The proposed improvements comprising the Northwestern Connector project include:
A 4-lane boulevard on Orchard Lake Road between 14 Mile and Maple Road.
Widening of Daly and Powers Road between Orchard Lake and West Maple to 4-lane and constructing a curve at their intersecting point near the U.S. Post Office. This road will function as a low-speed bypass of the Orchard Lake/West Maple Road intersection.
Modern roundabout intersections at:
14 Mile Road Intersections: Farmington- Completed and Orchard Lake Roads West Maple Road Intersections: Drake-Completed, Farmington-Completed
|Signalized intersections at:
West Maple Road and Daly Road
Northwestern Highway and Orchard Lake Road
Northwestern Highway and 14 Mile Road
Orchard Lake Road and Powers Road
Orchard Lake Road and Maple Road
Services drives east of Orchard Lake Road will be eliminated.
Driveway locations will be reconfigured so as to manage access to Orchard Lake Road, allowing traffic to move in a safer manner and to increase traffic flow on Orchard Lake Road.
Construction of pedestrian safety paths.
New SMART bus stop locations.
Maple Road/Drake Road roundabout Completed in 2007
Maple Road/Farmington Road roundabout Completed in 2008
14 Mile Road/Farmington Road roundabout Completed in 2009
Orchard Lake Road widening and reconstruction (14 Mile to Powers)
Northwestern Highway/Orchard Lake Road intersection
14 Mile Road/Orchard Lake Road roundabout
Construction Start: Fall 2014 tentatively (depending on necessary right of way acquisition) Construction Finish: 2015
Maple Road/Orchard Lake Road intersection widening and upgraded traffic signal. Orchard Lake Road widening and reconstruction from just north of Northwestern Hwy to just south of Maple
Construction on Maple/Orchard Lake Road intersection completed in 2016.
Construction on Orchard Lake Road, from just north of Northwestern Hwy to just south of Maple Road, to begin in summer of 2017.
|Pedestrians have the right of way within crosswalks at any intersections, including roundabouts. For safety’s sake, pedestrians must never walk into the path of a vehicle if it is so close that it is an immediate hazard.|