The Force is Strong at RCOC


A cast of Star Wars characters visited the Road Commission for Oakland County’s (RCOC) PVR Building (2420 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford) to help kick-off driver safety messaging. The electronic sign has messages about the consequences of texting and driving with a little Star Wars twist: “Our Force is focused on your safety,” is also one of the five Star Wars-themed messages appearing on the sign.     … [Read more...]

Snow Cleanup Update for Oakland County

snow plow

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) continues to deploy every available resource to cleanup from Oakland County's record snowfall yesterday. As of 8 a.m. Monday, RCOC has about 100 plow trucks out across the county as well as about 10 road graders. Additionally, private contractors have been hitting the back roads since about midnight. Right now, most of the freeways and primary roads are in relatively good shape (most have a thin layer of snow, but have been plowed and are quite … [Read more...]

Op-Ed: Proposed Hamlin Road Construction

Street Design

Please Note: Rochester Hills resident Scot Beaton originally published portions of the article below in 2013 with regards to the proposed construction to Hamlin Road, which is back on the Rochester Hills City Council Agenda on Monday, December 8 at 7 p.m. The views expressed are his own and in no way constitutes an endorsement by Rochester Media. “Big Yellow Taxi” Lyrics by Joni Mitchell They paved paradise and put up a parking lot With a pink hotel, a boutique and a swinging … [Read more...]

Road construction to pause for holiday weekend

Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) Managing Director Dennis Kolar has announced that most RCOC road construction projects will be suspended at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, for the July 4 Independence Day holiday. Work will resume after 6:00 a.m., Monday, July 8. “The Road Commission wants to ensure that its roads are as free of obstructions as possible during this period because of the increased holiday traffic we typically see on the Independence Day holiday,” Kolar stated. … [Read more...]

Real-time traffic updates help ease the pain on congestion

Every Michigander knows there are five seasons in the state: spring, summer, fall, winter, and construction. Thankfully, the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) has a solution for the last "season" with a revamped online Real-Time Traffic Map, making the congestion-monitoring tool simpler, easier and faster to use. The map is available on the RCOC Website, (click on “Get Map” in the top right corner of the home page). “Ours was the first real-time … [Read more...]

RCOC helps Oakland Bar Association collect donations for troops serving in Afghanastan

selfridge supply drop

Staff of the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) joined forces recently with the Oakland County Bar Association to collect donations for U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan. The donations were made as part of the Bar Association’s Operation Kuwait-Afghan-Iraq Campaign. Items collected included food, personal items, reading materials, entertainment items, sundries and more. RCOC Board Member Eric S. Wilson, a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of the Oakland County Bar … [Read more...]

Stoney Creek Resurfacing to start in Oakland and Orion Townships


The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) expects its contractor to begin work Monday, April 15 on the resurfacing of Stoney Creek Road between Orion and Rochester roads in Orion and Oakland townships. The 4.73-mile project involves some road-base repair, guardrail placement and the application of 1.5 inches of new asphalt. The repair of a culvert under the road was part of the project, but was completed last year. During the project, the road will remain open to traffic, but will … [Read more...]

Oakland County Federal Aid Task Force Annual Meeting

The Oakland County Federal Aid Task Force, which oversees the process of awarding federal transportation funds to specific road projects within Oakland County, will conduct its annual meeting Tuesday, Oct. 9. The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 9 a.m. and will take place at the Madison Heights Fire Department Headquarters, 31313 Brush Street in Madison Heights (just north of 13 Mile Road and west of John R Road). At the meeting, the Task Force will nominate and … [Read more...]

Road Commission expects savings due to mild winter

With gas prices steadily climbing, it's nice to hear some good news. The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) is expecting to see $1.5 million is savings as a result on our recent and unusually mild winter. “With the unseasonably warm temperatures we have experienced lately, and the reduced amount and frequency of snow we saw for the last five months, we are now comfortable with the conclusion that we will, in fact, see a savings this year due to the mild winter,” stated RCOC … [Read more...]

Gravel road speed up for discussion again

Neighbors Linda Raschke and Lee Zendel at the top of their hill on Dutton Road.

Up until November 9, 2006, the speed limit on a hilly portion of Dutton Road dividing Rochester Hills and Oakland Township was 25 mph. But on that date, a revision to the Michigan Vehicle Code wiped out local control in the interest of uniformity. Gravel, residential roads reverted to a 55 mph speed limit. Oakland County residents have been complaining ever since. Now, two Oakland County legislators have introduced legislation that would allow the county road commission to have the final … [Read more...]