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S. Old Woodward reconstruction begins Monday

The third phase of Birmingham's plan to improve its infrastructure will begin Monday, May 16, with the planned S. Old Woodward Reconstruction Phase 3 Project from Brown Street south to Landon.

Starting Monday, May 16, traffic safety control measures will be installed along S. Old Woodward Avenue, allowing for only southbound traffic starting at Hazel Street, weather permitting.

One lane of traffic will be permitted throughout the construction period, which is scheduled through the fall.

Drivers and pedestrians are requested to avoid Hazel Street on Monday, May 16, as the contractor installs additional parking spaces.

The project is the third phase of the city’s downtown streetscape redevelopment project, which includes installing new water and sewer lines and other necessary infrastructure along S. Old Woodward, as well as a reconstruction of the streetscape. Phase I of the project included the reconstruction of N. Old Woodward, with the second phase being Maple Road.

Design features will include curb bump outs at each intersections to improve crosswalks for pedestrians, mid-block crosswalks, raised planter beds and landscape features; enhancements that include exposed aggregate concrete, granite bench seating areas and new streetlights; and improved on-street accessible parking spaces, each served with an individual sidewalk ramp to improve conditions for those needing accommodations.


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