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 firstname.lastname@example.org, join us at next community meeting, or review information from previous meetings at the links below.
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.
Most recently, the cities of Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge have held 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. Staff hopes to gain City Council approval to apply for a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant in late February 2021 to help fund any community supported modifications to Woodward in 2022. If the cities are awarded a TAP grant, then more community engagement on design and construction would be planned for Summer 2021.
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.