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Road Construction Projects and Sidewalk Repair Program


The Engineering Dept. is planning several projects aimed at maintaining and improving Birmingham’s water, sewer, and street network.  Here's what's planned for 2018:

Old Woodward Avenue Reconstruction
Phases123 (1)The section along Old Woodward from Oakland to Brown will be the first phase of downtown infrastructure improvements that will span over the next several years. The area will receive extensive upgrades, including: new sewers, water main, pavement, street lights, traffic signals, planters and parking meters. 

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2018 Concrete Sidewalk Repair Program 
The 2018 program focuses on all City sidewalks located in the northeast section of the City, which is north of Maple Rd., and east of Adams Rd.  In July, Precision Concrete Cutting was in the area removing smaller trip hazards throughout the area.  That process is now done. 

Weather permitting, more traditional sidewalk repairs, which involves complete removal and replacement, is scheduled to begin the week of August 6, 2018.  For this work, the City of Birmingham has hired Italia Construction (Contractor) to perform sidewalk and concrete repair work.  The work is expected to take approximately 4-6 weeks to complete. 

All sidewalks were inspected previously.  Planned repairs within this area are designated either by paint marks, or by painted arrows on the end flags of a group.  Individual flags of a sidewalk to be replaced are designated with a painted “X” mark.  In some cases, it may be necessary to replace an additional flag or two beyond those designated with paint marks.  White paint indicates the property owner is responsible for the costs of the replacement.  Those property owners that are partially or completely responsible for the cost of this work should have previously received a notice indicating your right to complete this work yourself.  If the work has not been completed by the time the Contractor is ready to perform the repairs, they will be done at the owner’s expense.  If you do not have any white marks in front of your property, and you did not receive the first notice, you will not be responsible for any costs.  Sidewalk work being funded by the City is marked with pink paint. 

The Contractor will also be upgrading various sidewalk ramps in the area to meet current ADA (American Disability Act) requirements.  Selected curb sections will be repaired as well.  The Contractor will remove the faulty sidewalk and a few inches of lawn to provide room for forms.  After the concrete has hardened, the Contractor will clean up the area.  Topsoil will then be placed in the form excavations as well as a quality grade of grass seed.   After seeding, we request your cooperation by watering the seeded areas.

When sidewalks are replaced across driveways, they will be barricaded for seven (7) days.  Although the concrete may be walked on after 24 hours, it is important that you do not drive a vehicle on it until it has attained the necessary strength (7 days).  At some asphalt driveways, it will be necessary to remove several inches of the driveway in order to replace the sidewalk.  In such cases, temporary repairs will be made and the asphalt will be replaced at a later date by others.

If you have sprinkler lines or heads directly adjacent to the sidewalk planned for removal, there is a strong chance that they will be damaged.  Irrigation systems that are damaged shall be repaired by the contractor.  If you see sprinklers that have been damaged, please contact our office at the number below.  If you see that the system is leaking, please shut off that zone and notify our office as well.  Although efforts will be made to avoid damage, special pavement treatments, or special landscaping in the City’s right-of-way (generally the area between the sidewalk and road) will not be replaced if damaged while attempting to repair sidewalks.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask the City of Birmingham representative on site, or you may call the Engineering Department at 248-530-1850.