The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is expected to repave Woodward Avenue between I-696 and 8 Mile in 2022. The cities of Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge are working with MDOT officials to prepare for the resurfacing project and implement short term modifications to improve safety and accessibility on the corridor. Please send comments to email@example.com, join us at next community meeting, or review information from previous meetings at the links below.
Staff and MDOT's local staff worked together on minor revisions to the concept design for the project after further review by MDOT's Metro region staff. The revised concept design keeps the overall goals of safety, traffic calming, and more mobility options with 87% of Woodward (between 10 Mile and 8 Mile) to have a road diet (view the map HERE). The concept design from February 2021 can be reviewed HERE.
The Ferndale City Council will consider a revised resolution of support for the project at the September 13, 2021 meeting at 7pm (agenda HERE). Below is a list of potential next steps for the project:
1. City staff will seek approval of the final project design from City Council, including a resolution of support, at their September 13 meeting. This will be an opportunity for the community to revisit the project, hear about goals and desired outcomes, and review the final design that MDOT would create construction documents from and bid if the project is approved by MDOT officials in Lansing.
2. MDOT’s local staff will provide the road diet resolution and final plan to MDOT Metro and State offices for approval.
3. City Council will be asked to approve the TAP award pending MDOT’s final decision (anticipated: late October).
4. MDOT’s design team will work with City staff to finalize construction documents and bid (anticipated December 2021/January 2022).
5. MDOT's construction and resurfacing project is slated to begin March 2022.
The City Council approved the conceptual design, MDOT's Road Diet Checklist, and the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant application for the proposed Woodward Avenue Complete Streets Plan at the regular meeting on Monday, February 22, 2021. Review the agenda item, including meeting video, presentation and letters of support HERE. Next steps are for the City to work with MDOT on construction designs and await a funding decisions from the TAP committee.
Community members and leaders have participated in a number of local and regional studies over the years with a focus on making Woodward Avenue a more "people-friendly" corridor. In 2019, the cities of Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge completed the Woodward Avenue Bicycling and Walking Safety Audit, which made a preliminary recommendation for short term and long term modifications to improve safety on the corridor. Most recently, the cities of Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge completed a Road Diet Feasibility Study and shared the findings with MDOT to meet the State agency's requirements for consideration of narrowing a State trunkline.
The cities of Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge are working with MDOT to determine how to incorporate short term safety and accessibility design solutions from both recent studies into the State's planned repaving of Woodward in 2022. Community feedback is being solicited through meetings and online webmaps and surveys. All indications from MDOT have been that Woodward Avenue will be repaved in 2022, so the communities are trying to leverage the MDOT project to incorporate short term modifications, such as removing a travel lane (on each side of Woodward) and repurposing the lane for increased safety, comfort, and other modes of transportation.
The previous project time has been updated to reflect current steps in the project. The cities of Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge collaborated on a "road diet feasibility study" in 2019/2020, which led to meetings in December 2020 and January 2021 to gather community feedback about possible modifications to Woodward Avenue and inform the community about the upcoming MDOT repaving project. At the February 22, 2021 City Council meeting, City Council approved two resolutions of support: (1) to support the road diet project; (2) to apply for a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant in late February 2021 to help fund any community supported modifications to Woodward in 2022.
City staff had anticipated a July 2021 decision about whether we would receive TAP grant funding and MDOT approval for the proposed project; however, State transportation authorities required some additional research and plan modifications, resulting in a short delay. Final information is now expected in October.
As part of the project and TAP grant application process, MDOT requested an additional traffic study to compare to the previous study completed in 2019 by the Cities of Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge. Results from this study necessitated minor revisions to the design, primarily at the “transition points” of Oakland Park Boulevard/Sylvan and Woodward Heights in Pleasant Ridge, and 8 Mile in Ferndale.
The City has worked closely with local MDOT staff to find a compromise that meets MDOT’s traffic standards and the community's safety and mobility goals. Revised plans are being finalized now; the primary change to the project involves diverting a portion of Pleasant Ridge’s Woodward frontage through their shared-use paths and alleys, and starting the southbound road diet at W. Drayton or W. Maplehurst in Ferndale rather than at I-696.
The City of Ferndale was awarded a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant award in 2018 to fund a regional bike share program in summer 2019. The bike share program will be in partnership with MoGo Bike Share and include cities of Berkley, Detroit, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, and Royal Oak.
The Cities of Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge were awarded a $40,000 SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments) Planning Assistance grant for a bicycling and walking safety audit on Woodward Avenue.