The forecast for summer construction in Rochester and Rochester Hills just got more interesting.
Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett announced Monday night that the reconstruction of the Livernois Road bridge over the Clinton River will begin in mid-July — two years sooner than had been planned.
The bridge was found to be in an advanced state of deterioration in February 2011, soon after similar conditions were discovered on the Avon Road bridge at the same intersection. At the time, .
began three months ago; the bridge has been shut down and Avon Road has been closed at the Livernois Road intersection. It is expected to reopen to at least one lane of traffic in June.
Funding for the Livernois bridge replacement had originally been approved for 2014; the estimated cost was $2.7 million. The Road Commission for Oakland County worked to obtain a Michigan Local Bridge Program grant for $2.5 million, which then allowed them to put the bridge on the schedule for 2013. (The road commission will provide the remainder of the funding.)
The road commission then recently moved the project up yet one more year. Barnett said it was not unusual for road projects to move from one year to another depending on funding.
The bridge replacements are two of four major road construction projects in Rochester and Rochester Hills this year. The Main Street Makeover is ongoing in downtown Rochester; the street is being torn up and rebuilt and it will close to traffic completely beginning next Tuesday.
In addition, Crooks Road near Hamlin Road will be resurfaced this summer; this project will coincide with the Livernois Bridge construction.