Work began Monday morning on the widening and rebuilding of Crooks Road in Rochester Hills.
The project, which is happening from Star Batt Drive, south of Hamlin Road, to Bonnie Brae Street north of Hamlin Road, has reduced Crooks to one lane in each direction.
At times during the project, the road will be reduced to only one lane with traffic controlled by workers holding flags, according to the Road Commission for Oakland County.
A compete closure of parts of the road are imminent. Here are the details:
- Starting Aug. 11, Crooks will be completely closed to through-traffic from Hamlin to Bonnie Brae, though traffic will be allowed to travel east or west through the intersection of Hamlin and Crooks roads. This total closure will last until Sept. 24.
- Starting Sept. 24, Crooks will be completely closed to through-traffic from Hamlin to Star Batt, though traffic will be allowed to travel east or west through the intersection of Hamlin and Crooks roads. This will last about three weeks.
During these total closures, the detour route for Crooks Road through-traffic will be Avon Road to Adams Road to Auburn Road and back to Crooks and vice versa.
When it's finished, Crooks will be rebuilt in concrete and widened to five lanes from Star Batt to the Clinton River Bridge, and then rebuilt in asphalt (but not widened) from the bridge to Bonnie Brae.
The $4 million project also includes filling the gaps in the pedestrian pathway along this part of Crooks.
About $3.7 million for the project will come from the Michigan Transportation Economic Development Fund, a combination of state and federal funding dedicated to projects that help alleviate congestion caused by economic development or that are intended to attract economic development. The road commission will pay the remainder of the cost.
The work is being performed by Angelo Iafrate Construction Company of Warren.
The work is happening at the same time as two other north-south road projects in the area. The rebuildling of the has closed that road through November. In addition, the through downtown Rochester.