Downtown Infrastructure Improvements
Old Woodward Reconstruction Project
Latest Updates - 2018 Old Woodward Reconstruction Project
Pave the Way Shopper Incentives #PavetheWayBham
Stay Informed: Receive regular updates about this project by signing up for the "Old Woodward Reconstruction General Information" group at www.bit.ly/bhamnews. See the latest 2018 Old Woodward Ave. Reconstruction Project press release.
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.
We're paving the way to a more beautiful downtown! While Old Woodward receives important infrastructure upgrades, the Birmingham Shopping District wants to make sure it’s “business as usual” for everyone by offering the following great perks:
- FREE Two-Hour Valet Parking (then $5 for each additional hour), Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Offered at four locations:
- North Old Woodward Ave. near Willits
- Henrietta near Maple
- South Old Woodward near Brown
- Hamilton Row near Ferndale
- Birmingham Bonus Bucks (BBB) - Phase Two
- $10 in Birmingham Bonus Bucks are awarded to shoppers for every $100 spent at BSD shops and boutiques, and for every $200 spent at BSD restaurants until the promotion maximum has been reached.
- Birmingham Bonus Bucks must be redeemed in person for their full $10 value (no change will be given) during one purchase at a participating BSD business by July 25. Individuals are eligible to earn a maximum of $50 in Birmingham Bonus Bucks each month during the promotional period. Monies from submitted receipts may not be applied or carried over for future BBBs.
- Visit www.ALLINBirmingham.com/BBB for promotion details and the submission form.
- Birmingham Construction Art Contest
Throughout the construction area in downtown Birmingham, local artists are busy painting and enhancing the barricade panels. Art students, enthusiasts, professionals and even BSD businesses have joined in to enhance the barricades and add something special for those walking throughout town. Beginning Saturday, May 12, the community is encouraged to vote for their favorite panel at bit.ly/2018bhamart. Winning artwork will be displayed in downtown Birmingham at the completion of the construction project.
To see how these incentives are working for people, Channel 4 did a story on May 8, 2018:
May 21, 2018 - Download the May 21 construction project update.
May 18, 2018 - Download the May 18 construction project update.
May 11, 2018 - Download the May 11 construction update.
May 7, 2018 - Download a construction update with some of the anticipated work for this week.
May 4, 2018 - Download the latest information from the May 4 construction update, regarding water shutoffs planned in the construction area.
May 3, 2018 Afternoon - Download the latest information from the May 3 afternoon updates regarding water shutoffs in the construction area.
May 3, 2018 -Download the May 3 construction update, with information on the Eastbound Maple shutdown continuing until Friday, May 11, 2018.
April 30, 2018 -Download the April 30 construction update.
April 27, 2018- Download the April 27 construction update.
April 25, 2018- Download the April 25 construction update.
April 24, 2018 -Download the April 24 construction update.
April 23, 2018 - The fifth week of the Old Woodward Reconstruction Project is underway. Download a construction update with some of the anticipated work for this week.
April 22, 2018 -Please note contractors are continuing underground utility work at Old Woodward and Maple. The intersection and traffic along Maple will remain closed on Monday, April 23.
April 20, 2018 - Download a construction update which details plans for the upcoming weekend.
April 16, 2018 -The fourth week of the Old Woodward Reconstruction Project is underway. Download a construction update with some of the anticipated work highlights for this week.
April 13, 2018-5:30 p.m. -Crews continue to make repairs to the broken water main that resulted in a temporary water shutoff this afternoon (Friday, April 13), affecting businesses around E. Maple between Old Woodward and Woodward. Due to the complexity of the repair work, it is anticipated that water service could be restored between 6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. tonight (4-13-18). The City thanks you for your patience as it works to solve this problem as soon as possible.
April 13, 2018 - 4:30 p.m. - It's been a productive third week on the Old Woodward Reconstruction Project. Contractors continued digging with work being done on new sewers, gas main installation and fiber optic connections. In addition, overhead traffic signals at Maple and Old Woodward as well as at Brown and Old Woodward are in the process of being removed. Temporary signage urging drivers to watch out for pedestrians is being placed at the respective intersections. Pedestrians are reminded to be cautious and alert when crossing intersections in or near the construction zone.
April 13, 2018 -Due to an unexpected emergency this afternoon (Friday, 4-13-18), there will be a temporary water shutoff affecting businesses around E. Maple between Old Woodward and Woodward Ave. Crews are on scene making repairs at this time. As of 2:30 p.m., it is anticipated the water shutoff will last about one-two hours. Maple Rd. will remain open to traffic. The City thanks you for your patience as it works to make this repair.
April 9, 2018 -The third week of the Old Woodward Reconstruction Project is underway. Download a construction update with some of the anticipated work highlights for this week.
April 6, 2018 -The strong start for the Old Woodward Reconstruction Project continued this week. Here are some of the highlights from week two, and a look ahead to next week:
- Demolition and removal of concrete on Old Woodward is largely completed.
- The installation of a gas main north of Maple will continue into early next week, with connections to nearby buildings to be made.
- The westbound Maple Road detour, starting at Park St. and circling around the construction zone, goes into effect Monday, April 9, 2018. The westbound detour will remain in place the majority of the project. Parking options on the detour include the valet station at Hamilton near Ferndale (first two hours free), the Park Street parking structure and the N. Old Woodward parking structure. Eastbound Maple remains open to through traffic.
- The intersection of Brown and Old Woodward will be closed to through traffic Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8 for the installation of a sewer in the middle of the street. It is anticipated the work will completed by Sunday evening. Pedestrians will be able to cross the street at designated areas.
- In addition, on Monday, April 9, westbound Brown will be closed as contractors prepare for upcoming, necessary pavement work. Eastbound Brown will remain open. A detour will be set-up for through traffic using Woodward, Lincoln and Pierce.
- On Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15, the intersection of Maple at Old Woodward will be closed in order to allow for difficult underground work to be done.
April 5, 2018 -As part of the Old Woodward Reconstruction Project, Consumers Energy has installed a new gas main at Old Woodward and Willits this afternoon (4-5-18). As part of the process, the new gas main is connected to the old gas main. Natural gas is introduced to the pipe that will result in a strong smell of natural gas for a short, undetermined period of time, expected to occur at about 3:45 p.m. this afternoon. The Birmingham Fire Department will be on scene during this event as a precaution. The City thanks you for your patience as part of the reconstruction of Old Woodward Ave.
April 2, 2018 - The second week (4-2-18 to 4-7-18) of the Old Woodward Reconstruction Project is off to a strong start. Digging is underway as crews are removing concrete throughout the construction zone. It is also anticipated that contractors will be doing underground infrastructure related work for most of the week, north of Maple.
Last week (3-26-18 to 3-31-18), contractors milled and removed pavement on Old Woodward from Oakland to Brown. In addition, sewer lining work was done at night to minimize inconvenience to the public. Real time updates on the project are available by email or text by signing up to city’s enotify system at www.bhamgov.org/enotify. The project is anticipated to take approximately four months.
March 23, 2018
The transformative project to reconstruct underground infrastructure and enhance above ground streetscape on Old Woodward between Oakland and Brown will start on Monday, March 26, 2018 with the closure of Old Woodward.
- Setting up road closure barricades and advanced warning signs
- Marking pavement removals
- Mobilizing equipment and materials
2018 Downtown Reconstruction Project Detour Map (shows routes, parking, valet locations)
Download a printable version of the construction detour map (shown below) and informational flier which was released March 23, 2018. Feel free to distribute to your friends and family.
Join us for a Construction Kick-Off Celebration!
What: Old Woodward Reconstruction Kick-Off Celebration
Where: Old Woodward, just north of Maple
When: Wednesday, March 28th at 4:30 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate the beginning of the Old Woodward Reconstruction project. Bring your family and enjoy the following activities:
- Selfie Spot - construction cut-out photo opportunity!
- Climb aboard a City construction vehicle from the Department of Public Services (DPS)
- Explore a police car and fire engine
- Children will receive free hard hats (while supplies last)
- Attendees will enjoy refreshments such as Rocky Road Cupcakes from the Cupcake Station!
We look forward to seeing you and your family on Wednesday, March 28th at 4:30 p.m.!
March 19, 2018 - Safety Barrier Installation Begins
Please note due to pleasant weather conditions, safety barriers are currently being assembled a couple days ahead of schedule. The road will remain open all week, with projected closures beginning Monday, March 26th.
The City released the Old Woodward Reconstruction Project Master Map below, showing the following elements: construction zone, open sidewalks, plywood dividers, pedestrian crossings, parking structures, free 2-hour valet parking stations, the valet route and traffic flow. Download the map here.
Also, please note sewer lining work originally planned for this week will now take place next week, March 26 - 30 from 8:00 p.m.-7:00 a.m. Crews will be lining a long sewer along the east sidewalk of Old Woodward between Oakland and Brown. Similar work will also be done on a shorter sewer line along Maple Rd. during the same overnight hours. Weather permitting, the work is expected to take about four days.
March 13, 2018 - Video discussion of project plans and details
Birmingham City Manager Joe Valentine and BSD Executive Director Ingrid Tighe appeared on "Making a Difference at the Community House" with William Seklar, the President and CEO of The Community House. They spoke in depth about the upcoming Old Woodward Reconstruction Project, with details about below ground infrastructure improvements, above ground enhancements, the Pave the Way program, incentives for shoppers and plans to communicate the message that downtown is open for business during Old Woodward Reconstruction. Watch the video online here.
March 12, 2018 - News articles highlighting project plans published
The Old Woodward Reconstruction project is set to begin within the next few weeks. It is projected that safety barriers will be assembled on Wednesday, March 21st, and the road is projected to close on Monday, March 26th. Thank you to the Hometownlife Observer & Eccentric for their article detailing the project kickoff timeline, incentives for shoppers, and upgrades that will transform the underground functionality and the above-ground aesthetics of downtown Birmingham for years to come. Please be sure to look at the new rendering of what Old Woodward will look like at the top of this page. We are paving the way for a more beautiful downtown!
Please note sewer lining work originally planned for this week will now take place next week, March 19 - 23 from 8:00 p.m.-7:00 a.m. Crews will be lining a long sewer along the east sidewalk of Old Woodward between Oakland and Brown. Similar work will also be done on a shorter sewer line along Maple Rd. during the same overnight hours. Weather permitting, the work is expected to take about four days.
March 6, 2018 - How to sign up for project updates and stay informed
The city is targeting the last two weeks of March for the start of the Old Woodward Reconstruction project. Reminder: Receive regular updates about this project by signing up for the "Old Woodward Reconstruction General Information" group at www.bit.ly/bhamnews. Residents are also encouraged to sign up for an e-notify system for the project at www.bhamgov.org/enotify to get real time updates by email or text.
March 2, 2018 - Sewer lining work planned
OLD WOODWARD AVE. SEWER LINING WORK
Sewer lining work in coordination with the upcoming Old Woodward Reconstruction Project is anticipated to take place the week of March 12- 16 from 8:00 p.m.-7:00 a.m. Crews will be lining a long sewer along the east sidewalk of Old Woodward between Oakland and Brown. Similar work will also be done on a shorter sewer line along Maple Rd. during the same overnight hours. Weather permitting, the work is expected to take about four days. By doing this work now, the City is anticipating it will have to do less digging when construction begins on Old Woodward later in March. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the City Engineering Dept. at (248) 530-1840.
February 19, 2018 - Structural Building inspection video planned
With the reconstruction of Old Woodward Ave. approaching, the City is in the final stages of its complimentary Structural Building Inspection by Video initiative. More than half the businesses in the project area (Willits St./Oakland Ave. to Brown along Old Woodward), has received the complimentary video inspection by a city contractor prior to the start of the Old Woodward Reconstruction Project. If you are interested in receiving this service, you are encouraged to contact the City Engineering Dept. as soon as possible at (248) 530-1840.
Informational Meeting for Businesses
A Merchant Meeting was held on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Be Well Lifestryle Center, located at: 750 S Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI . If you were unable to attend the meeting, view the March 8, 2018 Merchant Meeting Presentation. The City, in conjunction with the Birmingham Shopping District (BSD), would like to thank the merchants and stakeholders who attended Merchant Meetings held on 2-8-18. If you were not able to attend the February meeting, you may view the Merchant Meeting PowerPoint presentation for 2-8-18. The next Merchant Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at Vinotecca Wine Bar and Restaurant 210 S. Old Woodward Ave. in Birmingham from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Past Events & Documents
The City of Birmingham in conjunction with the Birmingham Shopping District (BSD) held a Merchant Meeting on 1-11-18 at the Community House in Birmingham. If you were unable to attend that meeting, you may view the Merchant Meeting PowerPoint presentation for 1-11-18. Also in January, the City of Birmingham City Commission approved the recommendation of a contractor for the 2018 Old Woodward Avenue Reconstruction Project at the commission meeting held on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.
In October, and the City and the BSD held a fourth Meeting Meeting to discuss the latest planning for the Old Woodward Ave. Reconstruction Project on Oct. 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 www.bit.ly/bhamnews.
Stay Informed: To receive regular updates on the project, sign up for the "Old Woodward Reconstruction General Information" group at www.bit.ly/bhamnews.
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.
Due to an unexpected emergency this afternoon (Friday, 4-13-18), there will be a temporary water shutoff affecting businesses around E. Maple between Old Woodward and Woodward Ave. Crews are on scene making repairs at this time. As of 2:30 p.m., it is anticipated the water shutoff will last about one-two hours. Maple Rd. will remain open to traffic. The City thanks you for your patience as it works to make this repair.