Monday, August 1, 2016

This Month in Rochester History

Apparently, the old adage was right - there really is nothing new under the sun.  A look back at the Rochester Clarion headlines of 50 years ago this month reveals the same news that is unfolding in our community today.  In August 1966, Rochester area residents were impatiently watching the reconstruction of the intersection of Avon and Rochester roads.  Part of the project included the installation of a long-awaited traffic signal.  Leader Dogs for the Blind, along with Detroit Broach and Machine (located where Sanyo is today), had told the State of Michigan for years that the intersection was too busy and accident-ridden to be governed only by stop signs.  Fifty years ago, state officials got the message.  Can you imagine that intersection without a traffic signal today?