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Rochester Exploring Safer Crossing of Clinton River Trail at Dequindre Road

They will use tri-party road funds to enhance the crossing near the Onyx Ice Arena.

Rochester leaders have agreed to explore plans to build a pedestrian crossing of the Clinton River Trail at Dequindre Road.

Rochester City Council voted Monday night to designate the city portion of the Road Commission for Oakland County's Tri-Party Fund balance toward the project.

"It's not a safe area to cross," said councilmember Cathy Daldin. "If we want to encourage people to cross the road, we need to do something so that it's safe there."

The crossing is behind the , south of Parkdale Road.

The Tri-Party Fund was designed to improve county roads. The funding source is one-third Oakland County, one-third Rochester and one-third the road commission.

City engineers sketched out a tentative trail-crossing plan and projected the project would cost $125,00 to $160,000. The city's Tri-Party fund balance is $68,321 with $30,000 in additional funds projected over the next 24 months.

City manager Jaymes Vettraino said the cost would likely be shared with Shelby Township, which shares ownership of Dequindre Road. Vettraino said he would talk to township leaders following city councilmembers' decision Monday night.

Do you think Shelby should share the cost?

Tom Durakovic March 13, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Mi name is Tom from Sterling Hts, Yes Shelby Township should share the cost.
Thomas Delise March 14, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Sorry Tom,but Supervisor $tathaki$ does NOT listen to the residents in Shelby Township.I don't think he will consider your wants. King $tathki$ WILL decide for us!
Alan March 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Cant we just get a traffic light there with buttons for bikers/hikers to push on demand? No bikers/hikers present, it just stays blinking yellow as a caution. Bikes wanting to cross causes a red light to stop traffic? Seems cheaper
Trail Rider March 14, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I believe that Shelby Twp should share the cost, and that it would be money well spent. If it can keep one individual from being injured, the cost is worth it. In response to the comment about putting in a light, I think it is too close to the light at Parkdale, and would cause unneccessary congestion during peak times.
Bleeding Michigan March 14, 2012 at 05:48 PM
But of course Rochester wants a crossing there… after all the trail in Macomb county is PAVED all the way from the Oakland County line to Richmond. We don’t want Oakland County residents being injured …or worse … as they flee the second rate Clinton River GRAVEL Trail in Oakland Countyl. If you want to save $160,000… then look what Macomb County did at Mound & 26 Mile… where the Macomb Orchard trail leaves the old railroad bed and diverts at a right angle to a existing stop light at the intersection. Now Rochester City Government…. How much less expensive are a few SIGNS (perhaps a $1,000) directing trail users who want a safe crossing, to go ONE-TENTH of a mile north to the Parkdale-Dequindre intersection, use the existing lights, and then proceed East on 24 Mile until they link back up with the trail…. That way trail users also will miss the ‘24 mile crossing’ in Shelby… unless Rochester wants to pay for upgrading the crossing in Shelby as well! Oh yes… I believe there are nice wide sidewalks already in place I would rather see the any tax dollars put to PAVING the trail
David Weaver March 14, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Shelby Twp. should share the cost because many of it's residents use the trail benefit from it. It's only fair.
Bleeding Michigan March 14, 2012 at 11:43 PM
I have seen many Macomb Orchard Trail users turn around at Dequindre and ride back into Macomb County on the asphalt trail they have so nicely paved. Seems the only ones that ride west onto the unimproved GRAVEL of what becomes the Clinton River Trail west of Dequindre, are the residents of Oakland County. Maybe we can get Booksie (County executive) to have Oakland County to come up with some funding for paving the Oakland County portion of the trail as well as the Dequindre crossing monies. Rochester, Auburn Hills Pontiac then might become a destination for recreational trail users I don't think you will get Shelby or Macomb County to fork over any money when Oakland County communities have not spent any money to improve their section of the trail.
Thomas Delise March 15, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Time for all to move along ! King $tathaki$ will decide for the RESIDENTS what is best for them. Thanks for coming down !
Matt Guarnieri March 15, 2012 at 02:17 AM
160,000.00 for one crossing? I don't think there is a decision to make here.... it should be NO!! Divert the trail to the existing light, put a crossing button there and leave it be. It's insane to spend 160,000.00 when such a simple solution exist. Who are these people who want to spend tax payers dollars so freely?
Thomas Delise March 15, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Only if it is the will of the King! To be or not to be. Maybe time to hire another consultant
Seymour Concerned March 15, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I'm confused. From what I can tell from the photos, there is a designated pedestrian crossing area (the hashed white lines). Are they talking about putting in a light or something? Cause if that's the case, here's an idea: Enforce the pedestrian crosswalk rules. Cars must give way and stop for pedestrians, yes? And yet every time I run along the Macomb Orchard Trail, I have to risk my life crossing Dequindre. Cars never stop. Ever. It's really easy. It happens in towns all across the USA. Cops set up a sting and nab cars that don't stop. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACEmyS_EDPI There is a lot of ticket revenue to be made (and lives saved).

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