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Downtown Infrastructure Improvements

Old Woodward Reconstruction Plans for 2018 taking shape

Phases123 (1)Latest Updates - 2018 Old Woodward Reconstruction Project

Stay Informed: Receive regular updates about this project by signing up for the "Old Woodward Reconstruction General Information" group at See the latest 2018 Old Woodward Ave. Reconstruction Project press release.

Project Overview

In 2013, the City began to address the aging infrastructure in the core of the Central Business District with portions of Pierce Street from Maple to Merrill and Merrill Street from Pierce to Old Woodward. In 2016,  Hamilton Avenue was reconstructed from Old Woodward to Woodward Avenue. These projects included new water lines, sewer lines and roads. In 2018, efforts will continue in the Central Business District into larger areas involving both Old Woodward and Maple. These areas have some of the oldest water and sewer lines in the City, as well as a streetscape that is on a different grade than the road.  Much of this current infrastructure was installed in the 1940s and has exceeded its useful life.  

The planned phases are outlined in the graphic (see right). The project will address the infrastructure needs for this area.  These needs include new larger water lines to improve water pressure,  consolidation of sewer lines to improve flow capacity and reliability, removal of the double curb in certain areas, enhanced crosswalk accessibility to comply with modern ADA standards, removal of brick pavers and integration of modern streetscape standards. To address these failing conditions, a complete road infrastructure project has been planned in phases over the next several years to further address the infrastructure replacement needs for the downtown. 

We recognize this work, while necessary, will be disruptive as it occurs. Efforts are planned to help mitigate this disruption during construction with such initiatives as promotional campaigns, downtown valet services and enhanced communications during construction among others.

Latest Updates

January 11, 2018
The City of Birmingham City Commission approved a recommendation of a contractor for the 2018 Old Woodward Ave. Reconstruction Project at the commission meeting held on Monday, January 8, 2018. Weather permitting, it is anticipated the project could begin in March. 

Informational Meeting for Businesses
The City of Birmingham, in conjunction with the Birmingham Shopping District (BSD), thanks the merchants and vested stakeholders who attended the Merchant Meeting held 1-11-18 at the Community House in Birmingham. If you were not able to attend the meeting, please view the Merchant Meeting PowerPoint presentation for 1-11-18.  As a reminder, the next Merchant Meeting is scheduled for Feb. 8, 2018 at a location to be determined.   Old Woodward rendering-road surface, esthetics - Copy (2)

Past Events & Documents

In October, the City and the BSD held a fourth Merchant Meeting to discuss the latest planning for the Old Woodward Reconstruction Project, on October 27, 2017.  If you were unable to attend the session, you may view the Merchant Meeting Oct. 27, 2017 power point presentation.

The City of Birmingham held a third informational meeting for businesses in Downtown Birmingham on April 27, 2017 to provide an update on plans for the reconstruction of North Old Woodward. If you missed the meeting, you may view the informative power point presentation: Merchant Meeting, April 27, 2017.

The City of Birmingham held its second informational meeting on February 28, 2017 for businesses to provide an update on plans for the reconstruction of Old Woodward. The City reviewed the final plans and plan logistics for the project along with known timelines and features for future ongoing communications. To view the presentation, go to: Informational Meeting for Businesses - Feb. 28, 2017. On November 15, 2016, a meeting was held to provide merchants, business owners, and building owners information about this project, with an emphasis on how business access will be maintained and helped during the project.  Presentations were prepared from both the Engineering Dept. and the Birmingham Shopping District.  A link to these presentations are listed below.

  - Merchants meeting Nov. 15, 2016 presentation
  - Birmingham Shopping District presentation
Businesses can sign up to receive updates regarding the project by signing up for the "Old Woodward Reconstruction News for Businesses" group at

Stay Informed: To receive regular updates on the project, sign up for the "Old Woodward Reconstruction General Information" group at

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Important Links:
Old Woodward Final Plans
Old Woodward Supplemental Design  
You are encouraged to revisit this webpage for regular updates on this project as it evolves over the coming months and years. The continued investment in the City’s infrastructure will ensure Birmingham remains a viable and desirable location for many years to come.