Simple Resurfacing (Preservation Overlays)
Preservation overlays, commonly known as simple resurfacing, consists of placing 2 inches to 2.5 inches of asphalt on the surface of a road. This technique is done on heavier traveled roads that are considered in moderately good shape. Preservation overlay extends the life of the road until there is a longer term project such as reconstruction or resurfacing with extensive work done on the road's base. The projects are either funded federally or by the RCOC through local dollars.
Most projects can be done quickly and often under flaggers directing traffic within the construction zone; however, others involving federal or Tri-Party (provided by Oakland County General Government) funding will take longer to complete. If the safety of motorists and workers becomes an issue, there could be an intermittent closure of the road (especially areas that intersect with a busy road).
In 2019, over 100 miles of roads throughout Oakland County have been improved. In 2020, over 60 miles of primary roads (heavier traveled roads) have been improved through the program.
**The schedule is subject to frequent changes.***
What to expect:
- Traffic delays (roads will remain open to traffic during the work with flagging operations in the work zone)
- Expect long delays at intersections
- Temporary disruption of driveway and subdivision access during milling and paving operations
- Work to begin around 6 a.m. (some weekend work will be scheduled as well)
- Shoulder and pavement marking work will also be done on the roads after the paving is complete
- Work will take place during the school year in order to get the entire program completed by fall
- Roads that are going to be used as a detour for other road projects will be one first
- Shoulder gravel restoration will be done after paving is complete
- Some shoulder paving will take place before mainline paving
- Structures (manhole covers) will be raised by the contractor after paving is complete
- Lane markings will be temporary until a striping contractor is available (The striping contractor has flexibility to schedule each road based on availability. The road surface as to be dry for the work.)
2021 PRESERVATION OVERLAY CONTRACTOR: To Be Announced
List of previous Preservation Overlay projects (2017-2020): CLICK HERE
Funding: Local (gas tax and vehicle registration fees sent to the RCOC by the State of Michigan
through a formula know as Public Act 51 of 1951; does not include sales tax collected at the gas pump).
Rural Federal Aid: The RCOC purchase of federal road dollars from Michigan rural counties was purchased at reduced rate. These projects are federally funded and must be bid out by the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Short video explaining the Preservation Overlay program: CLICK HERE
2020 Preservation Overlay Program Press Release (April 17, 2020)
2020 Photos: CLICK HERE
2021 Preservation Overlays (Simple Resurfacing)
Community or Communities
Mainline paving completion (striping and shoulder restoration to follow)
|Independence Township Road Millage projects
||Independence Township||For a list of roads and paving schedule: CLICK HERE
||2021 WORK START TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON||Township Millage and RCOC|