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Construction nearly complete on Old Woodward in Birmingham

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Posted at 9:24 AM, Jul 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-31 09:24:49-04

After more than four months of being shut down for a complete overhaul, Old Woodward in downtown Birmingham is set to reopen in just a couple of weeks.

According to the city of Birmingham, construction was 95 percent complete on July 27 on the reconstruction of Old Woodward between Brown and Oakland, as well as a portion of Maple Rd.

Now, crews are finishing paving the wider sidewalk around the Old Woodward and Brown St. intersection. Work is expected to be complete on the construction phase by the end of the week, with crews then beginning to paint the new markings, install new streetlights, seal & caulk the new sidewalks and plant new trees.

Work on the project began in late March and is part of three phases that will be completed every two years through 2022. Work on Maple Rd. from Southfield to Woodward will begin in 2020 and work on Old Woodward from Brown to Landon will happen in 2022.

Birmingham city officials are planning a grand re-opening celebration for Saturday, Aug. 11 at 9 a.m. with a ribbon cutting. It will continue with the city's annual Day on the Town shopping event from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. where people will be allowed to walk on the street.