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Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Road Roundabout

Location of roadwork:
Intersection of Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Road

Township:
Salem

When is the work being done:
Road reopened on 8/11

Description of work:
Roundabout

Impact on Traffic:
Intersection will be closed to all traffic during the project. A detour will be posted.

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

Latest Updates

August 24, 2020 Pontiac Tr and 7 Mile Rd: Final Update

The new roundabout at the intersection of Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Rd in Salem Township has been open for a few weeks already and seems to be operating smoothly! Check out this photo that our drone captured last week:

drone photo of the new Pontiac Tr roundaboutThanks for your patience during this project!

August 11, 2020 Road Reopened: Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Road (Salem Twp)

WHEN: Tuesday, August 11, 2020

WHERE: Intersection of Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Road in Salem Township

WHY: Completion of roundabout project

BACKGROUND: On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) re-opened the intersection of Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Road in Salem Township after completing the construction of a single-lane roundabout.

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

ISSUE DATE: 08/11/20

July 28, 2020 Pontiac Tr and 7 Mile Rd: Let’s Get Paving

Our contractors began paving the new roundabout yesterday at the intersection of Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Road in Salem Township. They will be placing the first and second layers of asphalt this week if the weather continues to cooperate.

The intersection remains closed to all traffic and a detour is posted. Access to the Corner General Store is being provided from the east.

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

photo of paver on new roundabout

Paving has begun at the intersection of Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Road in Salem Township.

July 21, 2020 Pontiac Tr and 7 Mile Rd: Prepping for Pavement

Thanks to a relatively dry but hot weather window, our contractor continues to make great progress on the roundabout at the intersection of Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Road in Salem Township. The concrete curb and gutter were poured last week. Once the concrete cures, they will pour concrete inside the center island and splitter islands. Our contractor is also grading the area in preparation for asphalt paving.

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

contractors grading roundabout

Our contractors have started grading in preparation for asphalt.

July 1, 2020 Pontiac Tr and 7 Mile Rd: Making the Grade

We continue to make steady progress on the roundabout project at the intersection of Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Road in Salem Township. Our contractor has completed the storm sewer work and is now grading the area in preparation for curb and gutter. We are hoping to place the concrete curb in the next couple of weeks.

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

Grading on Pontiac Trail

We are grading the area in preparation for curb and gutter.

June 18, 2020 Pontiac Tr and 7 Mile Rd: Storming Along

One week into the closure and our contractor is making good progress at the intersection of Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Road in Salem Township. The flashing overhead signal has been removed and work on the new storm sewer system is well underway.

As a reminder, the intersection is closed to all traffic and a detour is posted. Access to the Corner General Store is being provided from the east.

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

Storm sewer construction

Work on the storm sewer is well underway at the intersection of Pontiac Tr and 7 Mile Rd.

June 4, 2020 Intersection Closure: Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Road (Salem Twp)

WHEN: Starting Wednesday, June 10, 2020

WHERE: Intersection of Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Road in Salem Township

WHY: Roundabout construction

BACKGROUND: On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, the Washtenaw County Road Commission and its contractor will close the intersection of Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Rd in Salem Township to construct a single-lane roundabout.

The intersection project is expected to be completed in mid-August.  However, all dates are tentative and subject to change due to weather conditions.

DETOUR: Click here for the detour map

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

ISSUE DATE: 06/04/20

June 3, 2020 Pontiac Tr and 7 Mile Rd: Closure to Begin June 10

As of right now, construction of a single-lane roundabout at the intersection of Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Road in Salem Township is set to begin next week. Starting Wednesday, June 10, 2020, the intersection will be closed to traffic. Access to the Corner General Store will be provided from the east. Click here for the posted detour map. 

Message boards will be posted near the intersection in the next few days to warn drivers of the upcoming closure. The start date could change due to weather or other scheduling conflicts. If that happens, the message boards and the project web page will be updated.

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

April 27, 2020 Virtual Meeting: May 20 Pontiac Tr and 7 Mile Rd Roundabout (Salem Twp)

WHAT: Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Road Roundabout Project Virtual Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Online: https://bit.ly/wcrcprojectmeeting or By touchtone Phone: (929) 205-6099, Meeting ID: 879 2332 8754

WHY: The Washtenaw County Road Commission will hold a virtual construction information meeting to discuss the Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Road Roundabout Project scheduled to begin in June.

The virtual meeting will be held through Zoom on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 10 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 www.wcroads.org after the meeting ends.

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: 04/27/2020

February 3, 2020 Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Road: Tree Removals and Utility Work To Begin

In the coming weeks, our contractors will begin the required tree removals and utility relocations at the intersection of Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Road in Salem Township. This work is in preparation for the roundabout to be constructed this summer at this intersection. WCRC plans to remove approximately four trees for this project. All tree removals will be completed by March 31.

The intersection will remain open to traffic during this prep work but there may be some lane restrictions.

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

September 23, 2019 Construction Info Meeting: Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Rd

WHAT: Construction information meeting for the 2020 roundabout project at Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Road

WHEN: Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Salem Township Hall, 9600 6 Mile Road, Salem

WHY: The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) will hold a construction information meeting about the intersection improvement project planned for 2020 at Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Road in Salem Township. The meeting will be held at the Salem Township Hall, 9600 6 Mile Road, on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m..

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

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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: 09/23/2019

April 5, 2019 Project Announcement: Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Rd

The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) is excited to announce a project planned for the 2020 construction season at the intersection of Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Road in Salem Township.

What will the improvement look like? WCRC is planning to build a roundabout at this intersection. A roundabout is the ideal solution because it can move traffic through an intersection more efficiently and with less congestion than a traditional intersection. Roundabouts are also one of the safest options available and they are typically more cost-effective than a traditional signal.

Why this intersection? WCRC monitors numerous intersections across the county for congestion and safety. The Pontiac Trail and 7 Mile Road intersection is one of the most congested county intersections in Washtenaw County and a roundabout is the ideal solution to help alleviate this congestion during peak hours.

When will this project be completed? Construction is expected to occur in 2020. It is estimated WCRC will take 6 – 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 public information meeting about this project this summer. WCRC will also post project updates online at www.wcroads.org and on its Facebook and Twitter pages.

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