A portion of a well-traveled gravel road in Lyon Township is slated to close starting next week.

The Road Commission for Oakland County will close Napier Road between 9 Mile and 10 Mile Roads on the Lyon Township/Novi border beginning April 2nd in order to pave the gravel road. Napier Road is expected to re-open to traffic in mid-July. RCOC Spokesman Craig Bryson tells WHMI it’s a significant project that’s needed because with the area developing rapidly, more traffic is anticipated in the coming years. He notes it’s a busy road for being gravel, carrying approximately 2,350 vehicles daily.

The paving of Napier marks the second phase of a project that got underway last construction season and involved putting in a roundabout at Napier Road and 10 Mile. Bryson says a number of people that were concerned about putting a roundabout in that location have been very complimentary, noting there have been no problems or accidents and it seems to be functioning much more safely than the situation before.

The roundabout at Napier and 10 Mile Road will remain open during the Napier closure; however, the approaches on the south side of the roundabout will be closed to through traffic.

Residential access to homes along Napier Road will be maintained, otherwise detours will posted for motorists. The detour for Napier Road through traffic will be 8 Mile Road to Beck Road to 10 Mile Road and vice versa. A map is available through the link provided. (JM)