Livernois Street Resurfacing (2018)

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Project Summary:

2018 Livernois Street Resurfacing

Livernois Street, from 8 Mile Road to 9 Mile Road, will be resurfaced in 2018 with a number of new improvements in keeping with best practices in street design. Improvements will include:

  • Newly Asphalt Paved Street
  • Protected Bike Lanes (concrete island, parking, and bollard protected)
  • Striped On-street Parking
  • Mid-block Crossings
  • Curb Extensions
  • Additional Bicycle Parking (and moving bike parking off-street)
  • Bicycle Boxes
  • Public Plaza at W. Nine Mile/Livernois intersection
  • New mast arm traffic signal at W. Nine Mile/Livernois intersection
  • Fire Department Safety Signage

Community information sessions were held at the Kulick Community Center (1201 Livernois) at 11am and 6pm on Thursday, April 26th. The presentation and discussion included construction timing, staging, temporary parking solutions, and overall plans. The presentation from the meeting can be reviewed at this link.

Project Plans

Review draft engineered drawings of the draft Livernois resurfacing plans at this link. Sketch plans and cross sections are provided below.

W. Nine Mile Intersection (Before/After)
Cross-section of Pearson/Livernois intersection (Before/After)
Cross-section of Emwill/Livernois intersection (Before/After)

Project Contact List

  • Engineering: Justin Wellman, 248-852-3100, jwellman@giffelswebster.com
  • Planning: Justin Lyons, 248-336-4370, jlyons@ferndalemi.gov or ced@ferndalemi.gov
  • Department of Public Works: Carlos Kennedy, 248-546-2519, ckennedy@ferndalemi.gov

Updated Construction Schedule (as of 10/26/18)

  • Week of 10/15: City Council approved the road contractor for Livernois (and all road and water main projects) to work on Sundays, 9am-5pm, if necessary.
  • Week of 10/22-10/29: Pavement markings/striping for parking bays, bike lanes, intersections, etc., and lawn restoration expected to be completed.
  • Week of 11/5: Concrete island work expected to be completed.
  • Week of 12/3: W. Nine Mile & Livernois traffic signal work to being.

Livernois Is Open For Business!

Visit and support your neighborhood Livernois businesses during construction. Check out the resources page for more details on how to visit Livernois during construction.

Livernois Is Open For Business map

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the estimated time frame of construction? Approximately, June 4, 2018 – November 10, 2018. The current project staging timeline can be found at this link.
  • Why is this project happening now? The Livernois resurfacing is a Federally funded project and has been scheduled a number of years in advance. The road surface is also deteriorating enough that new resurfacing is needed. While newly striped bike lanes, striped on-street parking, and safer pedestrian crossings are a benefit of the project, resurfacing the street is the primary goal of the project.
  • What is the project area? Livernois, between 8 Mile Road and W. Nine Mile Road. The Livernois and W. Nine Mile intersection will also be reconfigured with a new mast arm signal.
  • How will construction affect the road during the estimated time frame? Construction efforts will be staggered/phased so that only one section is being fully disrupted at any given time. There will always be a minimum of one lane open in each direction on Livernois, but on-street parking will be temporarily removed.
  • What changes to traffic signals will take place as part of this project? The W. Nine Mile/Livernois intersection will see multiple improvements, including a new mast arm traffic signal (similar to Pinecrest, Bermuda, etc.), new ashphat, updated crosswalk markings, and a redesign of the intersection layout. The redesign of the intersection will remove the southbound right turn lane, which will help realign crosswalks to created shorten pedestrian crossing distances and add a public plaza with new bike parking, trees, and greenspace. The other traffic signals affected by the project are Pearson and Fielding. Both signals are to be removed due to not meeting traffic signal warrants. Pedestrian crosswalk striping and signage will be installed after signals are removed.
  • How will the City assist businesses during construction? The City will be holding construction update meetings as needed and providing information through email. There will also be designated parking spaces at the Kulick Community Center (1201 Livernois) for business employees and customers to "park and walk" to businesses. Wayfinding signage and shareable materials will be created and shared as necessary. Staff is exploring additional temporary parking solutions in advance of construction. If you would like to stay informed regarding the project, please sign up for updates by emailing ced@ferndalemi.gov.
  • Based on the plans, my driveway appears to be on the repair list. Who do I contact with questions? Driveway will be maintained as much as possible and may be constructed in halves. Contact Justin Wellman with driveway construction questions (248-852-3100, jwellman@giffelswebster.com).
  • Would removing bike lanes add more on-street parking? No, in the current bike lane configuration and the new protected bike lane configuration, additional on-street parking would not be added. The current parking areas on Livernois are existing, non-conforming and do not have the appropriate distance from driveways and corners required in new parking areas. However, on-street parking areas will be better striped for intersection visibility and to limit parking that happens in conflict with driveways.
  • Why do we want protected bike lanes? Protected bike lanes provide a safer street for everyone and have been shown to increase ridership on streets where protected infrastructure has been installed. Separation from automobiles prevents potential collisions with vehicles (including "dooring"), limits automobiles from parking or loading in the bike lane, shortens crossing distances for pedestrians, and acts as traffic calming to limit vehicle speeds. For more information, click here.
  • How will the protected bike lanes be maintained in the winter? DPW has equipment that will be used to clear snow and ice from protected bike lanes. The bike lanes were planned in partnership with DPW to be sure plows could fit between protected areas and the curb.
  • Will bike parking areas still be in the street? Bike parking will be moved off-street in greenbelt and other public area to provide ample bike parking closer to businesses and limit potential conflicts with automobiles and bikes.
  • Will Rodney the Red Ram return after construction? Yes! Rodney will be stored off-site during construction and return in November.

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