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MDOT public meeting to discuss proposed changes to Grand River Avenue in city of Farmington

Release date: 9/7/2016

WHAT:
A public meeting to discuss proposed operational changes to existing lanes on Grand River Avenue in the city of Farmington as part of a 2017 preventive maintenance resurfacing project.

WHO:
Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) staff
Project consultant
City of Farmington
Residents and interested stakeholders

WHEN:
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016
4:30-6:30 pm

WHERE:
City Hall
23600 Liberty St.
Farmington

Accommodations can be made for persons with disabilities and limited English speaking ability. Large print materials, auxiliary aids or the services of interpreters, signers, or readers available upon request. Please call the Oakland Transportation Service Center, 248-451-0001.

BACKGROUND:
MDOT is proposing to reduce Grand River Avenue from the existing four lanes (two lanes in each direction) to three lanes (one lane in each direction with a center left-turn lane) from Shiawassee Street to Farmington Road. The lane reduction will allow the installation of an on-street bike lane on the north side of Grand River Avenue.

Also being proposed is reducing the two eastbound through-lanes east of Farmington Road between Grove Street and Mayfield Street to one eastbound through-lane for additional on-street parking on Grand River Avenue.

MDOT will consider feedback from this meeting for the project's final approval before work begins.

August 19, 2016 - Commissioner Bill Dwyer Secures Funding for City of Farmington Roads

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners has unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Bill Dwyer securing $11,642 in funding for a local road project in the City of Farmington. Oakland County’s contribution will be put towards the completion of an estimated $150,000 project to repair and resurface Farmington roads.

“The new Local Road Improvement Pilot Program, developed by the Board of Commissioners, benefits the residents and businesses in my district by addressing one of our highest priority issues: roads,” stated Dwyer. “In the past year, we have significantly increased the amount of funds available to assist local governments, such as the City of Farmington, in improving local roads. Better roads improve our quality of life and support economic development in Oakland County.”

Farmington City Manager David M. Murphy indicated his appreciation, on behalf of the City of Farmington, to Commissioner Bill Dwyer for his work securing funding to improve local roads. “We appreciate that Oakland County is such a great partner for our community,” stated Murphy. “The City of Farmington is grateful to be part of the Local Road Improvement Pilot Program. This program will greatly benefit Farmington. We recognize the correlation between a community’s economic development and the quality of its road network.”

Funding for the project has been made available from Oakland County’s new Local Road Improvement Pilot Program. This program provides limited financial assistance to Oakland County cities and villages for repairs and improvements on roadways under their jurisdiction. Local municipalities must match funding from Oakland County and projects should supplement, not replace, existing local road repair efforts. The Oakland County Board of Commissioners allocated up to $1,000,000 in matching funds to launch the program in 2016. Communities are allocated a share of these funds based upon a formula consisting of road miles, population and crash data. The program supplements the long standing Tri-Party Road Improvement Program, which provides a 1/3 share in matching funds to support repairs on local roadways that are under the control of the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC).

Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell explained the purpose of the pilot program by stating, “The long-term lack of investment from the state and federal governments in local road infrastructure has taken a heavy toll on our roadways. Poor conditions on our roads create an impediment to the economic development of our region and diminish the excellent quality of life our residents expect. While Oakland County government has no statutory responsibility to provide funding for local roads, Executive Patterson and the Board of Commissioners are working together to leverage limited County funds to be a part of an interim solution addressing the most pressing repair and maintenance needs.”

For more information, contact Commissioner Bill Dwyer at 248-417-7500. For media inquiries, please contact Oakland County Board of Commissioners—Liaison Julia Ruffin at 248-858-1092.

 

 

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