Livernois Road Diet Discussion April 24, 2013

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(City of Ferndale Press Release, April 24, 2013)

January 30th, 2013 the City of Ferndale was awarded a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in coordination with the Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). As MDOT states, the TAP program is a competitive grant program that funds projects such as bike paths, streetscapes, and historic preservation of transportation facilities that enhance Michigan’s intermodal transportation system, promote walkability, and improve quality of life for Michigan citizens.

The grant award of $118,092.00 will be used to implement a redesign of Livernois Avenue, from 8 Mile Road to 9 Mile Road, known as a ‘road-diet.’ The project concept includes such infrastructural upgrades as bicycle lanes with buffers, bicycle parking facilities, mid-block crossings, and dedicated on-street parking from 8 Mile Road to West Marshall Street.

thank_you_201303_transition_ferndaleAdjacent home and business owners, as well as community stakeholders, are invited to engage in the process before final designs are approved and construction begins for the corridor. The meeting will occur April 24th, 2013 at 6:00pm in the Ferndale Public Library located at 222 E Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, Michigan 48220. During this period, ideal locations for off-road facilities, such as bike corrals, and shared driveways may be identified for potential implementation.

This project will go towards making the City of Ferndale’s Master Plan, adopted in 2008, vision for the Livernois Corridor a reality by improving both economic development potential and improving quality of life. The redesign also supports design standards found in the City of Ferndale’s Complete Street Ordinance that was passed in 2010. The term “Complete Streets” describes a comprehensive, integrated transportation network with infrastructure and design that allows safe and convenient travel along and across streets for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motor vehicle drivers, public transportation riders and drivers, emergency vehicles, and people of all ages and abilities, including children, youth, families, older adults, and individuals with disabilities.

For more information on the City of Ferndale, visit http://www.ferndale-mi.com/.

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