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 60 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 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.)


Contractor website:  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


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

Avon Road 

Livernois  Road to west of Dequindre Road Rochester Hills August 6 TBA RCOC
Bogie Lake Road Cooley Lake Road to Wise Road White Lake and Commerce townships May 13 MAINLINE PAVING COMPLETE RCOC
Carroll Lake Road Commerce Road to Cooley Lake Road Commerce Township May 2  MAINLINE PAVING COMPLETE RCOC
Carey Road

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

Milford Village limits to Duck Lake Road Milford Township May 14 MAINLINE PAVING COMPLETE RCOC
Commerce Road Wise Road to Carroll Lake Road     (map: CLICK HERE)
Cooley Lake Road Elizabeth Lake Road to Cass Elizabeth Road  Waterford Township June 22  MAINLINE PAVING COMPLETE RCOC
Elizabeth Lake Road

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

Crack sealing (prior to paving) starting May 4 TBA RCOC 
Fish Lake Road Fenton Road to Elliott Road Rose and Holly townships Shoulder paving beginning May 6
Work expected to begin with on September 21. Fish Lake Road will close south of Grange Hall at the railroad tracks for CN work on the crossing.  
 TBA Federal Aid
Glengary Road Wixom Road to Benstein Road Commerce Township TBA TBA RCOC
Hiller Road Commerce Road to Cooley Lake Road West Bloomfield and Waterford townships May 14 COMPLETE RCOC
Independence Township Road Millage projects

 Independence Township For a list of roads and paving schedule:   CLICK HERE      
Lahser Road Civic Center Drive to 10 Mile Road Southfield TBA TBA RCOC 
Lahser/9 Mile Road intersection Lahser/9 Mile Road intersection only Southfield TBA TBA RCOC 
Livernois Road

North of Walton Blvd to south of Tienken Road Rochester Hills May 6 COMPLETE RCOC
Lone Pine Road

Lahser Road to Inkster Road Bloomfield and West Bloomfield townships

*Middle Road

Hickory Ridge Road to Milford Road

Highland Township  *on hold due to Consumers Energy pipeline work (possibly moved to 2021) on hold RCOC
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
Ormond Road M-59 (Highland Road) to the White Lake/Springfield township border

White Lake and Springfield townships Shoulder work starting Apr. 22 

Mainline paving starting Apr. 28 
Ormond Road Davisburg Road to north of White Lake Road Springfield Township  Shoulder work beginning Apr. 22

Mainline paving 8/17 (this section is separate and will be done mostly with federal aid dollars requiring a separate bid)
 9/21 (approximately) Federal Aid & RCOC
Parkdale Road

Letica to Dequindre Road Rochester May 6 MAINLINE PAVING COMPLETE  RCOC
Pontiac Trail/Silver Lake Road

Grand River Avenue to Livingston County border Lyon Township Shoulder work starting Apr. 28 (tentatively) Mainline paving TBA
Pontiac Trail Orchard Trail  to Orchard Lake Road Orchard Lake Village July 10 MAINLINE PAVING COMPLETE RCOC
Richardson Road

Green Lake Road to Newton Road West Bloomfield and Commerce townships April 30 MAINLINE PAVING COMPLETE RCOC
Squirrel Road South Blvd to Wattles Road  Bloomfield Township June 26 (milling)  MAINLINE PAVING COMPLETE RCOC
Union Lake Road Richardson Road to Cooley Lake Road Commerce Township TBA TBA TBA
White Lake Road Andersonville Road to just east of Eagle Road

Wise Road Bogie Lake Road to Union Lake Road

Commerce Township May 2 (milling) Shoulder work starting May 4 and mainline paving May 9 MAINLINE PAVING COMPLETE RCOC
Wixom Road Pontiac Trail to Glengary Road Wixom and Commerce Township TBA TBA RCOC

Preservation Overlay Sign