Road Construction

The City of Royal Oak Engineering Department has tentatively scheduled the following major projects in 2012 for improvements to the City’s infrastructure. There may be some inconvenience associated with this work and the Engineering Department wants to thank you in advance for your help and cooperation. If you have any questions regarding the listed projects, you may contact the Engineering Department at 248.246.3260.

Road Improvements

  • Concrete road repairs will take place on various local streets as necessary in the area bounded by 11 Mile, Woodward, Fairlawn, Oliver, 13 Mile Road and N. Main Street. This road work is expected to be funded through the major and local street fund. The estimated cost is $350,000.

 

  • Twelve Mile Road between Main St. and Campbell Road will be resurfaced this summer starting in mid-May. The estimated cost is $1,500,000. This road work is funded by MDOT and City Act 51 major road funds.

 

  • Catalpa Drive between Woodward and Main St. will be resurfaced this summer starting in mid-June. Also Austin Avenue between Marywood and Main Street will be resurfaced this summer. Portions of Austin and Marywood will receive water main upgrades as part of this project. The estimated cost is $1,078,000. This road work is funded by City major road funds and water and sewer funds.

 

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) resurfacing of Cooper Avenue between Normandy and Nakota, and concrete pavement patching on Knowles between Lincoln and Sixth Street are planned to take place later this summer. The total estimated cost is $520,000.

 

  • Concrete road repairs will take place on various local streets as necessary in the area bounded by 11 Mile Road, Main St., I-696 and Campbell Road. The total estimated cost is $300,000.

 

  • Along Eleven Mile Road at Potter, Gainsborough, Campbell Road and Stephenson, the City will be upgrading the remaining handicap ramps and pedestrian push buttons this summer starting in July. The estimated cost is $100,000. This road work is funded by Oakland County, RCOC and City Act 51 major road funds.

 

 

Local Street Construction and Repair

Local road improvements are mainly funded using Act 51 funds which are generated mainly from gas taxes. Contrary to popular belief, property taxes are not used to improve or repair Local streets. For Local streets, the City is limited to approximately 25 percent of its available Act 51 monies which fund many annual maintenance programs including, snow plowing and salting, sweeping and cleaning, storm sewer maintenance, targeted concrete patch/repair programs, and the City’s portion of Special Assessment street paving. An unimproved roadway is required to be funded initially through a Special Assessment on the adjacent property Owners, however the City is obligated to participate for certain portions of paving and drainage according to City Charter. The City has also been fortunate to obtain Block Grant awards to repair or improve roadways within the designated Block Grant areas. Local street funds however are very limited. Roughly $300K is available to be budgeted annually for construction and repair maintenance on local streets. For more information refer to the City Finance Department’s Annual Budget.

Major Road Construction and Repair

Major road improvements are mainly funded using Act 51 funds which are also generated mainly from gas taxes. Property taxes are not used to improve or repair Major roads in Royal Oak. The City has been fortunate to obtain regular Federal Grant awards to repair or improve major roadways such as Main Street, S. Washington Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, Crooks Road, and 12 Mile Road. The City utilizes its Major road funds to leverage and provide required match dollars for obtaining the Federal Grants. For Major roads, the City is limited to approximately 75 percent of its available Act 51 monies which fund many annual maintenance programs on Major roads including road construction and rehabilitation, snow plowing and salting, sweeping and cleaning, storm sewer maintenance. Roughly $1.3M is available to be budgeted annually for construction and repair maintenance on Major roads. For more information refer to the City Finance Department’s Annual Budget.

 

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