Meeting Summary: On Monday, December 16, 2019, State Representative Ronnie Peterson, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Ypsilanti Township and the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) hosted the second public meeting to discuss the plan for improving US-12 and M-17 (Ecorse Road) in Ypsilanti Township. Approximately 45 people attended this meeting at the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church on Tyler Road. Staff from WCRC presented the plan for this project. Click here for the slides presented.
This project focuses on three goals:
- Improving safety for drivers and pedestrians
- Improving access to the West Willow Neighborhood
- Beautifying the US-12 corridor
- Street lighting from I-94 to the county line
- Landscaping, beautification and improved signage
- Different access to the West Willow Neighborhood
- A narrower boulevard off I-94 to the intersection of M-17 and US-12
- Simplified intersection of M-17 and US-12
- Improved pedestrian crossing from the West Willow Neighborhood to the intersection of M-17 and Ford Blvd.
- Removal of bridge and ramp access to US-12 to help make the US-12 feel less like a highway
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: The next step is to design the project, including roadway and drainage design, street lighting design with DTE, landscaping design with stakeholder input and utility coordination. The design phase is expected to last until spring 2020.
Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2020 with completion in the spring/summer of 2021.
Contact us: If you have any questions concerning this meeting, please contact Michele Ford, project manager, (734) 327-6652, firstname.lastname@example.org.