Big Beaver Construction Project Set to Begin

- The plan is to close off this one mile stretch of Big Beaver Road between Adams and Woodward.  For people who live or commute in this area, get ready for some major detours starting on Wednesday.

This stretch of roadway will literally be gutted once crews get to work, and residents who live between the intersections of Big Beaver Road are not looking forward to the driving nightmare.

"Well, why are they doing it. I don't even know why, it's like a mystery. It's like all of a sudden a sign comes up, road blocking the roads so we can use that way in. We have to do a circle. Yeah, it's awkard."

Craig Bryson of the Oakland County Road Commission says the project is necessary.

The pavement will be reconstructed, an additional center turn lane will be added to the far east end of the project just west of Woodward. Officials say a bridge between the two intersections will also need to be replaced soon.

"The closure for the first couple of months so the ulitlity can relocated their service that's in the roads. There is a high pressure gas line that Consumers Energy has to move out the way. It's going to take them several months to do that, so the first motion will be so they can get the gas line out of the way."

This husband and wife have two homes in the area, one they live in, and another they are trying to sell...right in the heart of the construction.

"They live with it. Can't get upset. Can't stop progress."

They both work, so it will be interesting for them driving everyday.

Detours can be viewed below:

The official detour will take motorists north for more than two miles on Woodward, then east on Long Lake Road to Adams, and back south on Adams to Big Beaver - the local name for 16 Mile Road. Unofficially, drivers could go south on Woodward through downtown Birmingham to 14 Mile, and take 14 Mile east to Adams before heading back north to Big Beaver Road.

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