City Plans Meetings For Community To Learn About Main Street Makeover

Downtown will undergo a transformation starting this spring.

Get ready, Rochester, for a Main Street makeover.

Starting in April, Main Street will be taken apart and put back together in a major renovation project from the Clinton River Bridge to the Paint Creek Bridge. The $4 million project will result in a fresh Main Street, complete with planters made from reclaimed brick, street seating and LED light poles.

Downtown businesses will remain open throughout the construction period; sidewalks will remain open, too. Details, including the exact construction dates, will be released in the coming weeks.

The city of Rochester is offering several opportunities for the public to learn about the project:

Project representatives are available to give presentations for businesses and organizations. To schedule a presentation, contact Kristi Trevarrow at 248-656-0060.

Concerned March 03, 2012 at 01:27 AM
I also heard the project is closer to 6 million dollars, but still mainly funded by the state. Is there any truth to the rumor that the state offered the contractor that is doing the work an incentive to get it done early? That's what I heard but you never know what to believe...
Scot Beaton March 04, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Patricia, I concur with your concerns... concrete is the choice because Michigan Department of Transportation sees this stretch of highway as a heavy truck route? Looking north from the top of the hill, I agree this may look like a runway for the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner when the project is done. Asphalt is a more recyclable material... can be pulled up every ten years and the same asphalt can be mixed with new and put right back down and drove on immediately. Concrete after ten years just becomes a maintenance nightmare. The best solution is actually an asphalt roadbed on top of concrete base. I'm going to do my best to attend the open house for the community from 6-8 p.m. March 8th at the Rochester Community House, hopefully I will see you there... thanks for your comments. Patricia, hope this link works, and are these the final plans? Our are they cutting costs and using red paint for crosswalks instead of a brick type look? Do we know how old the new trees will be when planted, I was serious even if it cost $2,000+ per tree it's worth it in the scope of a $4,000,000+ million project. I count 43 signature street trees in the project. $86,000 is a small price to pay for "a green canopy and that sheltered feeling when it rains, and when the temperature is 90+ on a summer day etc." your words thanks to be continued...
Scot Beaton March 04, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Patricia, are they going to take down the street lights strung across the roadbed and do an "old school" design on polls? That would be cool. http://www.downtownrochestermi.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/WEBSITE-PRESENTATION-SITE-DEVELOPMENT-NOV-2010.pdf note: If I had control of the design of this project; between 2nd street and University the entire roadbed would be redone in a "21st century brick paver" that can hold up to heavy truck traffic and look "old school". 41,000 cars and trucks travel this road every work day... let's make Main Street the most enjoyable stretch of their commuter route. Patricia, ... Tienken Road plans are yet again 20th century design... all about cars and trucks traveling at 50-mph, and not about the affect it will have on the property value that abuts the road, and the character of the community. $10,000,000+ the cost; and the RCOC is going to build a dangerous three-lane 50-mph highway* and a costly roundabout the community doesn't want. For the same price RCOC could build a complete street, a beautiful two-lane parkway, and our mayor and city council won't support that idea... WHY! to be continued...
Scot Beaton March 04, 2012 at 05:25 AM
yes...these kinds projects include incentives to finish early, let's hope they do. Scot Beaton former Rochester Hills City Council member 1988 to 1997 President, Rochester Hills City Council (2 Years)
Scot Beaton March 04, 2012 at 05:38 AM
*Federal Highway Administration fact... a three-lane road is more dangerous than a five-lane or two-lane road. The continuous center-lane on a three-lane gives the driver a comfort level to go faster at oncoming traffic than a two-lane which increases deadly head-on collisions. A five-lane is a big wide road and gives the driver more room to get out of the way. Also the homeowners for a 1/4 mile east of Big Boy don't have a clue what their in for... when you include the two 8 foot wide asphalt pathways and the new 42 foot wide concert highway, the homeowners are going to have 58 feet of pavement in their front yard and NO trees.


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