Your Guide to Rochester-Area Traffic on Brooksie Way Day

From Walton to Avon to Tienken to Adams, here's when your favorite roads will close and open on Sunday.

Here's the most important thing you need to keep in mind: all roads in Rochester and Rochester Hills will be open by noon.

But before then, the roads will close and re-open with the runners and walkers for the fifth-annual Brooksie Way. 

Here's a list of the closures, along with a detailed map of the course, as provided by race organizers. 

For complete coverage of the race, see our special section on Rochester Patch.

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Walton and Adams

  • Closing: 7:30 a.m.
  • Opening: About noon

Walton and Brewster

  • Closing: 7:30 a.m.
  • Open: About 9 a.m.

Walton and Old Perch 

  • Closing: 7:30 a.m.
  • Opening: About 9:15 a.m.

Note about Old Perch: Once the runners and walkers have passed Walton and Old Perch and the intersection of Old Perch and Avon, traffic will be able to head south on Old Perch, then west on Avon to Crooks or Adams. Eastbound Avon will be opened after all runners and walkers are on the Clinton River Trail, at about 9:15 am.

Avon and Livernois

  • Closing: 7:30 a.m.
  • Opening: About 9:15 a.m.

Avon Road at the Clinton River Trail (east of Livernois Road)

  • Closing: 7:30 a.m.
  • Opening: About 9:15 a.m.

University and Main (downtown Rochester)

  • Closing: 8:30 a.m.
  • Opening: About noon

Note: Second Street between Main and Elizabeth and Letica between Elizabeth and Parkdale will be temporarily blocked while the race is in the downtown area. The following intersections may also be temporarily blocked: Woodward and Main; Ludlow and University; Ludlow and Woodward.

Tienken Road (from Paint Creek Trail to Brewster)

  • Closing: 8:30 a.m.
  • Opening: About noon

Note: Vehicles coming north or south on Livernois will be able to cross Tienken Road at Livernois when it is safe to do so and allowed by the traffic control officer. 

Tienken and Brewster

  • Closing: 8:30 a.m.
  • Opening: About noon

Note: Traffic traveling eastbound on Tienken between Adams and Brewster will be able to head south on Brewster to Walton and then east on Walton. There will be no access to northbound Brewster or any further east on Tienken past Brewster.

Brewster and Dutton

  • Closing: 8:30 a.m.
  • Opening: Noon

Note: If coming west on Dutton, it may be possible to turn onto northbound Brewster depending on the runners and walkers in the intersection. There will be no access to southbound Brewster. 

Dutton and Adams

  • Closing: 8:30 a.m.
  • Opening: Noon

Tienken and Adams

  • Closing: 8:30 a.m.
  • Opening: Noon

Other things to note

Walton and Livernois: This intersection will be open but there will be limited access until noon.

Downtown Rochester: It will be congested. North/south traffic will likely be backed up signifcantly at University and Main. 

Residents of Hawthorne and Brookwood subdivisions: There are special detour routes for you during the race. See the Brooksie Way website for details. 

Village of Rochester Hills: Access the shopping plaza by westbound Walton or northbound Adams to eastbound Walton, then using the median turnaround. 

University Square (Busch's/Trader Joe's) shopping plaza: Access will be by Walton Boulevard from west of Adams. 

Mike Reno September 28, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I don’t think anyone was trying to pick a fight here, and nobody was criticizing those in the community (or out of the community, for that matter) who value the event, and/or are participating in it. I think we understand that we need to tolerate it, deal with it, and get over it. Not sure why grumbling about it should subject us to some sanctimonious lecture.
Barbara Krueger September 28, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I am a big fun raiser for the Michigan Parkinson Foundation every May. We raise thousands of dollars for the cause. The race us held on a SATURDAY in St. Clair Shores. We run through many parts of the neighborhood, but no roads are closed to inconvenient the citizens of SCS;s. Get the picture?
Rochester Mom September 28, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Yes I agree. Plan ahead. This is a family friendly community event. Just because you are not participating doesn't mean its worthless and should be moved so as not to inconvenience a single soul. My husband runs it every year. We got to church on Saturday that weekend.
Rochester Mom September 28, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Whether she is or isn't. She has a point. This is a family friendly event. It's a positive message for all ages.
Rochester Mom September 28, 2012 at 06:40 PM
This is a good point. but I wonder if the trail can handle that many runners at once. Might be a bottle neck situation.
doug September 28, 2012 at 08:42 PM
lets agree its a worthwhile cause. That aside...They could still have this event and eliminate alot of the issues by planning the course in a way that is less disruptive on the lives of the SAME people every year. It is ridiculous that someone is trapped in their own subdivision. No other event anyone has mentioned comes even close to creating that situation. Just plan it better ....change the course every year. Lets give everyone the opportunty to experience the fun,....
Rochester Hill's Mom Supporter September 28, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Did anyone notice that these comments are not in chronological order?
Hrtrunner726 September 28, 2012 at 11:08 PM
It is not just the few hours of not being able to get in or out of the area! But also the waste and mess of clothes in the streets and cups and water bottles left in the neighborhood for weeks to follow.
Barbara Krueger September 28, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Hrtrunner726, you make a good point!
Sue September 29, 2012 at 04:02 PM
We live in one of the affected neighborhoods. Our family has chosen every year to make the most of a bad situation and go out and cheer on the runners and enjoy the atmosphere of a major event running past our house. However, we are a church going family and we don't appreciate having a Sunday used for this event every year. We do not find it "family friendly" as so many have suggested as a beer keg is positioned every year near our house and beer is freely offered to the runners in our neighborhood. We do not see anyone checking fror ID - just people drinking beer and throwing cups on the ground. We also have noticed as people try to get out of the sub, the rudeness of the police officers. We have yet to hear one of the police officers speak nicely to people genuinely trapped within the neighborhood. We have many wonderful parks in the Detroit metro area which could handle this type of race well - Stoney Creek, Kensington...it would have been nice if the race organizers would have considered one of those especially this year with 3 major road closures already making it difficult for us to get anywhere within the Rochester area. I think it would have been nice if city council would talk with these neighborhoods that have been affected every year and find out how they could make this a better situation for all involved - we feel as if we have no say.
Barbara Krueger September 29, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Sue, I just think this event is poorly organized all the way around. I did not realize until someone else gave the post about the littering, etc. I don't think a lot of people realize how poorly this is advertised in other communities like Lake Orion, etc. The reason I say this is because I live on the corner of Tienken and for hours I will see trucks, cars, motorcycles drive down to Adams only to have to turn around and head back west. Sometimes you will see the same vehicle try several times to come back and try again. I do hope the people who love this event and sponsors will read the posts on rochesterpatch.com. I can almost tell by some of the posts the people that never attend church on Sunday morning or any other time for that matter. Their religion is running. By the way Abiding Presence, tell me how to get to your church this Sunday.
Renee Czaplicki September 29, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Abiding Presence will not have services on Sunday to accommodate the race. They have a service Sat. at 5pm
Barbara Krueger September 29, 2012 at 06:37 PM
To the pastor of Abiding Presence (actually, I knew the former Pastor McKinney from Mt. Zion in Detroit). There is another big event held in RH Saturday night so your Saturday service would not work for me either. Your church was a church I was considering joining, but will continue to worship at my church in Ray Twp.even though I live just west (other side of Adams) of AB.
Amanda Kirksey September 30, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Today I was driving through The Village and I saw so many running families shopping our mall after picking up their packets at OU's Health and Wellness Expo. It was great seeing them spending their dollars in our community before the big race. This will be the first year that my kids and I will be participating (my husband runs it every year!) and we are very excited about it!
D. M. September 30, 2012 at 01:13 AM
I am tired of being trapped on my street every year for this event! I have to get onto Avon Rd. at 8:30 am to get to work. Why can't the participants walk on the 2 perfectly good bike paths which are on both sides of Avon. I'd like the people who plan this location to be stopped on their way to work and told they can't pull out onto the road!
Jerry Snook September 30, 2012 at 03:28 AM
A beer keg and beer for runners?? Really? I think you should check it out a little closer . . . I know of no runners that would think of drinking during a race if that's what you are suggesting. More likely water . . . it's pretty customary for "locals" to get involved and offer free water. Now, after a race they may line up, but not during. It does sound however, that the race organizers need to do a better job of communicating and working with neighborhoods.
Jerry Snook September 30, 2012 at 03:32 AM
I think the trails presents many problems, and is in the Brooksie course only after the runners thin out. Our trails are too linear . . ."out and back" does not make for a fun race, and you need very wide to start. Also, OU offers the best parking in the area of a large event, I believe.
Sue September 30, 2012 at 03:50 AM
I can assure you that there is a beer keg located along the race route. It is NOT water. We have had heard the runners being offered the beer, the laughter about beer along the race route, and definitely recognize the smell and the keg. We have seen it 4 straight years and I can most assuredly say it is NOT water.
Jen Anesi September 30, 2012 at 05:26 AM
Like Kristin, my house is also boxed in by the event, as is my mom's condo. In order to be able to cover the Brooksie Way with Kristin this year, I'll have to leave home before they shut down the road at 7:30am. True, it's an inconvenience for some, but it's only one Sunday morning a year, and the race raises a LOT of money for many wonderful local organizations. :) Here's some more info about the Brooksie Way Minigrants: http://www.thebrooksieway.com/Pages/minigrants/default.aspx
Barbara Krueger September 30, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Amanda, think of the people who are NOT able to spend money at The Village because we cannot get there! D.M. ~ love your comment.
Barbara Krueger September 30, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Bottom Line: Leave ADAMS alone, leave SUNDAYS alone and the race would be a good idea.
Amanda Kirksey September 30, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Barbara, the Village doesn't open until noon!
Barbara Krueger September 30, 2012 at 04:03 PM
You said the "families are shopping the mall". What mall if the stores don't open "until noon". By the way, the traffic on Tienken is horrific. Cars are trying to go east and are constantly turning around because they cannot go through. They couldn't get through on Walton so they drove over to Tienken and guess what, can't cross Tienken. An AT&T truck, Sears delivery ,etc. For the runners this may be OK, but for others it is poorly organized for the community.
Amanda Kirksey September 30, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I posted yesterday, Barbara. Did you leave early and make it to church this morning?
Gordie Gough September 30, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Get a life people. It's a few hours once a year that attracts thousands of runners promoting good health.
Michelle M. September 30, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Barbara -- THIS is what Abiding Presence was doing this morning during the race: http://rochester.patch.com/articles/rochester-hills-church-embraces-brooksie-way-with-flash-wave#photo-11501719. Supporting a community event, supporting healthy families, supporting people who gave time and money to organizations that are making a difference. That seems pretty Christian to me.
Barbara Krueger September 30, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Michelle M. I could tell you what my Lutheran church does also, however, we NEVER stop anyone in the community from attend their church to worship. Think about it.
BFantana September 30, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Seriously Barbara, 13 comments on this single subject? Not sure if this really impacted you as you must spend 90% of your time sitting on your PC complaining about something that really impacts people for 1/2 day at most. Go to church on Sat for this one situation, think God will understand. Can't believe how intolerable the pretentious snobs of Rochester can be.
Barbara Krueger September 30, 2012 at 09:40 PM
BFantana ~ comment #14. This is what happens when I cannot get to my church on Sunday (no Saturday service, sorry). Usually, I leave on Sunday morning and return Sunday afternoon. Yes, today I had way too much time on my hands. Bye, bye until 2013.
Patricia September 30, 2012 at 09:48 PM
"Can't believe how intolerable the pretentious snobs of Rochester can be."--- don't know if you are using an "assumed" name, but everyone has a right to an opinion-to some, this race was problematic in view of some many road closures still going on in the area. For others, Sunday is their day of worship. That is their right. For others, some cared, some didn't and some ran. But I don't think Rochester is a community of intolerable and pretentious snobs. Rochester welcomed the race and those running, even those that would have preferred that the race had an alternate route this year due to the many road closures and inconveniences they have lived with since spring. But both the race and the day is over. Congratulations to all the winners.


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