Repairs needed along a stretch of Hamlin Road between N. Squirrel Road and Adams Road in Rochester Hills may be addressed in 2018 under funding being sought by the city from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).
Rochester Hills Director of Public Services Alan Schneck said the stretch of road, which runs from Adams Road to Old Adams Road, and intersects Hamlin near the FANUC America Corporation property, is currently under the jurisdiction of the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC). While he said the stretch of road is in very poor condition, it isn't currently identified in the city's long-term transportation plan.
"Mayor (Bryan) Barnett deserves a lot of the credit because this particular project was nowhere on the Transportation Improvement Program – what's commonly called the TIP," Schneck said. "There were no funds allocated from the Oakland County Federal Aid Committee with it for the next four years, and the mayor lobbied Mr. (Dennis) Kolar, who is (RCOC) managing director, to say, 'hey, we have to do something.' And that's where they came up with the concept that 'we will split the project with you.'"
In addition to working with the RCOC, the city is seeking about $1.2 million from MDOT's Transportation Economic Development Fund, which provides matching funds for infrastructure projects that support development and economic growth.
"Anytime a development comes into a city, you can actually leverage that development to garner funding for improvement to the infrastructure within the influence of that development," Schneck said.
In January, Molex LLC announced it had purchased the former Volkswagen property at 3499 W. Hamlin Road, where it would relocate its business unit headquarters and invest about $16 million in improvements, resulting in nearly 300 new jobs in the city.
The proposed $5.3 million project, of which the city would agree to pay about $2 million, would include the total removal and replacement of pavement. The city anticipates the project would be scheduled for 2018, if approved by MDOT.
Ownership of that particular stretch of Hamlin Road was to be conveyed to the city from the county following the re-alignment of Adams Road, but wasn't done due to right-of-way issues, Schneck said. Under the proposal, the stretch of road would be conveyed to the city after the project is completed, placing the entire length of Hamlin Road in the city under the jurisdiction of Rochester Hills.
City council voted unanimously to approve the application....continued on page 2