Woodward Moves (2022)

Projects Overview

Project Summary:

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 ferndalemoves@ferndalemi.gov, join us at next community meeting, or review information from previous meetings at the links below.

CURRENT PHASE (UPDATED MARCH 2021):

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.

PROJECT TIMELINE

Timeline of recent studies and upcoming steps for Woodward Avenue Planning (Jan. 2021)

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the difference between a repaving project and reconstruction? In a typical MDOT repaving project, the State would mill and resurface Woodward Avenue with a new layer of asphalt in between existing curbs and make minor ADA improvements at curb ramps. An MDOT reconstruction project would include more extensive work, such as new curbs, sidewalks, deeper milling and repaving.
  • What is the timeline of the 2022 repaving project? Tentatively April 2022-November 2022.
  • When would a hypothetical reconstruction of Woodward take place? MDOT doesn't have a specific timeframe or funding for a reconstruction of Woodward Avenue, but generally expects a reconstruction in 10-15 years.
  • Who is the primary project manager at MDOT that I can contact? David Harrison, Senior Project Manager, can be reached via email at Harrisond7@michigan.gov.
  • Where can I review the Woodward Bicycling and Pedestrian Safety Audit? Review the 2019 report HERE.
  • Where can I review the Woodward Avenue Road Diet Feasibility Traffic Study? Review the traffic study HERE and appendices HERE.
  • What is the City's budget for any short term design changes to improve safety on Woodward during the MDOT project? Staff is evaluating potential costs and hopes to share with City Council and the community in February 2021.
  • Does the proposed short term design propose to remove on-street parking on Woodward Avenue? The short term design generally maintains on-street parking throughout the corridor. However, some on-street parking space are under consideration to be removed to provide safety benefits resulting in wider sidewalks, better transit stops, and visibility improvements for people walking, bicycling, and driving vehicles.
  • How does the proposed short term design align with adjacent communities' plans for Woodward Avenue? The proposed short term design between I-696 and 8 Mile includes Pleasant Ridge and builds upon past plans proposed by the Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3)'s 2014 Complete Streets Plan (HERE), SE MI Region Transit Authority/SEMCOG Locally Preferred Alternative Plan (HERE), and recent projects safety modifications to better connect Pleasant Ridge to Royal Oak (HERE).
  • Why aren't other communities along Woodward Avenue participating in the grant application? MDOT's resurfacing project focuses specifically on the cities of Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge. Communities such as the cities of Detroit and Royal Oak, organizations such as SMART, the SE MI Regional Transit Authority, SEMCOG, and MoGo Bike Share were consulted in the making of this plan and generally supportive. It should also be noted that Woodward Avenue in the cities of Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge bisects the downtown districts in both communities and traffic counts are lower than communities north of I-696.
  • How will maintenance, including sweeping debris and snow removal, happen in the bicycle lanes? The City of Ferndale's Department of Public Works (DPW) currently maintains Woodward Avenue through a contract with MDOT and would continue to do so. DPW has equipment used on sidewalks, park paths, and bike lanes across the City, which would be used to maintain the bike lanes on Woodward.
  • How does Woodward Moves relate to Ferndale Moves? Woodward Moves is a continuation of short term and long term mobility planning for the Woodward corridor, which is part of the overall Ferndale Moves mobility plan. Since Ferndale Moves is the City's long-term transportation plan, Woodward is a piece of the overall plan. Take a look at the preliminary Ferndale Moves plan recommendations HERE.
  • What is a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant? TAP grant funds are federal funds made available to local communities through SEMCOG and MDOT. The City of Ferndale has previously been awarded TAP funds to help pay for construction on projects like Woodward Heights, Livernois, and W. Nine Mile (Pinecrest to Republic). Visit SEMCOG's website HERE for more details about the program and past projects.

Previous Meeting Information

  1. December 9th, 2020 Community Meeting #1: Meeting video; Meeting slides; Frequently Asked Questions link.
  2. January 19th, 2021 Business Meetings #1 & 2Meeting video; Meeting slides.
  3. January 27th, 2021 Community Meeting #2: Meeting video; Meeting slides.

Other projects:

MoGo Bike Share (2019)
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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.

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Woodward Bicycling and Walking Safety Audit (2019)
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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.

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W. Marshall Resurfacing (2021)
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W. Marshall, between Woodward Avenue and Allen, is scheduled for resurfacing during the 2021 construction season.

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