Delays in Road Construction for W. Oakridge St.

Road construction work on W. Oakridge St. between Pinecrest Dr. and Woodward Ave.—originally scheduled to be completed this summer in June and July, while school was out of session—has been delayed.

Ferndale’s representative from Giffels Webster, the firm that oversees large-scale road projects in coordination with the City's Department of Public Works, said that the delay was caused by several factors, including more than a month’s setback to accommodate previously unplanned utilities work by Consumer’s Energy. Despite the late start, Giffels Webster and DPW pushed the contractor to try and complete the project by Aug. 27; however, they were unable to do so.

Work remaining on Oakridge includes the final repaving as well as the installation of speed humps. Because the repaving is an all-day project with necessary road closure, and the local school requires access to the road for busses and child pickup, the paving work must be done on a non-school day. This may be an off-school workday or a Saturday; the team is working to identify this date now.

Speed humps are installed together once all seasonal roadwork has been completed. Residents can expect speed humps to be installed this fall, between mid-September and mid-October.

City staff are working closely with Giffels Webster and the paving contractor to ensure that this work is completed as quickly and conveniently for the school and residents as possible. We will be updating this page at least weekly following every team progress meeting. Please follow this page, or www.ferndalepaving.com, for up-to-date information.

Road work and construction projects are planned carefully but can be impacted by a number of challenges, from unexpected conditions to utilities work to rain and weather. We apologize for the delay and will work to keep you informed going forward.

POST WRITTEN BY

Kara Sokol

Communications Director