Pontiac Tr & N. Territorial Rd Roundabout

Location of roadwork:
At the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd

Township:
Salem

When is the work being done:
Roundabout construction: June 13 - September 23

Description of work:
Roundabout

Impact on Traffic:
Intersection is closed to all traffic during roundabout construction.

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

Latest Updates

September 30, 2022 Looking Good

Check out this great shot of the new roundabout at Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd. Thank you to everyone for your patience with this project!

drone's eye view of the new roundabout at Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd

September 23, 2022 Road Reopened: Intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd (Salem Twp)

WHEN: Effective Friday, September 23, 2022

WHERE: Intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd in Salem Township

WHY: Completion of roundabout project

BACKGROUND: On Friday, September 23, 2022, at approximately 1:30 p.m., the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) re-opened the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd in Salem Township after completing a roundabout project.

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact Nate Murphy, (734) 327-6647 or murphyn@wcroads.org

ISSUE DATE: 09/23/22

September 14, 2022 Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd: Getting Close

We’re nearly done with our work at the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd in Salem Township.

Paving wrapped up last week and it is looking great. We are waiting for a few more items to be completed before the intersection is reopened, including pavement markings. Contractually, our contractor has until September 30 to reopen the road but we are hoping it will be sooner than that.

The intersection remains closed to ALL through traffic. Access for those who live on Dutch Hill Dr and those traveling to businesses located at the intersection will be provided throughout construction but NO traffic will be allowed to traverse the intersection itself. Please follow the posted detour or take an alternate route.

Questions? Contact Aaron Berkholz, senior project manager, berkholza@wcroads.org, (734) 327-6648.

September 7, 2022 Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd: Top Course

Today is another big day at the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd in Salem Township – it’s paving day! Our contractor is placing the second layer of asphalt – often called the top course – on the roundabout. They will begin paving driveway and private road approaches within the work zone tomorrow.

Once paving has been completed, we still need to complete the following items before the intersection can be reopened:

  • Turf restoration in areas disturbed by construction
  • Gravel shoulders
  • Permanent signs
  • Pavement markings
  • General clean-up

In the meantime, the intersection remains closed to ALL through traffic. Access for those who live on Dutch Hill Dr and those traveling to businesses located at the intersection will be provided throughout construction but NO traffic will be allowed to traverse the intersection itself. Please follow the posted detour or take an alternate route.

Questions? Contact Aaron Berkholz, senior project manager, berkholza@wcroads.org, (734) 327-6648.

paving at the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd

Our contractor hard at work paving at the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd earlier today.

August 29, 2022 Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd: Pave the Way

We had a very productive weekend at the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd in Salem Township. Our contractor nearly completed placing the entire first layer of asphalt throughout the roundabout. They will complete the second layer in the coming weeks.

Our contractor also plans to begin work on turf restoration in the areas that have been disturbed this week.

The intersection remains closed to ALL through traffic. Access for those who live on Dutch Hill Dr and those traveling to businesses located at the intersection will be provided but NO traffic will be allowed to traverse the intersection itself. Please follow the posted detour or take an alternate route.

Questions? Contact Nate Murphy, project manager, murphyn@wcroads.org, (734) 327-6647.

paving on Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd

August 24, 2022 Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd: Waiting for a Cure

We continue to make great progress on the new roundabout at the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd in Salem Township. Our contractor finished pouring the concrete splitter and central islands (check out the picture below) earlier this week.

While the concrete is curing, our contractor is grading and compacting the stone road base in preparation for paving in the coming weeks.

The intersection remains closed to ALL through traffic. Access for those who live on Dutch Hill Dr and those traveling to businesses located at the intersection will be provided but NO traffic will be allowed to traverse the intersection itself. Law enforcement is issuing tickets to those who attempt to violate the closure. Please follow the posted detour or take an alternate route.

Questions? Contact Nate Murphy, project manager, murphyn@wcroads.org, (734) 327-6647.

concrete work on Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd

August 9, 2022 Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd: Curbs are In!

Concrete curbs are in place and curing at the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd in Salem Township. Earthwork and grading are ongoing in preparation for the splitter and center island concrete pour next week (weather pending).

The intersection remains closed to ALL through traffic. Access for those who live on Dutch Hill Dr and those traveling to businesses located at the intersection will be provided but NO traffic will be allowed to traverse the intersection itself. Law enforcement is issuing tickets to those who attempt to violate the closure. Please follow the posted detour or take an alternate route.

Questions? Contact Nate Murphy, project manager, murphyn@wcroads.org, (734) 327-6647.

Drone shot of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd Curbs

August 4, 2022 Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd: Placing Curbs

We continue to make great progress at the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd in Salem Township. Our contractor began placing concrete curb yesterday and will continue this work for the next few days. Once curb has been placed, it will need a couple of days to cure. For those homes and businesses in the work zone, access will be maintained to driveways during this concrete pour with part-width openings. Please follow all instructions from the crew onsite to make sure wet concrete isn’t damaged.

Once all the curbs have been placed, our contractor will continue with earthwork and grading of the site.

The intersection remains closed to ALL through traffic. Access for those who live on Dutch Hill Dr and those traveling to businesses located at the intersection will be provided but NO traffic will be allowed to traverse the intersection itself. Law enforcement is issuing tickets to those who attempt to violate the closure. Please follow the posted detour or take an alternate route.

Questions? Contact Nate Murphy, project manager, murphyn@wcroads.org, (734) 327-6647.

photo of workers placing concrete curb on August 3 in Salem Twp

July 25, 2022 Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd: Storms Over

Construction is really moving along at the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd in Salem Township. Last week, our contractor finished installing storm sewer. This week, they will continue to work on driveway culverts and earthwork in preparation for the new intersection alignment.

The intersection remains closed to ALL through traffic. Access for those who live on Dutch Hill Dr and those traveling to businesses located at the intersection will be provided but NO traffic will be allowed to traverse the intersection itself. Law enforcement is issuing tickets to those who attempt to violate the closure. Please follow the posted detour or take an alternate route.

Questions? Contact Nate Murphy, project manager, murphyn@wcroads.org, (734) 327-6647.

photo of earth work on Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rdphoto of storm sewer installation on Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd

July 15, 2022 Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd: Stormin’ Along

More progress is happening every week on our new roundabout at the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd in Salem Township. This week, our contractor began installing storm sewers and AT&T continued with their relocation efforts.

The intersection remains closed to ALL through traffic. Access for those who live on Dutch Hill Dr and those traveling to businesses located at the intersection will be provided but NO traffic will be allowed to traverse the intersection itself. Law enforcement is issuing tickets to those who attempt to violate the closure. Please follow the posted detour or take an alternate route.

Questions? Contact Nate Murphy, project manager, murphyn@wcroads.org, (734) 327-6647.

various photos from the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd during the week of July 15

June 30, 2022 Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd: Taking Shape

We continue to make good progress on the new roundabout at the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd in Salem Township. This week, contractors for AT&T were onsite relocating lines. We expect storm sewer installation to begin in the coming days.

As you can see from the drone shot below the new intersection alignment is really taking shape.

As a reminder, the intersection is closed to ALL through traffic. Access for those who live on Dutch Hill Dr and those traveling to businesses located at the intersection will be provided but NO traffic will be allowed to traverse the intersection itself. Law enforcement is issuing tickets to those who attempt to violate the closure. Please follow the posted detour or take an alternate route.

Questions? Contact Nate Murphy, project manager, murphyn@wcroads.org, (734) 327-6647.

June 30 drone shot of the Pontiac Tr & N. Territorial Rd roundabout

Police helping to patrol road closure

Washtenaw County Sheriff Deputies are on-site and issuing tickets. We really appreciate their assistance in keeping everyone safe. (Photo taken earlier this month at the start of the closure)

June 22, 2022 Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd: Moving Earth

We’re making good progress at the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd in Salem Township. All the existing pavement has been removed and earthwork for the new alignment has begun.

As a reminder, the intersection is closed to ALL through traffic. Access for those who live on Dutch Hill Dr and those traveling to businesses located at the intersection will be provided access but NO traffic will be allowed to traverse the intersection itself. Click here for the posted detour.

Questions? Contact Nate Murphy, project manager, murphyn@wcroads.org, (734) 327-6647.

photo of updated construction work

June 14, 2022 Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd: Closed Means Closed

Day two of the Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd Roundabout project in Salem Township has already been a busy one. Our contractor is onsite removing pavement and signs. Earthwork to realign the intersection will begin in the coming days.

The intersection is closed to ALL through traffic. Access for those who live on Dutch Hill Dr and those traveling to businesses located at the intersection will be provided access but NO traffic will be allowed to traverse the intersection itself.

We have seen a lot of work zone intrusions in the first 24 hours of this closure. This is a major safety concern. Law enforcement has been issuing tickets to those who attempt to violate the closure. Please follow the posted detour or take an alternate route.

Questions? Contact Nate Murphy, project manager, murphyn@wcroads.org, (734) 327-6647.

photos showing progress being made on N Territorial Rd and Pontiac Tr

June 13, 2022 Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd Roundabout: Officially Closed

Roundabout construction at the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd in Salem Township is officially underway! The intersection was closed earlier today and will be closed for approximately 15 weeks as we construct a single-lane roundabout. A detour has been posted, click here for the map.

Questions? Contact Nate Murphy, project manager, (734) 327-6647, murphyn@wcroads.org.

Photo of road closure sign for Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd

June 9, 2022 Intersection Closure: Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd (Salem Twp)

WHEN: Starting Monday, June 13, 2022

WHERE: Intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd in Salem Township

WHY: Roundabout construction

BACKGROUND: On Monday, June 13, 2022, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) will close the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd in Salem Township to construct a single-lane roundabout.

The intersection is expected to be closed for approximately 15 weeks. However, all dates are tentative and subject to change due to weather conditions.

Access to homes and businesses located near the intersection will be maintained throughout construction but no traffic will be able to traverse the intersection during construction.

DETOUR: Click here for the detour map

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Nate Murphy, project manager, (734) 327-6647, or via email at murphyn@wcroads.org.

ISSUE DATE: 06/09/22

June 8, 2022 Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd Roundabout: Starting June 13!

It’s nearly time! Roundabout construction is expected to begin at the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd in Salem Township on Monday, June 13. The intersection will be closed for approximately 15 weeks as we construct a single-lane roundabout. A detour will be posted, click here for the map.

We will share a lot more information about this project in tomorrow’s virtual construction information meeting. Click here for more details on the meeting.

Utility relocations are ongoing. Our contractor plans to mow along the intersection this weekend in preparation for the closure on Monday.

Questions? Please join us tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. for our virtual meeting or contact Nate Murphy, project manager, (734) 327-6647, murphyn@wcroads.org.

May 11, 2022 Virtual Public Meeting: Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd (Salem Twp)

PROJECT: Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd Roundabout

WHEN: Thursday, June 9, 2022, at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Online: https://bit.ly/wcrcprojectmeeting

By Touchtone Phone: (929) 205-6099, Meeting ID: 879 2332 8754

WHY: The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) will hold a virtual project information meeting regarding the planned single-lane roundabout to be constructed at the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd in Salem Township this summer.

During construction, the intersection will be closed to ALL traffic.  Access to businesses located near the intersection will be maintained for the duration of the project, but traffic will not be permitted to travel through the intersection.

Construction is expected to begin after school ends in mid-June 2022. WCRC estimates it will take approximately 12 – 14 weeks to complete the project, weather pending.

The virtual public meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. There will be a brief presentation followed by time for questions from the audience. A recording of the meeting will be posted to the project web page after the meeting.

Click here to learn more about joining the virtual meeting.

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact Nate Murphy, project manager, (734) 327-6647, murphyn@wcroads.org.

WCRC will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services, such as signers for the hearing impaired and audiotapes or printed material being presented at the meeting, to individuals with disabilities upon a 5-business day notice. Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact Emily Kizer, communications manager, by phone (734) 327-6646 or by email kizere@wcroads.org.

ISSUE DATE: 05/11/2022

April 5, 2022 Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd Roundabout: Tree Removals Complete!

Spring is officially here (despite the snowflakes yesterday) and we have already made a lot of progress at the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd in Salem Township. Last week, our tree contractor completed felling all the trees. This week, they will be onsite grinding/removing stumps.

Utility relocation is also ongoing. A contractor for DTE will be out over the next few weeks installing new utility poles. This work will be conducted under intermittent lane restrictions. Please slow down and give all construction crews plenty of space to work.

We are hoping to start roundabout construction this summer. We should have more details in the coming weeks and we will hold a construction information meeting prior to the closure.

Questions? Contact Nate Murphy, project manager, (734) 327-6647, murphyn@wcroads.org.

March 2, 2022 Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd Roundabout: Tree Removals to Begin

It is starting to feel a little like spring and which means the construction season is right around the corner.

Later next week, our tree contractor will begin removing approximately 200 trees of various sizes near the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd in Salem Township. These trees are being removed in preparation for a single-lane roundabout that will be constructed this year. We plan to have all trees felled by March 31, 2022.

The intersection will remain open to traffic while the tree contractor is working but there may be intermittent lane closures.

Questions? Contact Nate Murphy, project manager, (734) 327-6647, murphyn@wcroads.org.

February 1, 2022 Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd: Tree Removals to Begin Soon

We plan to construct a single-lane roundabout at the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd in Salem Township this summer.

We have a lot of prep work to do prior to road construction, including some this winter. Over the next two months, our contractor will remove approximately 200 trees of various sizes within the project area. These trees are being removed to make room for the new alignment of the intersection and to allow for the required road drainage improvements. We plan to have all tree removals completed by March 31, 2022. Individual property owners impacted by this work have already been contacted by our staff.

In addition, various utility relocations will take place this winter and spring, prior to road construction. These relocations will interrupt traffic intermittently. We will send out advisories ahead of any lane closures or traffic restrictions.

Construction of the roundabout is expected to begin in the summer. WCRC estimates it will take approximately 10 to 12 weeks to build the roundabout, weather pending. Once roundabout construction begins this summer, the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd will be closed to ALL traffic and a detour will be posted. Our contractor will maintain access only for residents and property owners who live, rent or own property within the project limits during construction.

We will host a virtual construction information meeting this spring to provide additional information.

Questions? Contact Nate Murphy, project manager, (734) 327-6647, murphyn@wcroads.org.

May 25, 2021 Virtual Public Meeting: Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd (Salem Twp)

PROJECT: Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd Roundabout

WHEN: Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Online: https://bit.ly/wcrcprojectmeeting

By Touchtone Phone: (929) 205-6099, Meeting ID: 879 2332 8754

WHY: The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) will hold a virtual project information meeting regarding planned roundabout construction at the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd in 2022.

During construction, the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd will be closed to ALL traffic and a detour will be posted. The contractor will maintain access only for residents and property owners who live, rent or own property within the project limits during construction.

The virtual public meeting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at 11 a.m. There will be a brief presentation followed by time for questions from the audience. A recording of the meeting will be posted to the project web page after the meeting.

Click here to learn more about joining the virtual meeting.

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact Mark McCulloch, senior project manager, (734) 327-6679, mccullochm@wcroads.org.

WCRC will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services, such as signers for the hearing impaired and audiotapes or printed material being presented at the meeting, to individuals with disabilities upon a 5-business day notice. Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact Emily Kizer, communications manager, by phone (734) 327-6646 or by email kizere@wcroads.org.

ISSUE DATE: 05/25/2021

May 11, 2021 Project Announcement: Intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd (Salem Twp)

The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) is pleased to announce it will build a roundabout at the intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd in Salem Township during the 2022 Construction Season.

What will the improvement look like?

WCRC is planning to build a single-lane roundabout at this intersection. This is an optimal solution because a roundabout can safely move greater volumes of traffic, including tractor trailers, through an intersection more efficiently and with less congestion than a traditional intersection at lower speeds.

For reference, this roundabout will be slightly larger in size than the roundabout at the intersection of Pontiac Tr and 7 Mile Rd Mile.

Why this intersection?

WCRC monitors numerous intersections across the county for traffic volumes and safety. The intersection of Pontiac Tr and N. Territorial Rd currently has a higher traffic volume than what is recommended for the existing design. In addition, traffic volumes are expected to increase as the neighboring communities continue to grow.

A roundabout is the ideal solution to help safely handle current and future traffic volumes at this intersection, address capacity needs while reducing emissions from idling vehicles.

When will this project be completed?

Construction is expected to begin in the summer 2022. WCRC estimates it will take approximately 8 weeks to build the roundabout, weather pending. During this time, the intersection will be completely closed to traffic and a detour will be posted.

How can I get more information?

WCRC will hold a virtual public information meeting about this project on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 11 a.m. via Zoom. In addition, click here to visit WCRC’s project page to subscribe to project update emails.

For specific questions on this project, contact Mark McCulloch, senior project manager, mccullochm@wcroads.org, (734) 327-6679.