Construction Closes Lincoln Avenue Between Southfield and Cranbrook
Repaving project is expected to last until the beginning of October.
Birmingham drivers who frequent Lincoln Avenue will have to find a different route between Southfield and Cranbrook, as that stretch of road is now closed during the duration of the Lincoln Avenue paving project.
The project will involve major upgrades to the city’s water and sewer systems along the route, as well as new concrete pavement. The work is expected to be completed in early October.
Because of the complexity and scale of the project, the route — which passes in front of Seaholm High School and approximately 100 homes — will be completely closed to traffic.
According to the city engineering department, the road will be reopened each evening for access to driveways and residents will not be blocked out of driveways overnight.
The contractor will be obligated to maintain access to each driveway as much as possible, though resident access may be limited when contractors are working directly in front of a particular home. Street parking in construction zones is strictly prohibited.
All residents in the area received notifications and information from the city ahead of the project.
According to assistant city engineer Brendan Cousino, contractors are expected to be at work until around 7 p.m. each evening. If residents need to reach their homes in the middle of the day or any homebound residents need to leave, such as the elderly, Cousino said they can make those arrangements with the city beforehand.
The construction and road closure may mean a bit of a headache when school starts back up in September, during which construction in front of Seaholm will be ongoing.
“We have met with the schools to discuss logistics about it,” Cousino said. “Obviously, it’s not going to be without some headaches.”
When all the work is done, Cousino said residents in the area can expect to enjoy a brand new road, hopefully with a long service life, updated sewers with fewer chances of backups and new water mains that will increase water pressure for area homes and fire hydrants.
The Southfield-Cranbrook detour routes will divert traffic along Maple Road, and Cousino said he doesn’t expect to have any problems with increased traffic flow.
“I don’t anticipate any backups on Maple,” he said.