Project Announcement: Intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd (Salem Twp)

The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) is pleased to announce it will build a roundabout at the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd in Salem Township during the 2022 Construction Season.

What will the improvement look like?

WCRC is planning to build a single-lane roundabout at this intersection. This is an optimal solution because a roundabout can safely move greater volumes of traffic, including tractor trailers, through an intersection more efficiently and with less congestion than a traditional intersection at lower speeds.

For reference, this roundabout will be slightly larger in size than the roundabout at the intersection of Pontiac Tr and 7 Mile Rd Mile.

Why this intersection?

WCRC monitors numerous intersections across the county for traffic volumes and safety. The intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd currently has a higher traffic volume than what is recommended for the existing design. In addition, traffic volumes are expected to increase as the neighboring communities continue to grow.

A roundabout is the ideal solution to help safely handle current and future traffic volumes at this intersection, address capacity needs while reducing emissions from idling vehicles.

When will this project be completed?

Construction is expected to begin in the summer 2022. WCRC estimates it will take approximately 8 weeks to build the roundabout, weather pending. During this time, the intersection will be completely closed to traffic and a detour will be posted.

How can I get more information?

WCRC will hold a virtual public information meeting about this project on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 11 a.m. via Zoom. In addition, click here to visit WCRC’s project page to subscribe to project update emails.

For specific questions on this project, contact Mark McCulloch, senior project manager,, (734) 327-6679.