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:
Utility Relocations: Winter/Spring 2022 Roundabout construction: Mid-June through September

Description of work:
Roundabout

Impact on Traffic:
Tree removals: Intermittent lane closures, Roundabout construction: Intersection will be closed to all traffic during roundabout construction.

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

Latest Updates

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.