rd, at Joslyn rd. South bound curve. That would save at least 2.4 million dollars of car repairs per year.
phyllis andrus January 14, 2013 at 03:18 AM
Money could be well spent on trimming or removing trees that dangerously hang over roadways... an example being Orion Rd.
vincent January 14, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Rebuild the dirt roads, indian lake road, the road commission has cut in to the base of the road and when they grate the road their just turning over the pot holes.
Haulin T Male January 15, 2013 at 03:43 PM
as for dirt rd's, don't speed on them. thus no wash board effect.... how about fising last yr's eng. mistake, at Crooks and Meijer Drive, cut the curb, and angle it so it blends in with the radius of the turn, instead of the double back reverse turn, it is just a quagmire with trucks going over the curb and into the pedestrian area Can't believe the OCRC does not have a Bucket List. of more importance then what has been brought up here...... not saying each is not of value, but does not take care of so many with so little .........

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