Stage 1 of the Ann Arbor-Saline Road improvement project will get underway two weeks from today. The Washtenaw County Road Commission will complete the project in three phases. In the first phase, the southbound lanes of Ann Arbor-Saline Road will be closed between Eisenhower Parkway and the I-94 exit ramp. The detours for this phase of the project will be as such:
Motorists will be directed to use Main Street, Eisenhower Parkway, State Street, Ellsworth Road, Lohr Road and Oak Valley Drive.
During the first phase, the Waters road approach to Ann Arbor-Saline Road will be closed, and motorists will be directed to use Oak Valley Drive. Additionally, the Brookfield Drive approach to the intersection of Ann Arbor-Saline Road will also be closed, and drivers will be directed to Northbrook Drive.
Ultimately, the project will include the reconstruction and rehabilitation of existing pavement on Ann Arbor-Saline Road, between Oak Valley Drive and Eisenhower Parkway. Pedestrian improvements on the East side of the road will include a bridge over I-94.
Cyclists will benefit as well, as bike lanes will be constructed on both sides of the roadway between Lohr road and Eisenhower Parkway.
Originally, the project was to be fully completed prior to the start of the University of Michigan football season, but adverse weather has delayed the start of the project and that deadline may be in jeopardy.