Rebuilding of Crooks Road Under Way in Rochester Hills

So now there are three north-south roads being rebuilt in the area: First Rochester Road, then Livernois Road and now Crooks.

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.

jill clark July 30, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Salon Elan is still open for business during construction! You'll have to pull into the shopping center from Star Batt to get to us.
Kristin Bull (Editor) July 30, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Good point, Jill. All businesses are open during the construction. If there are others out there who want to share info on how to get to their businesses, please do so here!
john July 30, 2012 at 03:22 PM
who plans these things?? I would love to have a "discussion" with them.
laurie puscas July 30, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Well, it is my understanding that one of the Rochester Hills city councilmen works for the company that is doing a number of these projects. That might be a good place to start.
Larrybud July 30, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Which council member would that be?
Darwin July 30, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Unfortunate timing! This part of Crooks SHOULD have been done LAST year! It is also UNFORTUNATE that Livernois from the closed bridge south to Hamlin is not being widened while the bridge is closed! Guess that closure looms to happen in another year! :(
laurie puscas July 30, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Greg Hooper
Julie S July 30, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I realize road projects are all down individually..but in the "master plan" someone should be able to coordinate this which would ultimately keep costs lower if they have similar equipment there for the projects. Suppose City Council should be the one that is making sure things can be coordinated on behalf of their citizens to ease the commute on us.
Beverly July 30, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Oakland County Road Commission....they have a website
Beverly July 30, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Road Commission of Oakland County they have a website
Beverly July 30, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Rochester Rd is MDOT - Michigan Department of Transportation Crooks Rd is Road Commission of Oakland County Livernois Rd bridge project is Road Commission of Oakland County
Kristin Bull (Editor) July 30, 2012 at 07:52 PM
In the past, we have been told that when money becomes available for a road project like this to be completed, the governing entities feel a responsibility to take that money and go with it. The Livernois project was supposed to be done in 2013 but moved to this year when funding came available, according to the RCOC.
Char Kruse July 31, 2012 at 01:23 PM
can't they finish one at a time!
Peter Adair July 31, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Ok, this really makes my life bad! If they shut down Crooks, my Livernois alternate is inaccessible due to the bridge shutdown. Adams road north during traffic is going to be NUTS!
chris murray August 01, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Classic Lanes is open. You just need to be patient to be able to turn. I would like to know why the green turn arrow is even functioning for it's record 20 seconds it gives you to turn with a one lane road. I sat there for more than 10 minutes with a red arrow when no traffic was coming southbound since the northbound was the traffic moving. What a waste of my almost $4 a gallon gas to just sit there. At least they could try to move cars that have no need to just sit at a red arrow. Let's get that switched to a flashing yellow during this mess.
Michelli August 01, 2012 at 02:50 AM
This construction has caused me huge delays in getting to work. Really this is ridiculous. I have to travel to 16 and crooks and it now takes me 45 min. at least. There is no way around without increasing my time travel even more. Funding or not, really? Someone was not using their head.
chris murray August 01, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Just think of the businesses that will be cut off from everyone north when they close that intersection for a while. People will have to go way out of their way west to then go south and then go east to then go north to get to some of us.
Reggie August 01, 2012 at 01:14 PM
The real issue here is the fact that the road was CLOSED last year. This work should have been done then. The city knew then that the bridges at Livernois were falling apart. Money and effort should have been put in then while the road was already closed to do the work. I would not recommend using the Crooks/Hamlin intersection during the day while construction is in process. It is a one-lane road with a flagger at Hamlin and by Star Blatt.
chris murray August 01, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I agree Reggie in regards to your comment about avoiding the area however, some of us work there and those of us that own businesses certainly are hoping that people don't choose to avoid the area until November or it could be the end of us. I just feel that the Road Commission could do a little more to ease the pain for us.
Scot Beaton August 02, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Kristin Bull TRUE... TRUE... TRUE... thanks for your Article and update -- when the money is there you take it... if you don't you may lose it! M-59 -- Crooks to Dequindre was one of those Obama, Gary Peters re-build America projects to keep up from slipping into another great depression. M-59 was not even going to be considered a road widening project till around 2014.
Scot Beaton August 02, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Crooks Road... It's all public record History: original plans Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC)... five lane highway 50 mph from South Boulevard all the way to Avon Rd. Then came a progressive group of forward thinking City Council members who thought crisscrossing the town with more Rochester Road designs was a bad idea -- and did not want our town to grow up and look like Warren or Sterling Heights MI. (no offense to either city -- I just don't want my home value to slip to your home values). So this City Council passed a resolution -- no new five lane roads for Rochester Hills. RCOC came back with a new master plan... a four lane boulevard South Boulevard to Hamlin Rd. and twin two lane bridges over M-59. It was a beautiful plan -- upscale in character and safer to travel on than a five lane highway. Well the money ran out about 2 football fields short of M-59 and that progressive group of forward thinking City Council members were term limited out of office. New City Council members were elected they voted out the no new five lane roads resolution -- new members like Bryan K. Barnett. So the RCOC when federal funding became available again came back with a cheaper plan -- less safe -- for the bridge... and now a cheaper plan to widen Crooks Rd. Now if your all about wanting to have your city grow up and look like Warren or Sterling Heights MI. please keep this new City Council and Mayor in office.
Janice August 02, 2012 at 06:34 PM
There's no quick way to get anywhere from Walton and Livernois these days. This morning I was stopped on Crooks North of Hamlin for over 15 minutes. I can't take Livernois, because it's blocked at Avon. I'll have to take Avon to Adams. I feel we need a faster road going South but I understand no one wanting it in their backyard.
Jackie August 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM
I live just 12 minutes from work. But with all of this construction going on simultaneously, it now takes me at least 30 minutes. Not to mention the increase in fuel cost for all of these detours.


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