Waterford, Michigan -- The public is invited to a community open house on Sept. 26 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to review and comment on a new plan for readapting Pontiac's Woodward Loop and improving the city's street, sidewalk and bike path system. The community open house will be held at the Bowen Senior Center, 52 Bagley St. in Pontiac.
Among the options to consider is converting the Woodward Loop to two-way traffic, narrowing Woodward and adding on-street parking along select portions, and adding bike paths. The design was generated by project planners based on research and on ideas from citizens who attended the community open house workshops in March and June.
"Improving Pontiac's infrastructure is an investment that stimulates future growth," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. "I encourage all interested residents and business owners to attend this event."
The open house is part of the Downtown Pontiac Transportation Assessment, an 18-month-long study to find the best ways to connect downtown Pontiac with surrounding neighborhoods and communities. This effort includes Pontiac residents and businesses, the city of Pontiac, Oakland County, the Michigan Department of Transportation and planning consultants from Parsons Brinckerhoff Michigan.
Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services, in partnership with Pontiac, was awarded a $300,000 federal grant for this project. Oakland County is providing a $104,000 in-kind match through staff time devoted to the project.
For more information, visit the project website at www.pontiaclivability.org or contact the Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs at 248-858-5445.
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