On Wednesday, May 31, 2017, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) held a public information meeting regarding the 2018 Textile Road Improvement Project. The road project is funded by a State Transportation Economic Development Fund grant (TEDF) and local road millage funds. The project will include the following work:
- Two new traffic signals will be installed at the intersections of Textile Road & US-12/Michigan Avenue and Textile Road & Platt Road.
- The unpaved portion of Textile Road will be paved from State Road to US-12/Michigan Avenue. The general road cross-section will consist of two travel lanes (one in each direction). Both sides of the road will have widened shoulders which will be designated as bicycle lanes.
- New culverts will also be placed for the Koch-Warner and Pittsfield No. 5 Drains.
The following are displays from our public meeting with further details on the project. To view the project’s FAQ please click here. You may also submit comments about the project online by clicking here.
New Traffic Signals
Two new traffic signals will be installed at the intersections of Textile Road & Platt Road and Textile Road & US-12/Michigan Avenue.
- Textile Rd & US-12/Michigan Avenue. This intersection currently requires traffic on Textile Road to stop for traffic traveling along US-12/Michigan Avenue. The 2018 project will fund the installation of a traffic signal and will realign the intersection slightly west, towards Platt Rd. By realigning the intersection WCRC expects the project to enhance safety.
- Textile Rd & Platt Rd. This intersection currently requires traffic on Textile Road to stop for traffic on Platt Road. The 2018 project will fund the installation of a traffic light. Again, WCRC expects that the conversion to a traffic light will enhance safety.
WCRC is working closely with the Michigan Department of Transportation to make sure that the Textile Road traffic signal improvements will work in concert with future improvements to the US-12/Michigan Avenue corridor between the City of Saline and U.S. 23.
Paving Textile Road & Adding Bicycle Lanes
The existing paved surface will be milled and resurfaced with two inches (2”) of new asphalt from State Road easterly to the end of pavement (east of Interfirst Drive/Hines Drive). The remaining gravel road portion of Textile Road will be paved from the end of the existing paved road eastward to Michigan Avenue/US-12.
A representation of the new two-lane roadway can be seen in Image 1 below. These roadway features will exist from Gordon Drive to a point 1,500 feet west of Platt Road.
The remaining portion of Textile Road from 1,500 feet west of Platt Road to US-12/Michigan Avenue will consist of the three-lane cross section illustrated below in Image 2.
Proposed Detour Routes
Two different detour routes will be used to build the Textile Road improvements.
Detour Route for Textile Road
Textile Road will be closed to through-traffic for the duration of the construction project. Only residents who live or own property along Textile Road from State Road to US-12/Michigan Avenue will be permitted to drive inside of the work zone. All others will be required to follow the posted detour route or some other alternative route. The posted detour route will use US-12/Michigan Avenue and State Road.
Detour Route for Platt Road Closure
The duration of construction will be approximately four months. Within this period, the Contractor will close the intersection of Textile Road and Platt Road for four weeks. This closure is necessary to replace the Koch-Warner Drain and reconstruct the Platt/Textile Road intersection. The posted detour route for this closure, seen in Image 4, will use US-12/Michigan Avenue, Carpenter Road and Ellsworth Road.