Construction of Old Woodward in Birmingham city center will last until mid-October

Construction of Old Woodward in Birmingham city center will last until mid-October

Birmingham, Michigan, 28 April 2022 – Major infrastructure improvements are set to begin in Birmingham city centre. The South Old Woodward Reconstruction Project is the third phase of downtown infrastructure improvements aimed at addressing aging infrastructure in the downtown core. The project will consist of rebuilding South Old Woodward, from Brown Street to Landon Street, and will run from approximately mid-May to mid-October.

City contractor, Warren-based Angelo Iafrate Construction Company also managed the award-winning Old Woodward reconstruction project in 2018 (Phase 1) and the award-winning Maple Road reconstruction project in 2020 (Phase 2). “We are thrilled to be working with Angelo Iafrate again and making the critical improvements needed in this key segment of the city’s aging infrastructure,” said Jim Surhigh, the city’s consulting engineer. “As with the first two phases, we will be constantly communicating with residents and businesses to keep them informed throughout this project. We appreciate the patience of the community as we complete this essential work.

Similar to Phases 1 and 2, Phase 3 of the South Old Woodward Reconstruction Project is driven by the need to replace existing water and sewer lines. As well as new underground infrastructure, the project will also improve the aesthetics and functionality of Birmingham city center and improve walking. Key design elements for the new streetscape include:

  • Curbs at each intersection to improve crosswalks, mid-block crosswalks, raised beds and landscape features.
  • Exposed concrete, granite banquettes and new lampposts.
  • Improved accessible on-street parking spaces, each served by an individual sidewalk ramp to improve conditions for those in need of accommodation.

“In addition to the beautification along South Old Woodward, this project makes significant improvements to motorist and pedestrian safety, and it connects the south end to the rest of the downtown core,” said Scott Zielinski, deputy city engineer.

Work will begin with the removal of trees in the project area during the week of May 2 and lane closures will begin the week of May 16. One lane will be maintained south of Hazel for southbound travel for most of the Project. Businesses will be open during construction and the Birmingham Shopping District (BSD) will offer a variety of incentives throughout the project. New this year, the BSD will offer a texting service by TextMyGov which will be used to provide frequent updates to businesses in the construction industry.

Project details, buyer incentives and detour map (coming soon) are available at www.bhamgov.org/oldwoodwardphase3. Residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up for weekly project updates at www.bhamgov.org/enews.City of Birmingham – A pedestrian community. Visit the city’s website at www.bhamgov.org

David H. Henry