Preservation Overlays

The 2020 Preservation Overlay Program is expected to begin in the spring 

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 46 miles of primary roads (heavier traveled) will be 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 restoration will be done 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.)


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 Overlays (Simple Resurfacing)
List is tentative and could change 


Project Limits

Community or Communities

Start Date

Mainline paving completion (striping and shoulder restoration to follow)

Funding Source

Local Community Funding

Avon Road 

Livernois  Road to west of Dequindre Road Rochester Hills TBA TBA RCOC TBA
Carey Road

Commerce Road to west of Cooley Lake Road Commerce Township TBA TBA RCOC TBA
Commerce Road

Milford Village limits to Duck Lake Road Milford Township TBA TBA RCOC TBA
Elizabeth Lake Road

Cooley Lake Road to Union Lake Road Waterford and White Lake townships

 Fish Lake Road Fenton Road to Elliott Road Rose and Holly townships TBA   Federal Aid TBA
Livernois Road

North of Walton Blvd to south of Tienken Road Rochester Hills TBA TBA RCOC TBA
Lone Pine Road

Lahser Road to Inkster Road Bloomfield and West Bloomfield townships

Middle Road

Hickory Ridge Road to Milford Road

Highland Township  TBA TBA RCOC TBA
Milford Road

10 Mile Road to Grand River Avenue Lyon Township

Oak Hill Road

Sashabaw Road to Dartmouth Road

Independence and Brandon townships  TBA TBA RCOC TBA

Ormond Road M-59 (Highland Road) to Davisburg Road

White Lake and Springfield townships TBA TBA RCOC and Federal Aid TBA
Parkdale Road

Letica to Dequindre Road Rochester TBA TBA  RCOC TBA
Pontiac Trail/Silver Lake Road

Grand River Avenue to Livingston County border Lyon Township TBA TBA RCOC TBA
Richardson Road

Green Lake Road to Newton Road West Bloomfield and Commerce townships TBA TBA RCOC TBA
Squirrel Road South Blvd to Wattle Road  Bloomfield Township TBA TBA RCOC TBA

White Lake Road Andersonville Road to just east of Eagle Road

 White Lake Township  TBA TBA RCOC TBA
Wise Road Bogie Lake Road to Union Lake Road

Commerce Township TBA TBA RCOC No

Preservation Overlay Sign