Beverly Hills, Mich. — The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC), in partnership with the City of Rochester Hills, has completed the replacement of the Livernois Road bridge over the Clinton River just south of Avon Road in Rochester Hills, and Livernois Road has been re-opened at the bridge.
The opening was marked with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday (Monday, Nov. 5).
The Livernois bridge replacement project started in mid-July following the replacement of the nearby Avon Road bridge over the Clinton River (just east of Livernois). Both bridges had deteriorated significantly in recent years.
RCOC Chairman Eric Wilson noted that the Road Commission and the City of Rochester Hills worked extensively to get the funding to replace both bridges this year. Funding through the state’s Local Bridge Program was originally approved for the Livernois bridge for 2014, but RCOC was successful in its efforts to move the funding forward two years.
“We were able to replace both the Avon and Livernois bridges over the Clinton River in one construction season,” said RCOC Chairman Eric Wilson. “We recognize this created some inconvenience for motorists, but had we not aggressively sought funding to replace the bridges this year, there was the very real possibility we might have had to close one or both bridges for safety reasons and wait one, two or more years for funding to become available for their replacement. This way we replaced both in one construction season.”
“This was a tremendous team effort,” stated Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett. “I’m very proud of the work our city staff did in assisting with this project. I am sincerely grateful to our residents for their patience and understanding as we moved this critical infrastructure project forward. I’ve never been more excited to cross a bridge!”
RCOC Chairman Wilson also thanked the community for its patience during the project. “We worked closely with the City of Rochester Hills and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to try to coordinate the various projects taking place in the Rochester area this year,” he stated. “Despite this effort, we recognize that a number of projects have been underway in the area causing disruption of traffic. However, all that work means nearly $18 million was invested in improvements in the community this year.”
In addition to the RCOC’s replacement of the Avon Road and Livernois Road bridges, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is reconstructing Rochester Road/Main Street (M-150) in downtown Rochester and RCOC reconstructed and widened Crooks Road from Star Batt Drive to north of Hamlin Road in Rochester Hills.
The Livernois bridge cost approximately $3.2 million to replace. Of that amount, $2.5 million came from the state’s Local Bridge Program (a combination of state and federal funds dedicated to replacing bridges on local roads in Michigan). The city contributed $118,000 while RCOC is adding $486,000.
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