Downtown Infrastructure Improvements
Old Woodward Reconstruction Planned for 2018
At the April 24, 2017 city commission meeting, the Birmingham City Commission voted to reject the bids the city had received for the Old Woodward Reconstruction Project and plan to rebid the project in the fall of 2017 for the 2018 season. Due to a demanding construction season, the City received a low number of bids to complete the work in the summer of 2017, and the project is now slated for 2018. The revised project timeline will allow for additional companies to bid on the project and will give Birmingham merchants time to prepare for the project and develop incentives to be offered throughout the 2018 construction.
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. This past year 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 below and illustrate the corrective plan to address the infrastructure needs for this area. These needs will include new larger water lines to improve water pressure, as well as, 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. Federal funding has been obtained for a portion of the project to share in the costs.
We recognize this work, while necessary, will be disruptive as it occurs. Efforts will be implemented to help mitigate this disruption during construction with such initiatives as promotional campaigns, downtown valet services and enhanced communications during construction among others.
Informational Meeting for Businesses
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 powerpoint 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.