Avon Bridge Re-Opens in Rochester Hills

A chorus of honking horns celebrated the opening at 2:15 p.m. Friday.

It has been an event more than a year in the making.

On Friday afternoon, the newly built Avon Bridge re-opened to traffic at one of the busiest intersections in Rochester Hills.  

It has been completely closed to traffic since February.

Workers removed the barricades and opened the road at 2:15 p.m. Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett, shouting "thank you" to the workers who had gathered on the corner, was the first one through the westbound part of the intersection.

The  has been more than a year in the making: Last February it was found to be rapidly deteriorating; all but one lane in each direction had been closed since then. In a finding that compounded traffic congestion at the busy Avon-Livernois intersection, the Livernois Bridge was also discovered shortly after to be deteriorating.

The Livernois Bridge will be .

The Avon Bridge project involved removing and replacing the bridge over the Clinton River just east of Livernois. The new bridge has been constructed of pre-stressed concrete and contains the same five lanes as the previous bridge. The project included repaving, new guardrails and relocation of a water main.

It cost about $2.6 million. A Michigan Local Bridge Program grant covered $2.5 million of the cost, and the Oakland County Road Commission covered most of the remaining cost. The city of Rochester Hills contributed $32,000 for the installation of decorative lighting and hand rails as well as some pathway construction.

The city of Rochester Hills also and make other aesthetic improvements at the intersection of Avon and Livernois roads.

The grant was awarded by the Michigan Department of Transportation; Rochester Hills is one of four cities to receive MDOT grant funding this year.



Dean La Douceur June 29, 2012 at 06:53 PM
That's me in the silver sedan next to the mayor!
Kristin Bull (Editor) June 29, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Nice to have met you, Dean!
Daryl Patrishkoff June 29, 2012 at 08:31 PM
I just drove over the bridge twice, it works! Great to have it open and we are looking forward to the Livernois bridge getting fixed. A little more pain and then we are in a better place. Great work on the bridge.
Sandy Tabacchi June 30, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Thank you to the construction workers for doing a wonderful job!!
Cornelius Collins June 30, 2012 at 10:26 AM
I enjoyed walking my dog up to the corner and checking out what was going on. What an amazing process and it was impressive to see it as it happened. Appointments kept me away when it opened but earlier that day I wlaked over there asnd knew it was a matter of hours. It was exciting! I echo the thank you to all of the hard work done by the crew and also found them to be friendly when asked a quick question or just in passing. Thank you Mayor for the work done to secure the funds and to speed up the project so that now the other bridge can be replaced a year earlier than initially projected. Well done!!
Michele Manhire June 30, 2012 at 12:03 PM
That's us talking with the Sheriff! =) My construction-obsessed son and I have been hanging out at the site since February, and had the wonderful privilege to get to know "Mr. Jim" from Oakland County, and the crew from Dan's Excavating. Great guys we enjoyed bringing ho'made cookies to, and getting to know! We weren't able to be there for the opening, but having the chance to run on the bridge in the morning, and say a fond farewell to Mr. Jim and the guys, was great. How funny to see us in the news here!
Michele Manhire June 30, 2012 at 12:25 PM
OOPS! SENT a picture instead of getting one FROM you... sorry!! <=)
Kristin Bull (Editor) June 30, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Oh, Michele! How fun for your son ... Those workers must be his heroes! Thanks for sharing your story!


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