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Emergency pavement repairs begin on Thornton, Malloy, Ferndale and LaBounty

A large frost boil erupted on Ferndale Terrace (January 18, 2017). Photo: Discover Ferndale

Last winter took a big toll on area roads and forced weight restrictions in an effort to minimize the damage during thaws. Douglas Road and Ferndale Terrace Road had failed sections that required immediate major repairs and minor repairs were accomplished where possible throughout the city.

But there still is road damage and lots of it. According to City of Ferndale (COF) Public Works, the estimate to repair all the roads exceeds $500,000. This money was not in the COF budget but a Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) grant was obtained that provides up to $50,000 in funding with a 15% local match.

As a result of that available funding, it was determined to implement emergency repairs on sections of Thornton Street, Malloy Avenue, Ferndale Road and LaBounty Drive (see graphic below). This work is scheduled to begin tomorrow according to an announcement today by COF.

The COF announcement says work will continue over the next several weeks. All work is to be completed by August 31st according to project bid documents. Potholed sections of roadway will be saw-cut, removed and replaced with new pavement during these projects.

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Work will be underway weekdays between 7:30am and 4:30pm. Drivers can expect traffic to be reduced to a single lane with flaggers directing traffic through the work areas.

emergency pothole repair work locations - COF graphic
Emergency repair work locations – City of Ferndale graphic



  1. Barb Van Vliet July 12, 2017

    So when is Thornton Road going to be open from the roundabout at exit 263? It will be such an improvement to the Main St. traffic.

    • Discover Ferndale July 12, 2017

      At the earliest, construction on the Thornton Street overpass project could begin in 2019 assuming funding is available and there are no unexpected design, permitting or property acquisition delays along the way. Initial estimates have construction taking about two years once begun with much of the first year being spent mediating the poor soil conditions (they build large mounds of dirt to compress the soil beneath).

      These estimates were made early last year.

      Funding remains about $10 million short of the project’s $30 million cost estimate. The majority of the $20 million commitment from the state won’t be available until between 2021 and 2025.

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