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Current Construction Projects

Updated: Sep 9, 2021
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2022 is looking to be a very busy year for construction in Birmingham. There are some projects
from 2021 that are scheduled to be finished this spring as soon as weather conditions allow,
followed by this years’ planned capital projects. Note that all projects are subject to City
Commission approval and budget constraints.

Carry-over Work from 2021
2021 Asphalt Resurfacing Project
The Asphalt Resurfacing Project from the 21/22 season that started in 2021 will finish
this spring. The project includes multiple street sections that will receive pavement
resurfacing to extend the pavement life cycle. The contractor for this project is Pamar
Enterprises, with Al’s Asphalt as their paving subcontractor. The streets with planned
work include:

• Watkins, W. Brown to W. Frank & Hanna to Wallace – mill and resurface pavement.
• Stanley, Hanna to Wallace & W. Lincoln to 14 Mile – mill and resurface pavement,
with extension of the curb island at W. Lincoln to reduce the length of the crosswalk.
• Latham, Northlawn to 14 Mile – mill and resurface pavement, with new curbs at the
intersections with Norfolk, Worthington, Southlawn and Wakefield constructed along
new alignments with reduced radii to help with traffic calming in the neighborhood.
• Fairway, from Pleasant to 600 ft east of Pleasant – replace aging water main, patch
trenches and excavations, and mill and resurface remainder of pavement.
• Pavement repairs at Parking Lot #5 (behind North Old Woodward Parking Structure)

2021/22 Concrete Sidewalk Program
The 21/22 Sidewalk repairs project is focused this year on Residential Area 4 and
Downtown Area 1B of the City’s Sidewalk Repair Program. Area 4 extends in general
from Pierce Street to Southfield Rd, and Maple Rd to 14 Mile Road. Area 1B of the
downtown generally extends from Old Woodward to Woodward, from Maple Road to
Ravine. The contractor for this project is J.B. Contracting. Work on sidewalk ramp
upgrades for ADA compliance was completed in the fall of 2021, and remaining work will
be completed in the spring of 2022.

Sewer Rehabilitation Program
This project includes sewer rehabilitation services to clean and inspect certain sewer
segments throughout the City. Work items for rehabilitating minor sewer issues that
may be found, such as removal of roots, grinding mineral deposits, grouting leaking
joints, and limited internal patching of holes and open joints. Part of this contract
includes televising sewers and sewer laterals on S. Old Woodward, in advance of the
upcoming construction, to help confirm which existing sewer service lines are inactive.
The total length of sewers included in this part of the project are 47,200 feet. The
contractor for this project is DVM Utilities, who plan to start the work in mid-January,
with completion anticipated by June 2022.

Planned Projects for the 2022 Construction Season

Cranbrook Non-Motorized Shared Use Path (TAP Grant)
Design work has started for constructing a new 10-ft wide shared use path along
Cranbrook, from 14 Mile to Midvale, and new sidewalk along the north side of 14 Mile,
from Cranbrook to the western City limits, and on the south side of Lincoln, from
Cranbrook to Golfview. This project will likely start later in the summer, with completion
in the fall.

Parking Lot #5 Slope Repair
Design is underway for slope stability and erosion control measures to stabilize the slope
along the northern edge of lot #5. Excessive rain events that overwhelm the storm
sewer catch basins has resulted in deterioration of the slope that extends down to the
Rouge River from the north end of the parking lot. This work will have to be
coordinated with the planned asphalt pavement repairs in the parking lot.

Water Tower Maintenance & Coating
Necessary repairs and maintenance work will be performed on both water towers,
including replacing the coatings (paint) on the exterior and interior of the tanks. Design
will start this winter, and the contract will be bid early spring. The goal is to complete
repairs on one of the water towers before July/August (peak water demand months),
and the other would be completed in the fall. 

S. Old Woodward Ave. Phase 3 Reconstruction Project
Final plans are currently being prepared in accordance with the approved conceptual
design for completion of the downtown reconstruction effort started in 2018.
Improvements will include new concrete pavement, construction of storm sewers and
infiltration/storage system to reduce peak storm water runoff from the area, updates to
the water system, new sidewalks and streetscape elements, new crosswalks and
improvements for pedestrian safety, trees, landscaping and irrigation, street lighting,
and new electric system for holiday tree lighting and potential future electric vehicle
charging. 

2022/23 Concrete Sidewalk Program
The 22/23 sidewalk repairs program will focus on Residential Area 5 and Downtown
Area 1C. Area 5 extends in general from Southfield Rd to the western City limits, and
Maple Rd to the southern City limits14 Mile Road. Area 1C of the downtown generally
extends from Woodward to Pierce, from Maple Road to Daines. Construction on this
work would likely begin in late summer. 

2022 Asphalt Resurfacing Project
This program will continue in the fall with multiple streets that will receive pavement
resurfacing and preventative maintenance measures to extend the pavement life cycle.
These streets will be determined based on analysis of the pavement condition evaluation
(PASER ratings) from this past year.

Unimproved Streets
With the City Commission’s approval of the policy modifications related to initiation of
street improvement projects, the Engineering Department is planning to initiate design
of a street improvement project to be constructed in 2022 on the following unimproved
streets:
• Westwood Drive, Raynale St. to Oak St.
• Oak St., N. Glenhurst Dr. to western City Limits
• Raynale St., N. Glenhurst Dr. to western City Limits