Pothole Relief Coming…But Detours Abound
I was happy to read on MLive that starting at the end of the month some of the worst roads in the area will see some relief as major construction projects kick-off. These roads include the Ann Arbor Saline Road Bridge located between Eisenhower and Oak Valley Dr, Jackson Rd/Huron St (I-94 Business) from I-94 to Main St, and Carpenter Rd between Washtenaw Ave and Packard Rd..
The Ann Arbor-Saline Repair includes improvements to the bridge over I-94 that will result in closures beginning with Southbound bridge traffic from the end of March through mid-July. Beginning in early June, the bridge will also be closed to northbound traffic. Northbound closures will remain through the end of August. The goal is to have construction completed before the first UM football game on August 30.
The Jackson Rd/Huron St. construction project will include implementing a road diet between Dexter Ave and Maple Ave. The project will also include repaving of the entire 2.4 mile length and reconstruction of the I-94 ramps. The plan is to maintain one lane of traffic eastbound on Jackson Rd/Huron St with westbound traffic detoured on Ashley, Miller, and Maple. Construction is scheduled to begin in April and run through November.
Carpenter Rd reconstruction will cover the area between Washtenaw Ave and Packard Rd and is scheduled for April through August. I moved to Michigan in 2003 and it seems that this area (particularly the right southbound lane) has been a web of potholes the entire time. This project includes improvements to the road bed as well as a switch to concrete which will hopefully limit the formation of future potholes. It also includes the addition of bike lanes. At least one lane of traffic will remain open in both directions during the project.
While I agree that these routes all need some serious work, I am somewhat concerned that two routes between downtown Ann Arbor and I-94 are under construction with road closures simultaneously. I hope that Miller Ave and State St are ready to handle the increased traffic loads. I hope the weather this spring and early summer in conducive to completing these projects quickly. I also plan to take them into consideration when mapping out our summer plans…ie swim lessons at Vets Pool may not be the best choice.