The Pinecrest (between W. Nine Mile & W. Oakridge) resurfacing construction project is now complete and open to traffic of all modes. The fresh road resurfacing make for a safer road for all users, while still working within the same 37 feet width. Newly updated pedestrian crosswalks, wide buffered bike lanes, restriped travel lanes bring each section of the road to Complete Streets standards. This project is also the first time the City implemented protected bicycle facilities with flexible delineators (or posts) that will be placed between the bicycle lane and travel lane (primarily at intersections).
Why protected? Protected bike lanes are becoming the recommended treatment for streets that can accommodate bike facilities and provide a low-stress experience for bicyclists of all ages and abilities. Cities such as Royal Oak, Grand Rapids, and Detroit have incorporated protected lanes into recent and upcoming projects. Delineators were installed on Pinecrest at intersections to provide additional protection in areas where collisions could occur, due to wide turns and drivers operating in the bike lane. Future improvements to W. Nine Mile Road and Livernois in 2018 will also be designed to accommodate protected bike lanes.