Woodward Project Information
There are two projects that will be starting in 2022 on Woodward:
- Pleasant Ridge Streetscape and Cycle Track Project: The streetscape will be refreshed along northbound Woodward in Pleasant Ridge and a two-way cycle track will be constructed from Sylvan to 696 along Woodward and Main St. This project is being funded by over $1.3 million in grant funding from the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) administered by SEMCOG for MDOT, with the local match being provided by the Pleasant Ridge DDA. No general fund or local property tax money will be used to fund this project. The project will be let to bid in the fall of 2022 with construction expected to start in spring 2023.
- Ferndale Road Diet. Pleasant Ridge and Ferndale were jointly awarded over $2 million in TAP grant funding from the State for non-motorized improvements to Woodward. The project will narrow Woodward from 4 to 3 lanes in each direction in Ferndale, and add two-way cycle tracks on both sides of Woodward in most of Ferndale and a portion of southbound Woodward in Pleasant Ridge. This project will create continuous separated bicycle infrastructure from 8 Mile to 696. Pleasant Ridge has a small portion of this overall project. Our local match amount is estimated to be $140,000, which will be provided by our major streets fund. No general fund or local property tax money will be used to fund this project.
Pleasant Ridge Streetscape and Cycle Track Project
The streetscape and cycle track project on the northbound side of Woodward will:
- Add a new two-way cycle track from Sylvan to 696 along Woodward and Main Street. The cycle track will be at sidewalk level, and it will be separated from Woodward traffic by trees and parking spaces. South of Sylvan the bicycle route will shift to the alley until the new cycle track starts in Ferndale south of Oakridge.
- Replace a significant amount of the old paver bricks with new green planting areas. These green areas will be more attractive, and will also help capture rainwater.
- Result in a net increase of 18 trees along Woodward. Unfortunately, 10 trees will have to be cut down to make way for the cycle track, mostly between Sylvan and Amherst, but 28 new trees are being planted to more than replace what will be lost. There are 41 existing trees now, and after the project there will be a total of 59 trees along the northbound side of Woodward in Pleasant Ridge. The new trees will be smaller than the ones we lose, but we will be able to preserve most of the existing trees while investing in our tree canopy for the future.