The Village of Lake Orion is scheduled to get a mini-roundabout at the Orion, Miller and Flint roads intersection with construction scheduled at the beginning of September.
To help inform the public on the planned construction, the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) is holding an information meeting from 4-7 p.m. on May 31 at Blanche Sims Elementary School, 465 E. Jackson St.
A formal presentation is not on the schedule but the RCOC staff will be available to answer questions and provide information.
The road commission states that the roundabout will provide improved safety and traffic flow at the intersection and on nearby roads, including “downstream” from the roundabout.
The project will cost approximately $570,000 and will be funded primarily by the RCOC, with contributions from both the Village of Lake Orion and Oakland County general government through the Tri-Party Program.
The construction also provides raised Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant pedestrian crosswalks, is geared to draw motorists’ attention to the crosswalks, provides improved drainage, updated signage and street lighting.
The intersection will be closed during construction and traffic will be detoured.
The detour for eastbound or westbound Flint/Miller roads traffic is Flint Street to Lapeer Road (M-24) to Atwater Street to Orion Road to Conklin Road to Miller Road and vice versa.
The detour for northbound Orion Road traffic needing to access Flint Street is Orion Road to Atwater Street to Lapeer Road (M-24) to Flint Street and vice versa.
The detour for northbound Orion Road traffic needing to access Miller Road is Orion Road to Conklin Road to Miller Road and vice versa.
According to the RCOC press release, crash data has consistently demonstrated that roundabouts result in far fewer traffic fatalities and serious injury crashes than signalized intersections.
Stating that roundabouts generally handle 30-50 percent more traffic than a signal, meaning fewer backups and delays, due to the fact that traffic moves continually in all directions through a roundabout.
For information on roundabouts, go to http://www.rcocweb.org/374/Roundabouts, and for information on the Orion, Miller, Flint intersection roundabout, go to http://www.rcocweb.org/443/Flint-Miller-and-Orion-Road-Roundabout.
— By Susan Carroll