Ferndale approves water main work for multiple roads, future splash pad

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published March 26, 2021

 The city of Ferndale will be conducting water main replacement work this year on Martin Road, Academy Street and Bermuda/Horton. The Department of Public Works also will undertake construction work for a water and sewer main extension that’s needed at Martin Road Park for a future splash pad.

The city of Ferndale will be conducting water main replacement work this year on Martin Road, Academy Street and Bermuda/Horton. The Department of Public Works also will undertake construction work for a water and sewer main extension that’s needed at Martin Road Park for a future splash pad.

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FERNDALE — The city of Ferndale will begin a water main replacement program later this year.

At its Feb. 22 meeting, the City Council approved a bid award to FDM Contracting Inc. for its 2021 Water Main Improvement Program. The amount of the bid was $1,597,242.

The water main work will be done on three streets in Ferndale: Martin Road from East Nine Mile Road to Orchard Avenue, Academy Street from Wanda to West End streets, and Bermuda/Horton streets from Woodward Heights to the 10 Mile Road service drive.

In addition to the water mains on these roads, the city will replace the pavement on the streets.

“We treat our water main and road improvements separately, but we mirror them,” Department of Public Works Deputy Director Dan Antosik told the Woodward Talk. “If we want to do the water main on Academy and Martin Road in 2021, we’re making sure that we’re not paving them prior and we will pave those in the year that we do those. So the way that we set it up this year is we’re doing the water main, and then we’ll have the paving come right behind that as part of our local pavement program.”

Antosik said Ferndale also will replace any lead service lines found during the course of the construction work and they will be treating the “lead service line replacements for its water main projects separately.”

“That way … our contractor will coordinate with their (subcontractor) for the lead service line replacement so we’re not trying to coordinate multiple projects,” he said. “It allows us to keep a tighter schedule. Any lead service lines we come across during our water main improvements, we’ll be replacing those at that time.”

As part of this project, the DPW included construction work for the water and sewer main extension that will be needed for a future splash pad at Martin Road Park.

When asked by Councilwoman Laura Mikulski if the water main work for the splash pad might be cheaper if it was delayed, Justin Wellman, of Giffels Webster, the city’s civil engineering and community planning firm, stated that it could be included in a future water main project, but the cost will likely be higher as time goes on.

“The idea was to include the water work in the park to capitalize on the economies of scale with all the other water main work that we’re doing as part of this project,” he said.

According to the city, the water main program is expected to begin at the end of April. Antosik said the order of the work will be at Bermuda/Horton, Martin Road, Academy and then the water main extensions for the park.

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