MDOT conducting resurfacing work on Eight Mile through October

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published August 23, 2017

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FERNDALE — Parts of Eight Mile Road will be undergoing resurfacing work over the next couple of months.

The Michigan Department of Transportation resurfacing work on Eight Mile, which began Monday, Aug. 14, will take place between Woodward Avenue and the Southfield Freeway, or M-39, and is expected to last until October.

MDOT communications representative Diane Cross said in an email that the project begins westbound at Woodward Avenue and eastbound at M-39, and the two ends will work toward each other until the resurfacing work is completed.

Ferndale’s portion of the work begins at Woodward Avenue and stretches to the city limit between Mitchelldale Avenue and Woodingham Drive. According to the city of Ferndale’s website, MDOT is investing $5.1 million to resurface 4.6 miles of Eight Mile Road, which involves removing and replacing the road surface; repairing joints, cracks and drainage structures; replacing curbs; and updating sidewalks.

Cross said the project will be conducted during the night, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Mondays through Fridays, with two lanes closed through Friday, Aug. 25. She also added that there will not be any construction done during Labor Day weekend.

“In addition to the overnight work, beginning (Aug. 21), there will be one lane closed during the midday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and lane closures on the weekends for paving,” she wrote.

Cross wrote that the reason why this section of Eight Mile was chosen to be done now was based on the roadway’s condition and available funding.

“This section of Eight Mile Road was a prime candidate for an asphalt overlay,” she said.

“As opposed to east of M-1, where the road requires a much more extensive and more costly rehab. That is being planned for future work and funding.”

According to the city of Ferndale’s website, during the overnight work, the westbound Eight Mile service drive will be closed to through traffic at Woodward Avenue, but will have access to northbound Woodward.

Community Economic and Development Director Jordan Twardy said MDOT has been closely coordinating with the city to make sure the construction doesn’t impact the city’s residents or businesses, even taking into account Ferndale’s busy event schedule by suspending work during the Woodward Dream Cruise.

Twardy went on to say that road construction always has some kind of effect on the city, but that it should help that the work is not being done during peak times.

“Eight Mile, certain stretches of the corridor really need the work,” he said. “It’s going to be a welcome improvement. And they’re coordinating with us, and I know our (Department of Public Works is) aware of it, and we’re aware of it. So we’re doing the best we can to keep the word out.”

Twardy said that if any residents are having specific issues with the resurfacing work, they should contact either him at (248) 546-2363 or go to the city’s website at www.ferndalemi.gov to write a complaint.

“We’ll do what we can to help navigate (issues),” he said. “Road construction and the associated woes are sort of a part of life in Michigan, but I think overall it’s going to be a strong net positive.”

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