Public Meeting #1 Summary

By October 30, 2019Project Updates
Meeting Summary: On Tuesday, October 29, 2019, State Representative Ronnie Peterson, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Ypsilanti Township and the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) hosted a public meeting to discuss options for improving US-12 and M-17 (Ecorse Road) in Ypsilanti Township. Approximately 50 people attended this meeting at the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church on Tyler Road. OHM, project consultants, presented the three design options that attendees provided feedback on. These design options focused on ways to…
  • Improve pedestrian safety
  • Improve vehicle safety
  • “Right-size” the infrastructure to current and future uses
The designs were created based on feedback from an October 4 brainstorming session with the project stakeholder group (made up of community leaders, WCRC staff, MDOT staff and Ypsilanti Township officials). No matter which design is ultimately chosen, each will include improved street lighting and signage. Online comments were accepted from October 30 – November 8.
Click on the images below for a bigger version of each design


Option A:

5-Lane Road with Traffic Signals

Option B:

Boulevard with Traffic Signals

Option C:

Boulevard with Roundabouts

Project Background: State Representative Ronnie Peterson, MDOT, Ypsilanti Township and WCRC have partnered to make improvements to the US-12 corridor between I-94 and Wiard Road, near the West Willow neighborhood and the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti Township. Rep. Peterson and Ypsilanti Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo worked with MDOT to receive $8  million dollars for this project, with the goal of improving driver and pedestrian safety along this important corridor in eastern Ypsilanti Township.

The funding comes from the MDOT’s budget and must be spent on MDOT roads in this area. MDOT has partnered with Ypsilanti Township and WCRC to administer the project.

Project Timeline: OHM is currently working on compiling data and feedback from the October 29 meeting. Over the next month, they will conduct operation analysis and preliminary cost estimates for the three design alternatives. A final recommendation will be made and Public Meeting #2 will be held in December.

Construction is expected in 2020.

Contact us: If you have any questions concerning this meeting, please contact Michele Ford, project manager, (734) 327-6652, [email protected].