The orange cones at the intersection of Avon and Livernois roads will soon be only a memory.
The busy Rochester Hills intersection was scheduled to reopen to traffic in all directions Monday to mark the completion of a new Livernois Bridge. A ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Road Commission of Oakland County was planned for 11 a.m. at the bridge.
The Livernois 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, city officials called the rebuilding of the bridges an "emergency" situation.
Reconstruction of the Avon Bridge began this past February. The rebuilding of the Livernois Bridge began in July.
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 moved the project up yet one more year when funding became available.
Earlier this year, the city of Rochester Hills received a $207,000 grant to build pedestrian and bike pathways and make other aesthetic improvements at the intersection of Avon and Livernois roads. Those improvements are ongoing at the intersection.
Today's anticipated reopening of the Livernois Bridge will make traveling from north to south in the city much easier: Livernois, Crooks and Rochester Road have all been under construction this year.
Crooks Road has reopened to traffic. The Rochester Road project is scheduled to wrap up on Friday, Nov. 23.