Friday, April 26, 2013
Resurfacing projects being completed on Livernois Road, Coolidge Highway and other area roads.
The Road Commission for Oakland County recently announced several road projects that may cause traffic delays over the next few weeks. "It is RCOC’s goal to conduct road improvement projects in a way that interferes with traffic as little as possible," a road commission press release states. "This list includes both Road Commission projects and projects conducted by others, under permit, on roads under the jurisdiction of the Road Commission." [Read: Woodward Avenue Resurfacing Work in Royal Oak, Berkley and Huntington Woods Begins in May] Troy and Rochester Hills Royal Oak Oakland Township Ferndale Orion Township Orchard Lake Village The Road Commission for Oakland County notes that this information is subject to change. Projects can …
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 …
Monday, April 8, 2013
A Royal Oak road project is part of a $30 million program announced by the Road Commission for Oakland County.
Coolidge Highway is included in the Road Commission for Oakland County's 2013 construction program, which is set to begin as soon as weather permits. The $1 million rehabilitation and resurfacing of Coolidge from Webster to Woodward in Royal Oak is one of 18 projects on the list. RCOC plans to spend nearly $30 million during the 2013 construction season, which typically runs through mid-November. “We have an aggressive road-improvement program this year, despite the continued insufficiency of state and federal road funding,” stated RCOC Chairman Greg Jamian in a press release. “However, we are committed to stretching every dollar we receive as far as possible and repairing as many roads as we can. However, there remain many roads that need…
Sunday, January 13, 2013
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…
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Part-time drivers and new, three-lane salt-spreaders will help the Road Commission for Oakland County keep the streets clear.
Editor's note: The Road Commission for Oakland County submitted the following news. 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-time …
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 this winter, 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 for the winter…
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 …
Monday, July 23, 2012
The Oakland County agency says wild weather that hit Huntington Woods and Berkley around the Fourth of July caused expensive outages that will impact spending on other road maintenance activities.
A series of wicked storms that blew through the area around the Fourth of July cost the Road Commission for Oakland County approximately $60,000. The storms caused power outages that required Road Commission staff to run key traffic signals on generators, repair damaged signals and provide stop signs at signals without power, according to the RCOC. "I think the public is largely unaware that a tremendous amount of time and effort is required to keep key traffic signals functioning during widespread power outages," RCOC Chairman Eric Wilson said. "Doing that is not cheap, and is not part of our routine work, so the cost for doing that takes money away from other road maintenance activities." The commission is responsible for more than 2,700…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Consumers Energy will be making repairs to a gas line Wednesday through Friday or Saturday just south of 13 Mile Road on the border of Royal Oak and Southfield.
Southbound Greenfield Road will be closed just south of 13 Mile Road on the border of Royal Oak and Southfield from Wednesday through Friday or Saturday, according to the Road Commission for Oakland County. The closure is needed so Consumers Energy can repair a gas line, said a commission press release, which added the detour route is 13 Mile to Southfield Road to 12 Mile Road and back to Greenfield. Don't forget: You can always check local gas prices and traffic conditions with our Traffic & Gas section.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Budget cuts and a decrease in staffing again will impact the Oakland County agency's ability to clear the streets after snow falls.
- Jen Anesi
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
After receiving much criticism for its response to last year's Dec. 12 snowstorm and icy road conditions, the Road Commission for Oakland County is pre-emptively warning drivers to be extra careful tonight and throughout the season. Budget cuts in recent years have left the agency with fewer employees to maintain and drive an aging fleet of snowplows and salt trucks. "The first snow always catches some drivers off guard," RCOC public information officer Craig Bryson said. "So we want to remind everyone to use caution, assume the roads are slippery and slow down so we can all make it home." The county agency clears 2,700-plus miles of county roads and 230 miles of mostly multilane state highways, including Woodward Avenue; neighborhood …