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Grove Road

Location of roadwork:
Between Margarita Street and Harris Road

Township:
Ypsilanti

When is the work being done:
Now through end of October

Description of work:
Road Reconstruction, Slope Stabilization

Impact on Traffic:
Road is closed to through traffic

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

Latest Updates

October 18, 2019 Road Reopened: Grove Road (Ypsilanti Twp)

WHEN: Effective Friday, October 18, 2019

WHERE: Grove Road between Margarita Street and Harris Road in Ypsilanti Township

WHY: Completion of slope stabilization

BACKGROUND:  On Friday, October 18, 2019, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) re-opened Grove Road between Margarita Street and Harris Road in Ypsilanti Township.

The work remaining includes the construction of new concrete sidewalk along the south side of the road and the installation of new pavement markings. This work is expected to be completed in the very near future.

To accommodate the above noted remaining work, we will be implementing a lane shift, moving westbound traffic into the on-street parking lane in front of your home. The shifting of the traffic will include temporary traffic control and temporary pavement markings.

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Aaron Berkholz, senior project manager, (734) 327-6648, or via email at berkholza@wcroads.org

Visit wcroads.org/wcrc-project/grove-road/ for more information or to subscribe to project updates via email.

ISSUE DATE: 10/15/19

October 14, 2019 Grove Road (Nearly) Rebuilt

Last week, our contractors completed the paving work required on Grove Road in Ypsilanti Township. The road remains closed to traffic until we can finish a few punch-list safety items, including guardrail, sidewalk and pavement markings.

We hope to reopen the road later this week or early next week, depending on the weather. We will issue an update as soon as the road is back open to traffic. Thank you for your patience during this project.

If you have any questions, please contact Aaron Berkholz, senior project manager, (734) 327-6648 or berkholza@wcroads.org.

The final layer of paving was completed last week on Grove Rd.

October 7, 2019 Curb Appeal

Over the past two weeks, our contractors have made significant progress on the reconstruction of Grove Road between Margarita Street and Harris Road in Ypsilanti Township. They have completed the storm sewer work, including the new outlet to Ford Lake, and the stone aggregate base has been placed in the curb and roadway areas. In addition, the concrete curb has also been constructed.

There’s a lot work of planned this week, if the weather cooperates, including, guardrail installation, final grading of the stone aggregate road base, and the first layer of asphalt paving.

Grove Road remains closed between Margarita Street and Harris Road to facilitate this construction. Residents who live within the work zone will continue to have access to their homes, all other traffic must follow the posted detour or seek an alternate route. We are still hoping to have the road reopened to traffic by the end of October, as long as the weather continues to cooperate.

If you have any questions, please contact Aaron Berkholz, senior project manager, (734) 327-6648 or berkholza@wcroads.org.

New curb was constructed on Grove Rd last week.

September 23, 2019 Marching Along

Our contractors have been making steady progress on the reconstruction of Grove Road between Margarita Street and Harris Road in Ypsilanti Township. Right now they continue to be focused on building the new storm sewer system and removing damaged parts of the roadway and sidewalk.

Once the underground and removal work has been completed, new curb, sidewalk, asphalt pavement, guardrail, and pavement markings will be installed.

Grove Road remains closed between Margarita Street and Harris Road to facilitate this construction. Residents who live within the work zone will continue to have access to their homes, all other traffic must follow the posted detour or seek an alternate route.

If you have any questions, please contact Aaron Berkholz, senior project manager, (734) 327-6648 or berkholza@wcroads.org.

Parts of the new storm sewer system have already been installed on Grove Road

September 10, 2019 Road Reconstruction Underway

Road reconstruction of Grove Road between Margarita Street and Harris Road has officially begun! Last week, E.T. Mackenzie, our contractors for this stage of the project, began working on earthwork and preparing the area for the new storm sewer outlet.

During this phase of the project, our contractors will remove damaged curb, sidewalk, storm sewer, and pavement. New storm sewer will then be installed, including a new storm sewer outlet to Ford Lake. This work is expected to take approximately four weeks, depending on the weather. Once that has been completed, new curb, sidewalk, asphalt pavement, guardrail, and pavement markings will be installed which will take another approximately two weeks.

Grove Road will remain closed between Margarita Street and Harris Road to facilitate this construction. Residents who live within the work zone will continue to have access to their homes, all other traffic must follow the posted detour or seek an alternate route.

If you have any questions, please contact Aaron Berkholz, senior project manager, (734) 327-6648 or berkholza@wcroads.org.

Earthwork on Grove Road

August 28, 2019 Back In Action

Over the past few weeks, we have been working to finalize the design plan and solicit bids from qualified contractors. We are now ready to start the road reconstruction phase of this project. Road work will begin next week, after the Labor Day holiday, and is expected to take 4 – 6 weeks. The schedule will depend on the weather, site conditions, scope of work, and contractor schedules.

During this phase of the project, our contractors will remove damaged curb, sidewalk, storm sewer, and pavement. New storm sewer will then be installed, including a new storm sewer outlet to Ford Lake. Once that has been completed, new curb, sidewalk, asphalt pavement, guardrail, and pavement markings will be installed.

Grove Road will remain closed between Margarita Street and Harris Road to facilitate this construction. Residents who live within the work zone will continue to have access to their homes, all other traffic must follow the posted detour or seek an alternate route.

We appreciate your understanding while we continue our response to this challenging situation. If you have any questions, please contact Aaron Berkholz, senior project manager, (734) 327-6648 or berkholza@wcroads.org.

August 7, 2019 Pause in the Action

The full steel retaining wall has been installed along Grove Rd in Ypsilanti Township. We are now working with our contractor to finalize the road reconstruction plans which will include replacement of significant portions of the storm sewer, road, curb, and sidewalk.

Work on the site will temporarily pause, pending finalization of the plans. In order to protect the motoring public and the work site, Grove Road will remain closed during this pause to all through traffic between Margarita Street and Harris Road. Property owners and residents who live within the work zone will continue to have access to their driveway from the Harris Road end of the project.

We are making every effort to advance this challenging project on an expedited timeline. However, due care must be taken to perform the work in an efficient and thoughtful manner. The road repairs will take approximately four to six weeks, but will depend upon the weather, site conditions, scope of work, and contractor schedules.

We appreciate your understanding while we continue our response to this challenging situation. If you have any questions, please contact Nate Murphy, (734) 327-6647 or murphyn@wcroads.org.

The steel retaining wall along Grove Rd has been completed

July 23, 2019 Sheeting Install Has Begun

Our contractor began to install steel sheeting on Grove Road in Ypsilanti Township yesterday. Unfortunately, this is a very noisy process and we apologize for the annoyance. This method is the best way to install this important sheeting to stabilize the slope. Once the sheeting has been fully installed, it will be level with the road’s curb.

Grove Road remains closed to through traffic between Margarita Street and Harris Road in Ypsilanti Township. Access to the residential properties and Loon Feather Point Park will be maintained. However, on-street parking is not be permitted on Grove Road between Margarita Street and Harris Road during this project.

If you have questions about this project, contact Aaron Berkholz, senior project manager, (734) 327-6648, berkholza@wcroads.org

Grove Road Sheeting Install

Steel sheeting being installed on Grove Road in Ypsilanti Township yesterday. The sheets shown are just “toed-in”, once fully installed, they will be level with the curb.

July 16, 2019 Road Closure: Grove Road (Ypsilanti Twp)

WHEN: Starting Thursday, July 18, 2019

WHERE: Grove Road between Margarita Street and Harris Road in Ypsilanti Township

WHY: Slope stabilization and road repairs

BACKGROUND: On Thursday, July 18, 2019, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) will close Grove Road between Margarita Street and Harris Road in Ypsilanti Township to through traffic.

This closure will allow for slope stabilization and the subsequent reconstruction of a portion of Grove Road. This closure is expected to last approximately six to eight weeks, but will depend upon weather, site conditions, scope of work, and contractor schedules.

Access to the residential properties and Loon Feather Point Park will be maintained. However, on-street parking will not be permitted on Grove Road between Margarita Street and Harris Road.

This work requires the placement of steel sheeting along the slope and will be very noisy during the day.

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Aaron Berkholz, senior project manager, (734) 327-6648, or via email at berkholza@wcroads.org

Visit wcroads.org/wcrc-project/grove-road/ for more information or to subscribe to project updates via email.

ISSUE DATE: 07/16/19

June 28, 2019 Making a Plan

Tree work has been completed on Grove Road in Ypsilanti Township. We continue to fine tune our plan for stabilizing the slope and reconstructing the damaged road and roadside. This will be accomplished in two phases:

  1. Slope stabilization
  2. Reconstruction of Grove Road – including earthwork, storm sewer repair, curb, sidewalk, paving, guardrail, line markings, etc.

We are coordinating with area utilities to resolve any utility conflicts before this work can begin.

At this time, traffic remains shifted. The scope of work will likely require the closure of Grove Rd between Margarita Street and South Harris Road in the future. Access for residents, who live within the closure, and Loon Feather Point Park will be maintained. An advisory will be issued ahead of this closure.

If you have questions about this project, contact Aaron Berkholz, senior project manager, (734) 327-6648, berkholza@wcroads.org

June 18, 2019 Tree Work to Begin on Grove Road

Tree cutting and clearing along Grove Road between Margarita Street and Harris Road is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. This work is expected to take four days, weather permitting. The clearing is expected to include two large trees, as well as several smaller trees and brush. This clearing is being performed on an expedited schedule, in order to advance the probable slope repair work and to avoid the uncontrolled loss of the trees.

The contractor has been directed to flush cut the trees to the ground, with the stumps to remain in place, as this may provide some continued stability to the slope.

If you have questions about this work, contact Aaron Berkholz, senior project manager, (734) 327-6648, berkholza@wcroads.org

June 11, 2019 Traffic Shift Advisory: Grove Road (Ypsilanti Twp)

WHEN: Starting Wednesday, June 12, 2019

WHERE: Grove Road between Margarita Street and Harris Road in Ypsilanti Township

WHY: Slope evaluation, road repairs

BACKGROUND: On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) will shift west bound traffic to the on-street parking lane on Grove Road between Margarita Street and Harris Road in Ypsilanti Township. East bound traffic will also be shifted. Two-way traffic will be maintained.

This lane shift will allow for the continued evaluation and follow up repairs to this segment of Grove Road.

Residents who live within the work zone will be provided access to their driveways, but on-street parking will not be permitted on Grove Road between Margarita Street and Harris Road in Ypsilanti Township after today, Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

Every attempt will be made to contact vehicle owners for those vehicles remaining in the on-street parking area after today. However, if a vehicle owner cannot be contacted, the vehicle will be towed. The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department will enforce this temporary traffic order.

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Aaron Berkholz, senior project manager, (734) 327-6648, or via email at berkholza@wcroads.org

Visit wcroads.org/wcrc-project/grove-road/ for more information or to subscribe to project updates via email.

ISSUE DATE: 06/11/19

Contact information:
Aaron Berkholz
    • (734) 327-6648
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