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Orchard Lake Roundabout Open House Set March 27 in Farmington Hills

Officials will share plans for the reconstruction at the 14 Mile/Orchard Lake intersection at the Farmington Hills/West Bloomfield border.

Area residents will learn more March 27 about construction project designed to draw three major roads at the Farmington Hills/West Bloomfield border into a roundabout. 

The open house meeting will be held at Warner Upper Elementary School in Farmington Hills, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  According to a Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) press release, the format allows residents to stop by at any time during the three hours to view plans and provide feedback. 

The project, scheduled to begin in 2014, will involve these changes:

  • reconstructing the 14 Mile/Orchard Lake intersection as a multi-lane roundabout
  • reconstructing Orchard Lake from 14 Mile Road to just north of the Gateway shopping center in West Bloomfield, including the Northwestern Highway/Orchard Lake Road intersection.
  • reconstructing and realigning the 14 Mile Road/Northwestern Highway intersection
  • realigning 14 Mile Road between Orchard Lake and Northwestern Highway

The changes, designed to improve traffic flow and safety in and around the 14 Mile/Orchard Lake intersection, are part of the Northwestern Connector project.

The meeting is hosted by the RCOC, in partnership with the City of Farmington Hills and West Bloomfield Township.

Thomas Donovan March 19, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Can't wait. Bring it on!
Matthew Malone March 19, 2013 at 12:46 PM
I second the opinion of Thomas. I drive through this area all the time and the roundabout will fundamentally change (for the better) the appearance of this vital Farmington Hills/West Bloomfield border. Can't wait for the project to get underway!
Jim Fields March 19, 2013 at 03:44 PM
I noticed on the FaceBook comments that people were doubting a roundabout considering the amount of traffic on Orchard Lake and 14. I felt the same way until I saw how M5/Pontiac Trail turned out last year. Who would have thought you could put a roundabout at the end of a freeway and still have good traffic flow...to my surprise it worked well. I think this project will be beneficial to the 14 Mile, Orchard, Northwestern chaos that is going on today.
Mark Goldberg March 19, 2013 at 07:21 PM
I can wait. When Farmington and 14 Mile opened a few years back, I nearly got hit head-on by someone who tried to make a left turn into my lane instead of following the counter-clockwise flow of the roundabout.
Eric Vogel March 19, 2013 at 09:51 PM
I hear there are more fender benders and less major accidents, but a lot of crazy drivers that drive dumb. I had a friend that lived by the M5 and PLT and it was the last straw and he moved. people just stop in them. I heard from my uncle that in Brighton he saw someone backup to take the missed turn. Has anyone else had similar experiences? I do not go through them enough to judge for myself. I do try to plan around them when I can.
Liz Tran March 20, 2013 at 10:47 AM
I am so happy something is being done about that nightmare of an intersection. I just hope the construction will be completed during the summer and not during the school year.
M. Chudnov March 20, 2013 at 04:01 PM
I agree with Mark & Eric. Too many drivers, young & old, go faster than the posted roundabout speed limits, don't yield and cut people off.
John May 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM
I cant wait. People on Northwestern block the intersection at 14 Mile because they want to trun west on 14 mile. very illegal and inconsiderate. Everyday. They think they can turn left blocking the intersection!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! John

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