Starting Monday, March 6, DTE will begin an underground utility project as part of their work on a new east Ferndale substation. Work will be performed along Hilton Rd. between Academy and E. Breckenridge Streets. The project is expected to take 3-4 weeks to complete, with a repaving process to follow.
The work performed—trenching to gain access to underground utilities—is an essential step in DTE's plan to create a new electric substation in east Ferndale, which will help address community power outages. Since 2011—a year marked by multiple/lengthy power outages—DTE has worked to assess the infrastructure and make necessary changes. The completion of a new substation will be one of the final steps toward providing greater capacity and reliability for Ferndale customers.
For more information, please take a moment to read following answers to frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions or concerns, contact the City’s Director of Community and Economic Development Jordan Twardy at 248-546-2393.
How will this work affect the area?
The work is being performed along Hilton Rd. between Academy and E. Breckenridge Streets. Hours of work will be limited to 7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. weekdays. You may experience lane closings or short driving delays throughout the duration of the project.
How long do you expect it to take?
The work is expected to take between three and four weeks, with an additional several days for cleanup repaving. The repaving work is not currently scheduled, as it’s dependent on weather and other factors, but is expected to take place shortly after the completion of the current work.
Why is this work being done after the Hilton Rd. repaving was completed?
Is the city paying to have it repaved again?
Every effort was made to coordinate DTE’s underground work and the Hilton Rd. repaving project. The goal was to have DTE perform the underground work during phase I of the Hilton Rd. project (while traffic was rerouted to the west side of Hilton Rd.). Unfortunately, DTE’s plans weren’t approved by the appropriate agencies until early August, after phase I had commenced. The City then had two options:
- Allow DTE to perform their work prior to the completion of the Hilton Rd. project—resulting in contractor fees for timeframe extension and the probability that Hilton Rd. would not be completed in time for winter, causing issues with snow removal and water drainage.
- Recommend that DTE perform their work after the road project was completed—allowing for the completion of paving within the planned timeframe and eliminating water ponding/freezing issues.
The decision to complete the Hilton Rd. project before DTE’s underground utility work was made with support by MDOT. The additional repaving work necessary for the utility project will be covered by DTE with no cost to the City.
When will the new substation be operational?
DTE anticipates that the new east Ferndale substation will be complete late this summer. Following its completion, there will be a two-year process of moving existing customer connections from the old substation to the new.