The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) and Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) are continuing to work on the second phase of “significant” infrastructure improvements in the area of the Avon Road corridor between Dequindre Road and 23 Mile Road on the Rochester Hills and Shelby Township border.
Beginning March 20, the intersection of 23 Mile and Dequindre will be closed to through traffic. This is in addition to the previous closure of East Avon Road between the Avon and Dequindre Road roundabout to just west of the intersection of 23 Mile and Dequindre. The East Avon Road project, which began in November 2021, is expected to be completed in August.
During the closures, the detour route for through traffic will be Dequindre Road to Hamlin Road, east to Ryan Road, north to 23 Mile Road, east to Shelby Road, north to 24 Mile Road and west back to Dequindre Road, and vice versa.
The infrastructure improvements will increase the reliability of GLWA’s 96-inch water main, which serves multiple communities and more than 1 million residents. In addition, the project is designed to improve access for operations and maintenance, relocate the water main outside of businesses and backyards and improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety at critical intersections. GLWA will continue to provide drinking water to its member partner communities throughout construction.
Phase two of the Avon Road infrastructure improvements also includes:
- Installation of 2,200 linear feet of 96-inch diameter welded steel pipe, starting on Dequindre Road south of the Clinton River, crossing the Clinton River into Yates Cider Mill property, and traversing along East Avon Road to 23 Mile Road, terminating at Dequindre Road approximately 300 feet north of 23 Mile Road.
- Reconstruction and widening of East Avon Road.
- Construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Dequindre and 23 Mile Road.
- The replacement of the 61-inch-high by 84-inch-wide corrugated metal pipe (structural plate arch) culvert at Yates Cider Mill.
The roadway and drinking water infrastructure improvements are coordinated to avoid disrupting new road pavement, as part of GLWA’s commitment to leveraging project resources and to lessen temporary traffic impacts. Additionally, the project will include permanent roadway and pedestrian enhancements to the areas within the communities that are affected by construction.
The cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills, Shelby Township. and the Macomb County Department of Roads also are partners in the multi-phase project.
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