2020 Maple Road Reconstruction Project

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Project Overview & General Information
  
Project Renderings
News for Businesses  
Project Updates 

Detour Information
Beginning Wednesday, September 23, 2020,
please use the 
Stage 3B Bypass Route Map. 

Latest News: Progress Continues with Adjusted Timeline
Construction crews continue to make progress on the project to transform Maple Road from Southfield to Woodward. While the City is pleased with the hard work and progress completed to date, crews have encountered unexpected challenges during recent underground work.

The project has been on schedule until this point, however the City just received an updated timeline from the contractor listing project completion in October. The schedule provides an adjusted timeline for the following three phases of the project: 
 
-  Maple Road between Old Woodward and Woodward will reopen mid-October
-  Maple Road between Pierce and Chester will reopen late-October
-  Maple Road between Southfield and Chester will reopen late-October 
 
The City’s goal is to reopen the road as soon as possible, and to offer a finished product that will benefit those who travel through Birmingham for many years to come. As with many construction projects, crews encountered unexpected challenges during intricate underground work. Some of these and other challenges include: water main and sanitary sewer conflicts, water main breaks, unexpected Bates Street curb realignment, and a COVID-19 outbreak among the construction crew in recent weeks. The City will continue to send frequent updates as new information becomes available. While the various unexpected challenges encountered throughout this project could have delayed completion by a few months, crews have worked hard to make up time and achieve completion within one month of the original goal.
 
As crews work during an unprecedented COVID-19 environment, an improved Maple Road is taking shape and offers a glimpse of the beautiful finished product coming soon.  On behalf of the City, engineering team and construction workers, we thank you for your continued patience as we enter the final stage of this project. When complete, Maple Road’s improvements will allow it to manage traffic more effectively; provide an attractive experience for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists; and serve the community for decades to come! 

Factors Impacting the Adjusted Construction Timeline

  • The project start date was delayed due to an MDOT audit.
  • Adjustments to accommodate removal of the ice melt system at the Greenleaf building.
  • Unexpected Pierce work  - additional pavement removals were needed for sanitary lead replacement.
  • Water main and sanitary sewer conflicts
  • Sanitary lateral investigation
  • Water main breaks
  • Options were researched following the discovery of a conflict with the existing sanitary structure and the proposed curb at the south-east quadrant of Bates and Maple.
  • Adjustments to remove existing wooden pedestrian fence. Safety fencing was installed to create room for work on the planter boxes.
  • Inclement weather
  • COVID-19 outbreak among the construction crew.
  • Adjustment due to utility conflicts (123.net & AT&T) 
  • Extensive unexpected repairs needed under the existing asphalt in the Chester and Maple intersection.
  • Additional curb repairs at Chester and Southfield


Project Overview & General Information
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 continued in the Central Business District into larger areas involving both Old Woodward and Maple. These areas had some of the oldest water and sewer lines in the City, as well as a streetscape that was on a different grade than the road.  Much of the old infrastructure was installed in the 1940s and had exceeded its useful life. Learn about the 2018 Old Woodward Reconstruction Project here.  

The downtown infrastructure improvements are scheduled in phases outlined in the graphic (see right). With the 2018 project complete, plans are underway for the 2020 Maple Road Reconstruction Project. The project will stretch from Chester to Woodward Ave. as well as include safety improvements to the Southfield Rd. and maple Rd. intersection. 

Similar to the award winning Old Woodward Reconstruction Project in 2018, Maple in 2020 will result in new underground infrastructure, wider sidewalks and much more. 

Design features will include:

  • All of the new sidewalks will be widened by at least three feet, providing new spaces for raised planter beds and improved landscaping. Bumpouts at each intersection will improve crosswalks for pedestrians. East of Old Woodward Ave., a mid-block crosswalk and landscape feature will also be added. Enhancements will include exposed aggregate concrete, granite bench seating areas, new street lights, and cell phone charging stations. 
  • All traffic signals along the corridor will be upgraded to the mast arm style used last year on Old Woodward Ave., providing a clean, coordinated look. 
  • Improved on-street accessible parking spaces, each served with an individual sidewalk ramp to improve conditions for the disabled. 

Another facet of this project will be the safety improvements for the Southfield Rd. and Maple Rd. intersection. The enhancements will include relocating the intersection about 25 feet to the west, toward a City park, allowing turns to and from Southfield Rd. to be made safer, thereby reducing the possibility of car crashes. 

Similar to the messaging for the Old Woodward Reconstruction Project in 2018, you are encouraged to sign up for the Maple Road Reconstruction group to get real time updates from the City throughout the project. You can sign up for the updates through the City's Stay in Touch feature on the City website on the following link: bit.ly/bhamnews. Updates will also be posted on the City website as well as on all of the City's social media platforms. 

We recognize this work, while necessary, will be disruptive as it occurs. Incentives will continue during the upcoming phases to mitigate this disruption. Learn more about the project by downloading a quick reference Fact Sheet with information regarding the project area and timeline, key elements and improvements, the bypass routes and more. 

Project Renderings

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News for Businesses


View a quick reference Fact Sheet for your convenience. This document includes the project area and timeline, key elements and improvements, and the bypass routes. Sign up for the Maple Road Reconstruction Business Information group at bit.ly/bhamnews.


Project Updates
September 25, 2020 Project Update
September 22, 2020 Project Update
  
September 18, 2020 Project Update

September 11, 2020 Project Update
September 4, 2020 Project Update
August 31, 2020 Project Update
August 21, 2020 Project Update
August 14, 2020 Project Update
August 7, 2020 Project Update
July 31, 2020 Project Update
July 24, 2020 Project Update
July 17, 2020 Project Update
July 10, 2020 Project Update
July 2, 2020 Project Update

June 26, 2020 Project Update
June 19, 2020 Project Update

June 12, 2020 Project Update

June 5, 2020 Project Update

May 29, 2020 Project Update

May 22, 2020 Project Update
 
May 15, 2020 Project Update

May 8, 2020 Project Update
April 30, 2020 Project Reminder
April 24, 2020 Project Update

April 17, 2020 Project Update

April 14, 2020 Press Release 

March 20, 2020 Project Update 
March 13, 2020 Project Update