This is a letter submitted to the Rochester Eccentric from Stoney Creek Resident Dave Tripp.
It’s a little known fact that the roundabout located at Tienken,
Washington, and Runyon roads was the result of input from the
residents of the Stony Creek Village Historic District. When the
original realignment of Runyon road called for Runyon merging directly
into Tienken, the residents knew it was a recipe for disaster. The
frequent occurences of cars on front lawns and in the Stony Creek
School yard would only get worse if something wasn’t done to slow
traffic as it approached the Village. After much heated debate and an
imminent lawsuit, City Traffic Engineers agreed to discuss potential
traffic calming options for the intersection, including a roundabout
as suggested by one of the residents. It was learned that Oakland
County was interested in building one to see how it worked and the
roundabout at the east end of the Village became the first one in the
State of Michigan. Since it actually lies in the City of Rochester, in
2004 the State of Michigan recognized Rochester with the Outstanding
Traffic Safety Achievement Award.
Source: Dave Tripp
Thank you Dave for the history lesson.
So here is a fundamental question for the City and County. What type of community do you want? The City’s position right now suggests that because there is congestion in front of our homes right now for about 30 minutes each morning and an hour each night, we need to build bigger roads, to bring MORE traffic. How about this… eliminating traffic in the area that is congested? Restricting the speed limit to discourage more traffic from using the route through our front yards to increase traffic and speed. What is the big deal with having a few hours a day with slow traffic?
Welcome to the Stoney Creek Village Blog. Our hope is that this will be a resource to find up to date information on the plans that the residents of Stoney Creek Village have for our community. In addition, this is a place for us to educated the greater community around us of our concerns that have come up in recent months regarding potential future road expansions running through our front yards.