Beverly Hills, Mich. — The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) has pushed back the anticipated completion date for the replacement of the Tienken Road bridge over the Stony Creek east of Sheldon Road in Rochester Hills.
The project had originally been scheduled to be completed by Sept. 7. RCOC now anticipates the bridge will be completed in late October or early November.
The project, which started in early July, involves the replacement of the previous 1940 bridge.
The delay was caused by the discovery, mid-way into the project, that the earth sloping down to the new bridge footing at the northeast corner of the bridge is much more unstable than anticipated. As a result, RCOC had to redesign the bridge wing wall to take into account the unstable slope. Work was stopped as a safety precaution while RCOC redesigned this element of the project. Work has now resumed.
Throughout the project, Tienken Road will remain closed between Sheldon and Washington roads. The detour route for Tienken traffic is Dequindre Road to Avon Road to Rochester Road/Main Street and back to Tienken and vice versa.
Additionally, the delay means that the replacement of the nearby Parkdale Road bridge over the Stony Creek (west of Dequindre in Rochester), which was originally scheduled to start immediately following the completion of the Tienken bridge on Sept. 7, will now occur in 2011. The detailed new schedule for the Parkdale bridge replacement has not yet been established.
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