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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: 10/7/19 - 10/24/19, Phase 2: TBD

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

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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