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Ann Arbor-Saline Road

Location of roadwork:
Oak Valley Drive to Lohr Road

Township:
Pittsfield

When is the work being done:
Phase 1: 10/7 - 10/25, Phase 2: 10/28 - 11/8

Description of work:
Concrete Pavement Repairs

Impact on Traffic:
The road will be closed in segments during this project but the intersections will remain open to traffic.

Funding Source(s):
Michigan Transportation Fund (MTF)

Latest Updates

November 15, 2019 Pause in the Action

As you know, we were very pleased to reopen Ann Arbor-Saline Road last Friday (one week ahead of schedule!). We have a little more cleaning up to do in this area once the snow melts, including removing any remaining detour signs. Pavement markings will be placed in the early spring. 

This will be the last project update for a few months, we will start project updates again once we get closer to the closure of the intersection of Ann Arbor-Saline Road and Wagner Road in the spring. We plan to reconstruct the intersection to include concrete pavement, drainage improvements, dedicated turn lanes, and a traffic signal. The intersection will be closed for approximately three months during this project. 

In the meantime, if you have any questions about these projects, please contact Michele Ford, project manager, (734) 327-6652, fordm@wcroads.org

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November 11, 2019 Road Reopened and Signal Adjustments Occurring

We are very happy to have reopened Ann Arbor Saline Road. We were working on signal adjustments throughout the weekend. We still have detectors on Ann Arbor-Saline Road to install but the weather has delayed us slightly. You may notice a bit of a delay as the signals are set manually until the detectors are installed. There are still some remaining items from the project that are in the right of way. We have scheduled their removal with our contractor once the weather cooperates.

If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Michele Ford, project manager, (734)327-6652, or via email at fordm@wcroads.org

 

November 8, 2019 Road Reopened: Ann Arbor Saline Road (Pittsfield Twp)

WHEN: Effective Friday, November 08, 2019 at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Ann Arbor-Saline Road between Waters Road/Lohr Road and the I-94 ramps in Pittsfield Township

WHY: Completion of concrete repairs

BACKGROUND: On Friday, November 08, 2019 at 5 p.m. the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) re-opened Ann Arbor-Saline Road between Waters Road/Lohr Road and the I-94 ramps in Pittsfield Township.

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Michele Ford, project manager, (734) 327-6652, or via email at fordm@wcroads.org

ISSUE DATE: 11/08/19

November 5, 2019 Curing with Blankets

Thanks to a dry weather window, our contractors poured the remaining concrete on Ann Arbor-Saline Road in Pittsfield Township Saturday. We are now waiting for the concrete to cure to traffic-bearing strength. We have added blankets (see below) over the concrete sections to help them cure faster. Once the concrete has cured long enough, we need to saw/seal the joints and place pavement markings before the road can be reopened.

It is still very important for vehicles of all kinds to stay out of the work zone. We are doing everything we can to get this project completed as soon as possible.

If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Michele Ford, project manager, (734) 327-6652, or via email at fordm@wcroads.org.

Concrete curing on Ann Arbor-Saline Road

 We’re using blankets to help speed up the concrete curing process.

November 1, 2019 Pouring Concrete – Please Stay Off

With today’s improved weather, our contractors began pouring concrete on the Ann Arbor-Saline Road project in Pittsfield Township. Once the concrete has been poured, it takes days to get to full traffic-bearing strength. Vehicles of all kinds must stay out of the work zone. Driving across the newly placed concrete pavement will damage it beyond repair and result in the removal of that concrete, extending the duration of the current closure. Moreover, entering the work zone is hazardous for both motorists and road workers.

We have asked the Pittsfield Township Police Department to help us enforce this closure.

If the weather cooperates and we pour all the concrete this weekend, testing of concrete samples will take place mid-next week to make sure the concrete has cured long enough. Once the concrete has cured to traffic strength, we need to saw/seal the joints and place pavement markings before the road can be reopened.

If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Michele Ford, project manager, (734) 327-6652, or via email at fordm@wcroads.org.

Pouring concrete on Ann Arbor-Saline Road

We started pouring concrete on Ann Arbor-Saline Road today

October 31, 2019 We Need Your Help

Despite the rainy conditions, we are making steady progress on Phase 2 of the Ann Arbor-Saline Road concrete repair project.

We know this closure is very inconvenient for travelers in the area. We are doing everything we can to complete it as soon as possible but we need your help. We have noticed multiple cases of unauthorized personnel moving road closure barricades and driving through the work zone during the day and night. This must not continue. Not only it is a major safety hazard to drivers (there are big holes where concrete has been removed) and the roadworkers, it slows the progress of the work, as the barricades have to be reset each time. If you see a barrier out of place, please contact our main phoneline, (734) 761-1500, immediately.

We continue to actively monitor traffic signal timings in the area and will continue to make adjustments, as possible.

If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Michele Ford, project manager, (734) 327-6652, or via email at fordm@wcroads.org.

 

October 29, 2019 Phase 2 Has Begun

Phase 2 of the Ann Arbor-Saline Road concrete repair project is underway. The road was closed yesterday morning between Waters Road/Lohr Road and the I-94 ramps. The intersection of Waters Road/Lohr Road remains open and the I-94 ramps also remain open.

We know that the detour route and surrounding roads were very congested yesterday. We are actively monitoring the work zone and detour route, including signage, and have already made some changes to help clarify the closure. We are working closely with the City of Ann Arbor to make adjustments to traffic signal timing where we can.

Right now, the closure is expected to last 3 weeks but that is weather dependent. Thank you for your patience during this particularly difficult road closure.

If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Michele Ford, project manager, (734) 327-6652, or via email at fordm@wcroads.org.

Phase 2 Detour Map

Phase 2 Detour Map

October 25, 2019 Road Closure: Ann Arbor-Saline Road (Phase 2, Pittsfield Twp)

WHEN: Starting Monday, October 28, 2019 at 6 a.m.

WHERE: Ann Arbor-Saline Road between Waters Road/Lohr Road and the I-94 ramps in Pittsfield Township

WHY: Concrete repairs

BACKGROUND: On Monday, October 28, 2019 at 6 a.m., the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) will close Ann Arbor-Saline Road between Waters Road/Lohr Road and the I-94 ramps in Pittsfield Township.

This is the second phase of a two-phase project. Phase 2 is expected to take approximately 3 weeks. However, all dates are tentative and subject to change due to weather conditions.

The intersection of Ann Arbor-Saline Road/Waters/Lohr Road will remain open during construction. The ramps to I-94 will also remain open during construction. Sidewalks and crossing signals will be impacted on Ann Arbor-Saline Road by this closure.

Businesses in this corridor remain open and accessible via the detour route.

DETOUR: Detour map

CONTACT: Click here to visit the project page for more information. If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Michele Ford, project manager, (734) 327-6652, or via email at fordm@wcroads.org

ISSUE DATE: 10/25/19

October 25, 2019 Road Reopened: Ann Arbor Saline Road (Pittsfield Twp)

WHEN: Effective Friday, October 25, 2019

WHERE: Ann Arbor-Saline Road between Oak Valley Drive and Lohr Road in Pittsfield Township

WHY: Completion of phase 1 of concrete repairs

BACKGROUND: On Friday, October 25, 2019, at approximately 8 a.m., the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) re-opened Ann Arbor-Saline Road between Oak Valley Drive and Lohr Road in Pittsfield Township.

This is the first phase of a 2-phase project. Ann Arbor-Saline Road will be closed between Waters Road/Lohr Road and the I-94 ramps for phase 2 starting Monday, October 28, 2019.

Businesses in this corridor will remain open and accessible via the posted detour route.

CONTACT: Click here to visit the project page for more information. If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Michele Ford, project manager, (734) 327-6652, or via email at fordm@wcroads.org

ISSUE DATE:  10/25/19

October 23, 2019 Phase 1 – Almost Done, Phase 2 Starting Soon

We are getting very close to reopening phase 1 of the Ann Arbor-Saline Road project. Ann Arbor-Saline Road between Oak Valley Drive and Lohr Road should be reopened this week. An advisory will be posted when the road is reopened.

The phase 2 closure is expected to begin on Monday, October 28, 2019. For this phase, Ann Arbor-Saline Road between Waters Road/Lohr Road and the I-94 ramps will be closed to all traffic. We expect this work to last approximately 3 weeks.

Businesses in this corridor will remain open and accessible via the phase 2 posted detour route.

If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Michele Ford, project manager, (734) 327-6652, or via email at fordm@wcroads.org.

October 15, 2019 Curing Time!

All the concrete for phase 1 of the repair work on Ann Arbor-Saline Road in Pittsfield Township has been poured. The concrete is now curing to allow it to gain strength, the curing time depends completely on the weather and temperatures over the next few days. 

Once it’s strong enough for traffic, the joints will be sealed and pavement markings applied before the road can be reopened to traffic. 

Please note, during this process, it will look like nothing is happening in this work zone, but please know that very important processes are occurring within the concrete. No traffic of any kind is allowed to travel on the closed portion of the roadway. In the past, we’ve had projects where bicyclists or pedestrians have traversed concrete that looked ready, only to cause substantial damage. We appreciate your patience during this process. 

If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Michele Ford, project manager, (734) 327-6652, or via email at fordm@wcroads.org.

October 14, 2019 Pouring Concrete

Our contractors are making steady progress on the concrete repairs on Ann Arbor-Saline Road in Pittsfield Township. Late last week, they started pouring concrete in some areas for the full-depth repair.

Ann Arbor-Saline Road remains closed to traffic between Oak Valley Drive and Lohr Road. The intersections of Ann Arbor-Saline Road/Oak Valley Drive and Ann Arbor-Saline Road/Lohr Road remain open. Businesses in this corridor remain open and accessible via the posted detour route.

If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Michele Ford, project manager, (734) 327-6652, or via email at fordm@wcroads.org.

 Our contractor is making steady progress on Ann Arbor-Saline Rd

October 7, 2019 Ann Arbor-Saline Road is Officially Closed to Traffic

As planned, Ann Arbor-Saline Road in Pittsfield Township is officially closed to traffic between Oak Valley Drive and Lohr Road. Our contractors began their concrete removal work this morning.

Phase 1 is expected to take approximately 2-3 weeks. However, all dates are tentative and subject to change due to weather conditions. Information about Phase 2 road work will be issued ahead of any new road closures.

The intersections of Ann Arbor-Saline Road/Oak Valley Drive and Ann Arbor-Saline Road/Lohr Road remain open. Sidewalks and crossing signals on Ann Arbor-Saline Road are also impacted by this closure. Businesses in this corridor remain open and accessible via the posted detour route.

If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Michele Ford, project manager, (734) 327-6652, or via email at fordm@wcroads.org.

Our contractors closed down phase 1 of Ann Arbor-Saline Road today.

October 3, 2019 Road Closure: Ann Arbor-Saline Road (Pittsfield Twp)

WHEN: Starting Monday, October 7, 2019 at 6 a.m.

WHERE: Ann Arbor-Saline Road between Oak Valley Drive and Lohr Road in Pittsfield Township

WHY: Concrete repairs

BACKGROUND: On Monday, October 7, 2019 at 6 a.m., the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) will close Ann Arbor-Saline Road between Oak Valley Drive and Lohr Road in Pittsfield Township to ALL traffic for concrete repairs.

This is the first phase of a two-phase project. Phase 1 is expected to take approximately two weeks. However, all dates are tentative and subject to change due to weather conditions. Information about Phase 2 road work will be issued ahead of any new road closures.

The intersections of Ann Arbor-Saline Road/Oak Valley Drive and Ann Arbor-Saline Road/Lohr Road will remain open during construction. Sidewalks and crossing signals will be impacted on Ann Arbor-Saline Road by this closure.

Businesses in this corridor remain open and accessible via the detour route.

DETOUR: Detour map

CONTACT: Click here to visit the project page for more information. If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Michele Ford, project manager, (734) 327-6652, or via email at fordm@wcroads.org.

ISSUE DATE: 10/03/19

September 30, 2019 Ann Arbor-Saline Road Project Background

We’ve had a lot of questions about why we are working again on Ann Arbor-Saline Road between Oak Valley Drive and the I-94 ramps this year.

Just like many things in construction, the answer is complicated, so here’s some background:

In 2014, WCRC and the City of Ann Arbor reconstructed Ann Arbor-Saline Road between the eastbound I-94 ramps and Eisenhower Parkway with full-depth concrete pavement (9 inches).  Additionally, WCRC planned a concrete pavement overlay (5 inches) over the existing asphalt on Ann Arbor-Saline Road between Oak Valley Drive and the eastbound I-94 ramps.

Unfortunately, 2014 was a very busy year in our region for the concrete industry. Due to major road projects, like the total reconstruction of I-96 in Livonia, concrete prices on our project bids came back incredibly high, particularly for the concrete pavement overlay. To stay within our budget and move forward with the Ann Arbor-Saline Road project, we decided to change the project design.

The amended scope of work included a full-depth concrete pavement for the northbound curb lane on Ann Arbor-Saline Road between Oak Valley Drive and the eastbound I-94 onramp. This lane was chosen because of the severe pavement distress and the heavy truck traffic heading to I-94. To help reduce project costs, the concrete overlay thickness on the rest of the road was reduced from 5 inches to approximately 4 inches. The concrete overlay has extended the existing pavement’s service life but we knew a longer-term fix would be required in the future.

Flashforward to 2019, due to the past few harsh winters with their dramatic freeze-thaw cycles, certain portions of the concrete overlay pavement are breaking up and need to be replaced.

So, that’s what we will be doing, in two phases, during the closure this October.  Phase 1 will require the full closure of Ann Arbor-Saline Road between Oak Valley Drive and Lohr/Waters Road. Phase 2 will require the full closure of Ann Arbor-Saline Road between Lohr/Waters Road and the I-94 ramps. The intersections of Ann Arbor-Saline Road/Oak Valley Drive and Ann Arbor-Saline Road/Lohr Road will remain open during both phases of construction. Exact dates of each closure will be published soon.

These pavement repairs will remove the existing concrete overlay and asphalt pavement in certain areas and replace it with full-depth concrete pavement (9 inches) for a long-term fix.

If you have questions about this project or the work done in 2014, please contact Matthew MacDonell, director of engineering, at (734) 327-6688 or macdonellm@wcroads.org.

September 24, 2019 Ann Arbor-Saline Road Concrete Repair – Coming Soon

The bids are in and we have a contractor for the Ann Arbor-Saline Road improvement projects announced this spring. Right now, it is looking like our contractor will start the concrete repairs on Ann Arbor-Saline Road between Oak Valley Drive and I-94 in early October.

This work will be done in two phases. The intersections of Ann Arbor-Saline Road/Oak Valley Drive and Ann Arbor-Saline Road/Lohr Road will remain open during construction. Phase 1, between Oak Valley Drive and Lohr Road will be completed first. Depending on the weather and schedule, phase 2, between Lohr Road and the I-94 ramps will be completed after phase 1.

During each phase, the section will be closed to all traffic to allow concrete repairs to cure properly. Our goal is to complete both phases and reopen the road by Friday, October 25, 2019.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Matt MacDonell, director of engineering, (734) 327-6688, macdonellm@wcroads.org.

The work planned at the intersections of Ann Arbor-Saline Road/Wagner Road and Ann Arbor-Saline Road/Pleasant Lake Road will take place in the spring of 2020.

Ann Arbor-Saline Road Concrete Repairs – Phase 1 Construction Work Zone and Detour

May 14, 2019 Project Open House: Ann Arbor-Saline Road Improvements

WHAT: Ann Arbor-Saline Road Improvements Open House

WHEN: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 6 – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Lodi Township Hall, 3755 Pleasant Lake Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

WHY: The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) will hold an open house on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at the Lodi Township Hall to share information about the improvements planned for Ann Arbor-Saline Road.

The Ann Arbor-Saline Road at Wagner Road intersection will be reconstructed and signalized, and the existing traffic signal at Ann Arbor-Saline Road and Pleasant Lake Road will be upgraded. In addition, concrete repairs will be made on Ann Arbor-Saline Road between Oak Valley Drive and I-94.

CONTACT: If you have any questions, please contact Michele Ford, (734) 327-6652.

WCRC will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services, such as signers for the hearing impaired and audiotapes or printed material being considered at the meeting, to individuals with disabilities upon a 7-business day notice to WCRC. Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact Emily Kizer, communications manager, by phone (734) 327-6646, by email kizere@wcroads.org, by fax (734) 761-3737 or by mail at WCRC, 555 N. Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

ISSUE DATE: 5/14/2019

May 9, 2019 Project Announcement: Ann Arbor-Saline Road Improvements

The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) is excited to announce three new projects on Ann Arbor-Saline Road in Lodi and Pittsfield Townships in 2019.

Here’s a summary of the planned improvements:

  • Ann Arbor-Saline Road at Wagner Road Intersection
    • Reconstruct the intersection to include concrete pavement, drainage improvements, and dedicated turn lanes, and install a traffic signal to optimize traffic movements. The intersection will be closed for approximately three months during this project.
  • Ann Arbor-Saline Road at Pleasant Lake Road Intersection
    • Upgrade the existing traffic signal to include left turn protection signalization and signal timing optimization. This intersection will remain open to traffic during construction but there will be intermittent lane restrictions.
  • Ann Arbor-Saline Road Concrete Repairs
    • Replace existing damaged concrete overlay with full-depth concrete pavement in various locations between Oak Valley Drive and the I-94 ramps. The road will be closed in segments during this project but the intersections will remain open to traffic.

The work is expected to take place later in the 2019 or early in the 2020 construction season. WCRC will hold an open house about all three projects on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 6 – 7 p.m. at the Lodi Township Hall, 3755 Pleasant Lake Rd, Ann Arbor.

WCRC will post project updates and road advisories online at wcroads.org and on its Facebook and Twitter pages. Subscribe to project updates and road work advisories: wcroads.org/residents/subscribe-to-road-updates/ For specific questions on this project, contact Michele Ford, Civil Engineer, at (734) 327-6652 or fordm@wcroads.org.

Contact information:
Michele Ford
    • (734) 327-6652
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