Friday, April 26, 2013
Resurfacing projects being completed on Livernois Road, Coolidge Highway and other area roads.
The Road Commission for Oakland County recently announced several road projects that may cause traffic delays over the next few weeks. "It is RCOC’s goal to conduct road improvement projects in a way that interferes with traffic as little as possible," a road commission press release states. "This list includes both Road Commission projects and projects conducted by others, under permit, on roads under the jurisdiction of the Road Commission." [Read: Woodward Avenue Resurfacing Work in Royal Oak, Berkley and Huntington Woods Begins in May] Troy and Rochester Hills Royal Oak Oakland Township Ferndale Orion Township Orchard Lake Village The Road Commission for Oakland County notes that this information is subject to change. Projects can …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Groups from around Oakland County will be picking up litter and debris.
Volunteers will hit Oakland County’s roads to help clean litter and debris from the roadsides from April 13-21 as part of the Road Commission for Oakland County’s Adopt-A-Road program, according to a press release. Through the program, organized groups volunteer to clean specific road segments two or three times during the year—in the spring, summer and fall. RCOC provides training and equipment and then picks up the bagged garbage collected. “We greatly appreciate the efforts of these concerned citizens who are willing to volunteer their time and energy to help make sure the roads in their communities are clean,” stated RCOC Chairman Greg Jamian in a statement. “We applaud their efforts.” Nearly 250 local groups are signed up to take …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
The Oakland County Federal Aid Committee meets Monday in Beverly Hills to discuss several projects.
Members of the Oakland County Federal Aid Committee will discuss how to allocate nearly $2.4 million in federal road funds headed to the county in 2013 during a special meeting at 9 a.m. Monday in Beverly Hills. The meeting is open to the public and will take place at the Road Commission for Oakland County’s administrative offices at 31001 Lahser Road. RCOC spokesman Craig Bryson said the additional funds became available when Congress passed the new federal transportation bill last year. It was the first new transportation bill in about seven years. The money must be spent during the calendar year, and can only apply to projects on 'principal arterial' roads, which Bryson described as main roads. Potential projects could include Avon Road…
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The Road Commission is seeking to fill 30 part-time, temporary positions this winter.
The Road Commission for Oakland County is seeking to hire 30 part-time snowplow drivers to augment its reduced full-time staff for the winter this year, according to a news release. “We have reduced our staff more than 27 percent in the last five years, and many of the workers we have lost served as snowplow drivers in the winter,” explained Managing Director Dennis Kolar in a statement. “The reality is we cannot afford to replace the full-time employees we have lost, but we also cannot provide the level of service our customers deserve with just the remaining full-time staff." Hiring the temporary, part-time employees was a compromise that Kolar said he hopes will allow the agency to maintain a reasonable level of snow response service …
Saturday, August 25, 2012
A guest commentary by Eric S. Wilson, Chairman of the Road Commission for Oakland County.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
By Eric S. Wilson As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) – we were founded in 1913 – it is constructive and illustrative to look back and see how we are doing now compared to various points in the past. For example, 50 years ago, in 1962, the Road Commission was run by County Highway Engineer Paul Van Roekel. By all accounts, Paul ran a tight ship, and the Road Commission then, as now, was known for its efficient operation. In fact, when Van Roekel retired in 1981, the Road Commission named its Waterford Township facility the Paul Van Roekel Service Center in his honor. Here’s an interesting fact about Paul’s early 1960s tenure. In 1962, he oversaw an agency with 425 employees – that’s more …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Local road departments have spent less on salt and overtime this season, but that could change soon with snow in the forecast.
If you were hoping for a snow-free January, hope again. Old Man Winter is on his way after all. On Thursday, rain is expected to change over to a mix of rain and snow as temperatures fall from a high near 42 degrees to just above freezing by late afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac. The mix will then change to all snow after 10 p.m. Snow accumulation of around an inch is possible overnight, and winds will pick up to 7-15 mph with gusts as high as 18 mph. Friday will be much cooler with a high near 33 and a low around 18. Winds will continue between 15-17 mph with gusts as high as 28 mph, and additional snow accumulation of 1-3 inches is possible. It has been an unusually quiet winter so far. The region …