Holly Township, MI — October 16, 2020
It has been a slow year for celebrations, it seems everything is now feted virtually. But, if you are a resident of Holly Township or a visitor to the Great Lakes National Cemetery you can party “live” at the completion of road construction in the area.
The Road Commission of Oakland County(RCOC) in partnership with Holly Township and the Village of Holly held a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday to officially open North Holly Road from Grange Hall Road in Holly, north to the Genesee County Line in Holly Township. No one likes the delays and inconveniences associated with road construction. However, once complete the results are usually well worth the temporary disruption.
A brief tribute to those involved in the project featuring RCOC Board Chairman Greg Jamian, Vice Chairman Ron Fowkes, Commissioner Andrea LaLonde, Holly Township Supervisor George Kullis, and Holly Village President Thomas McKenney discussed the significance of the project to the area.
The approximately $4.3 million project was funded in part by a special federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant (now referred to as BUILD grants) with the remainder of the expense shared by RCOC and Holly Township.
The project included: 4.5 miles of Asphalt resurfacing, improved sight distances, guardrail installation, culvert maintenance, high-friction pavement treatment at significant curves to improve safety, reconstruction of the retaining wall at the North Holly Road/Belford Road intersection, Raising the elevation of the road in three locations to improve drainage.
Anyone who has driven the road during adverse weather conditions has likely experienced flooding and unsafe passage situations. Given the location of the Veteran’s Cemetery, this is a high traffic area that was greatly in need of attention.
“This is a great improvement for the Holly area,” RCOC Charmain Jamian said of the project. It will improve the quality of life for area residents and improve access to area businesses.
After the ribbon-cutting, a parade of vehicles headed north on the route for everyone to experience the improvements. You can join in, no virtual electronics necessary, take the live ride.