Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Groups from around Oakland County will be picking up litter and debris.
Volunteers will hit Oakland County’s roads to help clean litter and debris from the roadsides from April 13-21 as part of the Road Commission for Oakland County’s Adopt-A-Road program, according to a press release. Through the program, organized groups volunteer to clean specific road segments two or three times during the year—in the spring, summer and fall. RCOC provides training and equipment and then picks up the bagged garbage collected. “We greatly appreciate the efforts of these concerned citizens who are willing to volunteer their time and energy to help make sure the roads in their communities are clean,” stated RCOC Chairman Greg Jamian in a statement. “We applaud their efforts.” Nearly 250 local groups are signed up to take …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Projects will repair the road base and add asphalt to lanes on 14 Mile and Haggerty Roads.
The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) this week announced almost $30 million in 2013 road projects that include two in Farmington Hills. According to a press release, plans call for repair, rehabilitation and resurfacing on 14 Mile, from Haggerty to Country Way at the Farmington Hills/Commerce Township border, and on Haggerty, from Nine Mile to north of Village Woods Drive at the Novi/Farmington Hills border. In those areas, the road base will be repaired, and 3-4 inches of new asphalt will be added to existing lanes. Total cost for the two projects is around $1.35 million. The release indicated that construction season starts as soon as weather permits and typically runs until mid-November. “We have an aggressive road-…
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Road Commission for Oakland County staff members take feedback and answer questions during a Wednesday open house held at Warner Upper Elementary.
Area residents got their first look Wednesday at detailed plans for a construction project that will dramatically change the 14 Mile/Orchard Lake/Northwestern Hwy. intersection in Farmington Hills and West Bloomfield. The installation of a turnabout and related road improvements will take more than eight months, with the project staged in four phases during the 2014 construction season. Different sections of 14 Mile Road will be completely closed for all but the final phase, and plans call for two-way traffic to be open at all times on other roads, for the duration. Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) design engineer Jeff O'Brien said those who came to the open house at Warner Upper Elementary School in Farmington Hills wanted …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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: 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 …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The January thaw leads to problems on roads in Farmington and Farmington Hills.
The Road Commission for Oakland County calls potholes a "never-ending problem." Farmington-Farmington Hills Patch readers seem to agree. More than a half-dozen readers responded on our Facebook page Wednesday when we asked about the biggest potholes in the city. Locations mentioned include: If you've seen a hubcap-loosening pothole, share the location with a comment. And here's a guide to letting the cities, county and state know about them: Reporting a pothole County roads: If you see a pothole on a county road (Haggerty, Orchard Lake, Middlebelt, 12 Mile, portions of 10 Mile, Eight Mile and Farmington Roads) you can report it to the Road Commission. Farmington Hills roads: For potholes on roads maintained by the city of Farmington Hills…
Monday, December 10, 2012
Part-time drivers and new, three-lane salt-spreaders will help the Road Commission for Oakland County remove the snow around Farmington and Farmington Hills this year.
Editor's note: The following news was submitted by the Road Commission for Oakland County. The Road Commission for Oakland County is reviewing winter plowing and salting procedures with its truck drivers, preparing its trucks for winter and getting snow plows ready – all in anticipation of the inevitable arrival of winter weather. This year, though, the agency is also trying some new approaches to winter road maintenance: It has hired 30 part-time, temporary snowplow/salt-truck drivers and has purchased some new pieces of equipment that promise to improve winter road maintenance efficiency. “For the first time ever, we have hired temporary, part-time employees to augment our full-time drivers,” noted RCOC Chairman Eric Wilson. “Our full-…
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The Road Commission is seeking to fill 30 part-time, temporary positions this winter.
The Road Commission for Oakland County is seeking to hire 30 part-time snowplow drivers to augment its reduced full-time staff for the winter this year, according to a news release. “We have reduced our staff more than 27 percent in the last five years, and many of the workers we have lost served as snowplow drivers in the winter,” explained Managing Director Dennis Kolar in a statement. “The reality is we cannot afford to replace the full-time employees we have lost, but we also cannot provide the level of service our customers deserve with just the remaining full-time staff." Hiring the temporary, part-time employees was a compromise that Kolar said he hopes will allow the agency to maintain a reasonable level of snow response service …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
While some projects are "substantially complete", crews are still working on major roads in and around the city.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
The road construction season is winding down as several local projects are almost complete. But remaining road closures will affect your ability to get around town this month. Here's a list of projects that are still underway: 14 Mile Road, Haggerty to Drake (City of Farmington Hills) Phase I is substantially complete, and traffic has been shifted to the north side of the road, with work on the south side. Paving of the base layer is underway in Phase II. Traffic will be reduced to one lane and under flag control when necessary. Independence, Middlebelt to Colwell (City of Farmington Hills) Water main work is complete, storm sewer work is substantially complete and construction of the road is underway. Independence is open only to local …
Saturday, August 25, 2012
A guest commentary by Eric S. Wilson, Chairman of the Road Commission for Oakland County.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
By Eric S. Wilson As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) – we were founded in 1913 – it is constructive and illustrative to look back and see how we are doing now compared to various points in the past. For example, 50 years ago, in 1962, the Road Commission was run by County Highway Engineer Paul Van Roekel. By all accounts, Paul ran a tight ship, and the Road Commission then, as now, was known for its efficient operation. In fact, when Van Roekel retired in 1981, the Road Commission named its Waterford Township facility the Paul Van Roekel Service Center in his honor. Here’s an interesting fact about Paul’s early 1960s tenure. In 1962, he oversaw an agency with 425 employees – that’s more …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Road construction, the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market and a hazardous waste collection are all part of a big weekend.
If you're planning to be out and about in Farmington and Farmington Hills this weekend, pack your patience – and keep a sharp eye out for pedestrians and traffic back-ups. These events and activities are likely to cause some congestion: Downtown parking Finding a spot in and around downtown Farmington Saturday morning will likely be challenging, with the farmers market opening and a youth baseball league parade going on at roughly the same time. Good bets are the parking lots along Orchard Street behind the Downtown Farmington Center and at the Maxfield Training Center, Thomas and Warner Streets. Download a map of all parking areas from the Farmington Downtown Development Authority website. Remember to watch for and yield to pedestrians …