By early next week, the orange and white barrels will be absent from the corner of Avon and Livernois roads — one of the busiest intersections in Rochester Hills.
Although the intersection opened to traffic with the completion of the Livernois Bridge on Nov. 5, turn lanes have been blocked by barrels since that time.
So, what's the holdup?
Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett said this week the intermittent lane closures in the past month have been for improvements to pedestrian and bike pathways at the intersection. Earlier this year, the city received a .
The grant was awarded by the Michigan Department of Transportation; Rochester Hills is one of four cities to receive MDOT grant funding this year.
The improvements will connect the nearby Clinton River Trail to the intersection; it will also feature expanded concrete gathering areas near the intersections, as well as lighting and a brick retaining wall with the city's logo on it.
(Read more about the changes in Rochester Hills Secures Grant to Build Pathways at Avon-Livernois.)
The re-opening of the Livernois Bridge over the Clinton River last month signaled the near-end of more than a year of construction work at the intersection.
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 and ended in June. The rebuilding of the Livernois Bridge began in July.