US-12 Improvements

image showing the final design of the US-12 and M-17 project

Location of roadwork:
US-12 between I-94 and Wiard Road and M-17 between Harris Rd and Dorset Ave

Township:
Ypsilanti

When is the work being done:
May - end of October 2021

Description of work:
Road Reconstruction, Roadside Safety Improvements

Impact on Traffic:
Intermittent road and lane closures

Funding Source(s):
Michigan Department of Transportation

Latest Updates

October 20, 2021 US-12 and M-17: Paving the Way

It has been another productive few weeks on the US-12 and M-17 Improvement project in Ypsilanti Township.

The contractor started paving the newly aligned Ecorse Rd and Ford Blvd intersection last week. This paving work continues and so does sidewalk placement throughout the project area. Restoration of grass and other natural features is also well underway.

We are getting close to the finish line on this project and appreciate your patience. If the weather continues to cooperate, the contractor hopes to reopen the newly aligned Ecorse Rd soon. Once this has reopened, the contractor will finish the remaining work under lane closures.

Questions about this project?  Contact Thomas Bachmayer, OHM project engineer, (734) 466-4422, thomas.bachmayer@ohm-advisors.com.

equipment pouring concrete sidewalk on Ecorse Rd

Sidewalk being poured along the newly aligned Ecorse Rd.

Paving equipment on Ecorse Rd

Paving on Ecorse Rd last week.

September 27, 2021 US-12 and M-17: Traffic Shift Coming Soon

There continues to be a lot of progress on the US-12 and M-17 Improvement Project in Ypsilanti Township. Despite the rain last week, the contractor was able to place gravel shoulders along EB US-12 and prepare for more turf restoration. This week, they plan to place more gravel shoulders and continue to pour concrete for sidewalks. In addition, they will pave parts of M-17 (Ecorse Rd).

With all the progress over the last few weeks, it is time to shift traffic for the final stage of construction. We expect traffic to be shifted starting as soon as tomorrow. Click here for a map of the new traffic plan.

We are still on track to have most of the work wrapped up by the end of October as long as the weather continues to cooperate.

Questions about this project?  Contact Thomas Bachmayer, OHM project engineer, (734) 466-4422, thomas.bachmayer@ohm-advisors.com.

gravel shoulder placement on US-12

Gravel shoulders were placed on US-12 last week and that work will continue this week as well.

September 15, 2021 US-12 and M-17: Taking Shape

Things are really taking shape on the US-12 and M-17 Improvement Project in Ypsilanti Township. Paving of the median crossovers and road shoulders is well underway and will continue this week. The contractor will start pouring concrete for sidewalks soon. Prep work for the traffic and pedestrian signals continues as well. The contractor has also started some of the surface restoration, including planting grass seed under straw blankets.

We are still on track to have most of the work wrapped up by the end of October as long as the weather continues to cooperate.

Please slow down when going through any work zone. Click here for the detour map. We expect a few more weeks of the current traffic pattern before traffic will be shifted into a new configuration for the final stages of construction.

Questions about this project?  Contact Thomas Bachmayer, OHM project engineer, (734) 466-4422, thomas.bachmayer@ohm-advisors.com.

 The view of WB US-12 from the new pedestrian corridor location.

 The view of WB US-12 from the new pedestrian corridor location.

View of the grass seed and straw blankets placed along WB US-12.

View of the grass seed and straw blankets placed along WB US-12. There’s still a lot of planting to do.

photo of paving on US12 and M17 crossover

Paving crew on one of the new US-12 median crossovers.

September 1, 2021 US-12 and M-17: Let’s Get This Paving Started!

Hard to believe it but September is already here! August was a very productive month on the US-12 and M-17 Improvement Project in Ypsilanti Township. Grading continues throughout the project. The contractor began prepping for sidewalks last week. They are hoping to start pouring sidewalk concrete, as well as paving the median crossovers and road shoulders with asphalt, later this week, if the weather cooperates.

Signal work is also progressing nicely, the foundations for mast poles will be installed this week and a new control cabinet was placed at the new Dorset Ave intersection last week.

We appreciate everyone’s patience with this project. Please slow down when going through any work zone. Click here for the detour map.

Questions about this project?  Contact Thomas Bachmayer, OHM project engineer, (734) 466-4422, thomas.bachmayer@ohm-advisors.com.

photo of equipment preparing for sidewalk

Sidewalk grading began last week on the US-12 and M-17 Improvement Project

photo of new signal control cabinet

A new traffic signal control cabinet was installed last week.

August 3, 2021 US-12 and M-17 Improvements: Curbs In!

The contractors on the US-12 and M-17 Improvement Project in Ypsilanti Township continue to make good progress. They recently finished placing curb along the new Ecorse Rd footprint (see photo below) and they are continuing pavement removals and earthwork throughout the project area.

Please slow down when going through any work zone. Click here for the detour map.

Questions about this project?  Contact Thomas Bachmayer, OHM project engineer, (734) 466-4422, thomas.bachmayer@ohm-advisors.com.

photo of new curb placed on Ecorse Rd

The contractor recently finished placing curb on Ecorse Rd.

photo of new shoulder sub base on US-12

The contractor also continues work to prepare the new shoulder and turn lanes for paving.

July 19, 2021 US-12 and M-17 Improvements: Public Meeting on Thursday

WHAT: US-12 & M-17 Improvements Project Meeting

WHEN: Thursday, July 22, 2021, at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Ypsilanti Township Tilden R. Stumbo Civic Center
7200 S. Huron River Dr, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

WHY: State Representative Ronnie Peterson, Ypsilanti Township, the Michigan Department of Transportation, the Washtenaw County Road Commission and OHM Advisors invites the public to a project information and status update meeting for the on-going US-12 & M-17 Improvements Project in Ypsilanti Township.

This meeting is a follow-up to the Virtual Public Meeting held on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Click here to view a recording of that meeting.

Improvements are funded by an $8 million budget allocation obtained by Rep. Peterson’s office and Ypsilanti Township for MDOT State trunkline improvements.

Major construction started in June 2021. Anticipated completion for the project is Fall 2021.

CONTACT: Thomas Bachmayer, OHM Advisors, Project Engineer, (734) 466-4422, thomas.bachmayer@ohm-advisors.com

ISSUE DATE: 07/19/2021

June 29, 2021 US-12 and M-17: Utility Work Continues

The contractor on the US-12 and M-17 Improvement Project in Ypsilanti Township is making steady progress. Work on the new storm sewer system will continue this week and so will DTE’s gas line relocation work.

In addition, the contractor will continue the earthwork and will begin to remove asphalt along EB and WB US-12.

Additional signage has been added to the work zone to help motorists navigate the area. OHM, the project consultant, will continue to monitor and make adjustments to the temporary signage as needed. Please slow down when going through any work zone. Click here for the detour map.

Questions about this project?  Contact Thomas Bachmayer, OHM project engineer, (734) 466-4422, thomas.bachmayer@ohm-advisors.com.

photo of earth work on US-12 project

The contractor is making progress on the earthwork along US-12, east of Dorset Ave.

photo of storm sewer installation on US-12

Storm sewer work also continues on US-12 and M-17

 

June 16, 2021 US-12 and M-17: Moving Earth and Removing Bridges

Two weeks into construction and big things are happening on the US-12 and M-17 Improvement Project in Ypsilanti Township. The contractors for this project have torn down the fly-over bridge and are working to remove the bridge debris. They are also working on some earth work in the project area.

The new traffic pattern started on Monday, June 14 and will be in place for approximately 2 months. It includes lane closures on EB and WB US-12, EB M-17 and Ford Rd. Click here for the detour map.

Questions about this project?  Contact Thomas Bachmayer, OHM project engineer, (734) 466-4422, thomas.bachmayer@ohm-advisors.com.

photo of bridge being removed on US-12 Project

The project contractor removing the fly over bridge on US-12 last week.

June 3, 2021 US-12 and M-17 Improvements: Construction Info Meeting Follow-up

Thank you to those who were able to join OHM yesterday for a virtual construction information meeting regarding the US-12 and M-17 Improvement Project. Click here to watch a recording of last night’s meeting.

Starting this Monday, June 7, the contractor for this project will begin removing the fly-over bridge from Ecorse Rd to eastbound US-12. To keep motorists safe during the removal, they will close a portion of westbound US-12 that travels under the bridge and a detour will be posted.  The closure is expected to last approximately 2 weeks.

Click here for the detour map.

Questions about this project?  Contact Thomas Bachmayer, OHM project engineer, (734) 466-4422, thomas.bachmayer@ohm-advisors.com.

May 26, 2021 US-12 and M-17 Improvements: Bye Bye Bridge

Things are about to really get started on the US-12 and M-17 Improvement Project in Ypsilanti Township. Starting Monday, June 7, the contractor for this project will begin removing the fly-over bridge from Ecorse Rd to eastbound US-12. To keep motorists safe during the removal, they will close a portion of westbound US-12 that travels under the bridge and a detour will be posted.  The closure is expected to last approximately 2 weeks.

Click here for the detour map.

Questions about this project? Join OHM Advisors on Wednesday, June 2 at 7 p.m. for a virtual construction information meeting. This meeting will be held via Zoom. Click here to learn more about the virtual meeting.  Questions about the project can also be directed to Thomas Bachmayer, OHM project engineer, (734) 466-4422, thomas.bachmayer@ohm-advisors.com.

map showing the detour for Phase 1 of the US-12 project

May 24, 2021 Virtual Public Meeting: US-12 Improvements (Ypsilanti Twp)

WHAT: US-12 & M-17 Improvements Project Virtual Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Online: https://ohmadvisors.zoom.us/j/94760048259?pwd=alk5Z1hjY01iZlcvc3dmeVJaSGZBdz09, Password: 258998
By Touchtone Phone: 301-715-8592, Meeting ID: 947 6004 8259

WHY: OHM Advisors will hold a virtual project information meeting to discuss the US-12 & M-17 Improvements Project that will take place this summer in Ypsilanti Township.

During this work, three separate stages for construction will take place and will affect Eastbound and Westbound traffic on US-12, Ecorse Rd, Michigan Ave, and traffic entering I-94 from US-12.

The virtual public meeting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 7 p.m. There will be a brief presentation followed by time for questions from the audience. A recording of the meeting will be posted to wcroads.org after the meeting ends.

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact Thomas Bachmayer, OHM project engineer, (734) 466-4422, thomas.bachmayer@ohm-advisors.com.

OHM 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 Thomas Bachmayer, Project Engineer, (734) 466-4422, thomas.bachmayer@ohm-advisors.com.

ISSUE DATE: 5/21/2021

August 21, 2020 US-12 Improvements: Project Concept

After seeking additional public feedback over the summer of 2020, MDOT is currently reviewing the project concept. Click here to see the latest concept. 

December 18, 2019 Public Meeting #2 Summary

Meeting Summary: On Monday, December 16, 2019, State Representative Ronnie Peterson, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Ypsilanti Township and the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) hosted the second public meeting to discuss the plan for improving US-12 and M-17 (Ecorse Road) in Ypsilanti Township. Approximately 45 people attended this meeting at the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church on Tyler Road. Staff from WCRC presented the plan for this project. Click here for the slides presented.

This project focuses on three goals:

  1. Improving safety for drivers and pedestrians
  2. Improving access to the West Willow Neighborhood
  3. Beautifying the US-12 corridor
The plan (see below) proposes a number of improvements, including but not limited to:
  • Street lighting from I-94 to the county line
  • Landscaping, beautification and improved signage
  • Different access to the West Willow Neighborhood
  • A narrower boulevard off I-94 to the intersection of M-17 and US-12
  • Simplified intersection of M-17 and US-12
  • Improved pedestrian crossing from the West Willow Neighborhood to the intersection of M-17 and Ford Blvd.
  • Removal of bridge and ramp access to US-12 to help make the US-12 feel less like a highway
The plan was created based on feedback from the community through a stakeholder brainstorming session, public meeting on October 29, and online comments; in addition to analysis of traffic models, budget projections and engineering judgment. The plan is a modified version of Option B: Boulevard with Traffic Signals presented to the public on October 29.
The project team heard additional feedback from residents at the December 16 meeting and is investigating these requests. Example requests include a traffic signal at the revised US-12 and Dorset Ave intersection, maintaining the Gates Ave approach on US-12, and improved pedestrian facilities on Service Drive. Another public meeting will be held in the summer of 2020 prior to the start of road construction.

Project Background: State Representative Ronnie Peterson, MDOT, Ypsilanti Township and WCRC have partnered to make improvements to the US-12 corridor between I-94 and Wiard Road, near the West Willow neighborhood and the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti Township. Rep. Peterson and Ypsilanti Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo worked with MDOT to receive $8 million dollars for this project, with the goal of improving driver and pedestrian safety along this important corridor in eastern Ypsilanti Township.

The funding comes from the MDOT’s budget and must be spent on MDOT roads in this area. MDOT has partnered with Ypsilanti Township and WCRC to administer the project.

Project Timeline: The next step is to design the project, including roadway and drainage design, street lighting design with DTE, landscaping design with stakeholder input and utility coordination. The design phase is expected to last until spring 2020.

Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2020 with completion in the spring/summer of 2021.

Contact us: If you have any questions concerning this meeting, please contact Michele Ford, project manager, (734) 327-6652, fordm@wcroads.org.

November 22, 2019 Public Meeting #2 Notice: US-12 Improvements

WHAT: Review planned improvements to US-12 and M-17 in Ypsilanti Township

WHEN: Monday, December 16, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church, 2345 Tyler Rd, Ypsilanti

WHY: Representative Ronnie Peterson, Ypsilanti Township, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC), and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) invites the public to the 2nd public meeting regarding improvements planned on US-12 (Michigan Avenue) and M-17 (Ecorse Road) in Ypsilanti Township.

The meeting will be held on Monday, December 16, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church. There will be a presentation outlining the selected design and staff will be available to answer questions about the project.

Improvements will be funded by an $8 million budget allocation from MDOT and construction is expected to begin in 2020.

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this meeting, please contact Michele Ford, project manager, (734) 327-6652, fordm@wcroads.org. To learn more about the project and public meeting #1, visit: www.wcroads.org/wcrc-project/us-12-improvements/

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: 11/22/2019

October 30, 2019 Public Meeting #1 Summary
Meeting Summary: On Tuesday, October 29, 2019, State Representative Ronnie Peterson, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Ypsilanti Township and the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) hosted a public meeting to discuss options for improving US-12 and M-17 (Ecorse Road) in Ypsilanti Township. Approximately 50 people attended this meeting at the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church on Tyler Road. OHM, project consultants, presented the three design options that attendees provided feedback on. These design options focused on ways to…
  • Improve pedestrian safety
  • Improve vehicle safety
  • “Right-size” the infrastructure to current and future uses
The designs were created based on feedback from an October 4 brainstorming session with the project stakeholder group (made up of community leaders, WCRC staff, MDOT staff and Ypsilanti Township officials). No matter which design is ultimately chosen, each will include improved street lighting and signage. Online comments were accepted from October 30 – November 8.
Click on the images below for a bigger version of each design

 

Option A:

5-Lane Road with Traffic Signals

Option B:

Boulevard with Traffic Signals

Option C:

Boulevard with Roundabouts

Project Background: State Representative Ronnie Peterson, MDOT, Ypsilanti Township and WCRC have partnered to make improvements to the US-12 corridor between I-94 and Wiard Road, near the West Willow neighborhood and the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti Township. Rep. Peterson and Ypsilanti Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo worked with MDOT to receive $8  million dollars for this project, with the goal of improving driver and pedestrian safety along this important corridor in eastern Ypsilanti Township.

The funding comes from the MDOT’s budget and must be spent on MDOT roads in this area. MDOT has partnered with Ypsilanti Township and WCRC to administer the project.

Project Timeline: OHM is currently working on compiling data and feedback from the October 29 meeting. Over the next month, they will conduct operation analysis and preliminary cost estimates for the three design alternatives. A final recommendation will be made and Public Meeting #2 will be held in December.

Construction is expected in 2020.

Contact us: If you have any questions concerning this meeting, please contact Michele Ford, project manager, (734) 327-6652, fordm@wcroads.org.

October 10, 2019 Public Meeting Notice: US-12 Improvements

WHAT: Review proposed improvements to US-12 and M-17 in Ypsilanti Township

WHEN: Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church, 2345 Tyler Rd, Ypsilanti

WHY: Representative Ronnie Peterson, Ypsilanti Township, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC), and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) invites the public to provide feedback at a public meeting on proposed improvements to US-12 (Michigan Avenue) and M-17 (Ecorse Road) in Ypsilanti Township.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church. There will be a brief survey and a presentation showing three options for improving pedestrian and vehicle safety along US-12 and M-17 in Ypsilanti Township.

Improvements will be funded by a $8 million budget allocation from MDOT and construction is expected to begin in 2020.

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this meeting, please contact Michele Ford, project manager, (734) 327-6652, fordm@wcroads.org.

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: 10/10/2019

July 9, 2019 Project Announcement: US-12 Corridor near West Willow (Ypsilanti Twp)

Peterson Announces Driver, Pedestrian Safety Grant

$8 million granted to US-12 corridor near West Willow Neighborhood to alleviate safety concerns

From the Michigan House Democrats’ Website

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP — State Rep. Ronnie Peterson (D-Ypsilanti) is pleased to announce a one-time, $8 million Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) budget allocation to improve the US-12 corridor between I-94 and Wiard Road, near the West Willow neighborhood and the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti Township. Rep. Peterson and Ypsilanti Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo worked with MDOT to receive these dollars with the goal of improving driver and pedestrian safety along this important corridor in eastern Ypsilanti Township.

“This particular corridor has been a point of concern for the families of the West Willow neighborhood in Ypsilanti Township for several years,” said Rep. Peterson. “I’m glad that we were able to bring state and local officials together to tackle this issue directly in order to ensure both our drivers and pedestrians stay safe.”

The funding comes from the Michigan Department of Transportation’s budget and must be spent on MDOT roads in this area. MDOT has partnered with Ypsilanti Township and the Washtenaw County Road Commission to administer the project. The community will be included in the planning process through community meetings later this summer and fall; construction of a preferred alternative is expected to begin next year.

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Issue date: 07/03/2019