Businesses Coping with Road Construction

Just as a business needs to perform routine maintenance and sometimes renovations, so too does RCOC.

The only difference is the Road Commission's routine maintenance and renovations are on the roads and tend to inconvenience businesses and their customers. Though most road projects can be constructed in two to six months, they often take several years from start to finish, including planning and design.

Stay informed by subscribing to one of our notifications lists. We recommend Press Releases as well as Traffic Alerts. These will provide information a business owner would need to know. Click here to sign up.

Benefits of Construction Projects
Transportation and mobility are vital to economic growth. Other benefits, besides the road improvement itself, may include:

  • Increased exposure and visibility for businesses in areas that will have increased traffic flows.
  • Enhanced safety features.
  • Decreased congestion for projects that provide increased traffic capacity.
  • Road projects can spur future economic development.
  • A safer, smoother roadway near your business. This is not only more aesthetically pleasing, but it typically requires less future maintenance and creates less wear and tear on vehicles.
  • Crosswalks in the project area will be improved to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
  • Many project promote walkable communities by incorporating RCOC's Complete Streets philosophy.
While we all experience inconvenience during road construction, businesses may see a decrease in their revenue during these times. Once a project is completed, though, customers will notice the area looks more inviting, congestion may be reduced (making the trip quicker) and access to businesses may be improved.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know if a construction project is being planned in my area?

RCOC typically begins planning major projects well in advance of project start dates. Here is our list of current projects. You can also sign up to receive our press releases and traffic alerts to stay update to date on current projects, as well as emergency road closures.

How long does a construction project typically last?

The duration of road construction projects varies depending on what kind of work is being done, when the work is being done, what resources are available during construction and many other factors. In Southeast Michigan, the construction season is determined by our weather -- typically road construction season is from April through November. We attempt to complete most projects within one season, but larger projects can take longer.

Not only does the construction itself take time, but time is also needed for other project aspects, such as acquisition of necessary property (such as when a road is being widened) and relocation of utilities that are within the road right of way. Depending on what is needed on a particular project, these may lengthen the project schedule. Our project page will have the most up-to-date anticipated completion dates available. 

What activities and changes can I expect in my area during construction?

Depending on the project, lanes or even whole roads may be closed during the construction phase (though  RCOC only closes roads when it is absolutely necessary or will significantly speed the construction process). You will likely see equipment moving in and out of the work zone, which at times may also cause temporary lane closures. You will see crew members working on the project, sometimes early in the mornings or into the evenings. The crew members will be easy to identify as they will be wearing hard hats and reflective safety vests. There will also likely be dust in the surrounding areas, as well as periodic use of machinery which can create loud noises.

Will customers still have access to my business during construction?

Yes. Temporary signs will be installed alerting motorists that businesses remain open during construction. Even if a road is closed to through traffic, motorists will be allowed to access homes and businesses within the construction zone. The Road Commission will never prohibit access to a home or business.

Businesses may want to consider signs of their own illustrating to customers the business is still open. Example pictures below.

Will I be compensated for any lost revenues?
RCOC does not compensate businesses for lost revenues.

How can I communicate questions and concerns during a project?
RCOC has several ways for the public to contact us with questions and concerns about any of our projects. You can call toll free at (877) 858-4804, email us at or complete the Report an Issue form on our Website.
Thanks to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) for much of this information.
Business Open Sign
Business Open During Construction
Please note the above sign was paid for by the business/property owners'. They worked with the local city/village/township as well as the RCOC in where to put the sign.