THE PROJECT PROJECT MAP
A cooperative transportation project being administered by the Road Commission of Oakland County in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Transportation, the Charter Township of West Bloomfield, and the City of Farmington Hills.

The dates shown below reflect the current status of the project and when the components of this project are expected to begin construction. These dates are subject to change.

The Environmental and Design phases started in 1999 and 2003 respectively. The first roundabout was constructed in 2007.

 

PROJECT IMPROVEMENTS

The proposed improvements comprising the Northwestern Connector project include:

A 4-lane boulevard on Orchard Lake Road between 14 Mile and Maple Road.

Daly and Powers Road between Orchard Lake and West Maple will have 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.

Completed modern roundabout intersections at:
14 Mile Road & Framinton Road
14 Mile Road & Orchard Lake Road

West Maple Road & Drake Road
West Maple Road & Farmington Road

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


Service drives on the east side of Orchard Lake Road between Northwestern Highway and Maple have been removed and driveways have been reconfigured so as to better manage access to businesses and provide for traffic to move in a safer manner and increase traffic flow on Orchard Lake Road.

Construction of pedestrian safety paths.

New SMART bus stop locations.

 

 

PHASE I - PROJECT PARTS

PART I
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
PART II
Reconstruct the 14 Mile/Orchard Lake/Northwestern Highway “triangle” intersection, including construction of a roundabout at the 14 Mile/Orchard Lake intersection.
Completed in 2015
PART III
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

Reconstruction of Orchard Lake Road from just north of Northwestern Highway to just south of Maple Road as a four-lane boulevard will be completed in late 2017.

 

 

PROJECT PHOTOS

2007
Maple & Drake Roundabout

Grand Opening

9/3/2007

 

 

BICYCLES & PEDESTRIANS

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.

 



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