City approves traffic signals along Auburn Road
Rochester Hills City Council on Monday, August 27, approved several agreements to maintain existing and new traffic signals and control signs along Auburn Road in conjunction with the Auburn Road Corridor Improvement project. The agreements between the city and the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) cover the installation, operation and maintenance of the signs and signals on behalf of the city. The city in May took ownership of Auburn Road between Rochester and Dequindre roads from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), allowing for increased traffic control operations. The agreements control that portion of the roadway, as well as some others. The current signs and signals were installed by MDOT. The agreements include: The Brooklands Elementary School zone speed limit sign and flasher, 100 feet east of Primrose Drive and 1,250 feet east of Primrose. The city and the Rochester Community Schools district will split the cost of the signals; Also included are speed limit signs and flasher in the Reuther Middle School zone, located 150 feet east of Frankson Avenue and 130 feet east of Culbertson Avenue. Those costs will be split by the city and school district; an existing traffic signal at the intersection of Auburn and Dequindre, which will be split with the RCOC providing 50 percent of funds; a quarter by Macomb County Department of Roads and a quarter by the city, with estimated annual operations and maintenance at $250; an existing traffic signal at Auburn and Culbertson Avenue, with the city covering 100 percent of the estimated $1,000 annual cost; an existing signal at Auburn Road and John R, with the city covering 100 percent of the estimated annual $1,000 cost; and an existing traffic signal at Auburn Road and Barclay Circle, with the city covering 100 percent of the estimated $1,000 annual cost. Council unanimously approved each of the agreements, with councilwoman Susan Bowyer absent.