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 A mile-long stretch of Pinecrest Drive is one of the major streets that will be repaved as part of Ferndale’s 2019 pavement improvement program.

A mile-long stretch of Pinecrest Drive is one of the major streets that will be repaved as part of Ferndale’s 2019 pavement improvement program.

Photo by Mike Koury

Ferndale to repave more than 5 miles of roads starting in April

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published April 2, 2019

FERNDALE — More than 5.5 miles of roadway in Ferndale will be resurfaced starting in the spring.

The Ferndale City Council approved  at its March 25 meeting its 2019 pavement improvement program. In addition to road improvements, the city will replace 5,000 feet of curbs and gutters, 8,900 square feet of sidewalks and ramps, and make drainage structure adjustments and pavement markings. The work will be done by Hutch Paving Inc. for $2,632,766.50.

The construction is tentatively scheduled to start on Monday, April 15. Director of Public Works Carlos Kennedy said the process of selecting which streets would be done this year involved employees from the Department of Public Works and the city’s engineering firm, Giffels Webster, going around Ferndale, evaluating the streets and figuring out which ones were in the worst shape.

What the DPW tried to make sure of, he said, is that they don’t cause gridlock on the streets.

“We try to keep certain roads open … just so we have a flow of traffic and it’s able to go through those areas,” Kennedy said.

“It’s really hard to do to not make that happen. It’s frustrating. You get a little bit of frustration for a long-term benefit,” Kennedy said.

The city also aimed not to have too many projects going on in the same area of Ferndale. The construction of The Development on Troy, known as “The dot,” was used as an example by City Planner Justin Lyons.

“We knew that the construction for The dot was going to happen, which would close up West Troy,” he said. “So we said, ‘Let’s not plan any major road projects right within the core downtown, west of Woodward.’”

“We also knew Pinecrest (Drive) was going to be done this summer, and Woodward Heights, so we limited any other road projects over there to just a few streets,” Lyons said.

Woodward Heights and Pinecrest are the two largest streets that will be redone this year, though both fall under different contracts than the one that was approved at the City Council meeting.

“Those are separate road projects that are primarily funded through federal funding,” Lyons said. “Both of them have federal grant funds that the city plans for.”

The city planner said that both roads will get new curb construction, asphalt resurfacing, pedestrian crossings and bike lanes.

Woodward Heights will be done between Bermuda Street and the Interstate 75 service drive. The total project cost is $2,985,243. Because Woodward Heights crosses into Hazel Park and Pleasant Ridge, both cities will contribute funds for the portions in their respective areas.

Federal funding, including a Transportation Alternatives Program grant, is in the amount of $695,208. Ferndale’s funds, which include a 30 percent match to the TAP grant, are $2,231,528. Pleasant Ridge and Hazel Park’s contributions are $12,302 and $46,205, respectively.

Pinecrest’s construction will take place between Eight Mile and Nine Mile roads and cost $2,540,090. Federal funding will cover $816,090, while Ferndale will cover $1,724,000.

Kennedy cited Woodward Heights and Pinecrest as roads that needed the most work done.

“You got a lot of pothole damage, a lot of spidering in the asphalt. That’s pretty much what we look for,” he said of gauging roads for improvements.

Kennedy is aiming for the construction to be completed in October.