Washtenaw Avenue

Final ReImagine Washtenaw Report Released

May 8, 2014
ReImagine Washtenaw
washtenawavenue.org

The final ReImagine Washtenaw Report outlines changes designed to make the five-mile stretch of Washtenaw Avenue between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti more transit-centered and bike and pedestrian friendly.

The plan calls for improvements such as large center medians and buffered bike lanes. 

Communities along the corridor are expected to soon begin making some of the smaller changes outlined in the plan, like connecting sections of sidewalk that currently have gaps between them.

Bob Eccles

The right and center lanes of eastbound Washtenaw Avenue should re-open sometime Friday, as repairs are made to a sinkhole caused by failure of a storm water line.

The city of Ypsilanti assisted M-DOT with the repairs Tuesday.  M-DOT says concrete will be poured Wednesday, and the road should be back to three lanes of traffic on Friday.

Garden Ridge Ready To Move Into Kmart Building

Apr 9, 2014
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The Kmart store on Washtenaw Avenue in Ypsilanti Township may be closing, but the building won't be empty for long. 

Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo says Plano, Texas-based home decor chain Garden Ridge is ready to move in.

"The fact that someone came in and asked for a sign permit is a good sign, no pun intended," Stumbo says. "We look forward to this new company coming in, hopefully it will be very successful and will hire the people from Kmart to work there."

Affordable housing will likely be included in the redevelopment of Washtenaw County's old Juvenile Center on Platt Road.  

Weather Delays Washtenaw Avenue Repairs

Jan 17, 2014

It's going to take a little longer to get the center turn lane and eastbound lanes of Washtenaw Avenue open again in Ypsilanti. 

Crews working to repair damage caused by last weekend's broken water main were hoping to have the road completely re-opened by today, but the weather is pushing that back to Saturday afternoon. 

The Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority has been working to fill in voids below the pavement caused by water that gushed from the main. 

Washtenaw Avenue Partially Re-Opened in Ypsilanti

Jan 15, 2014

Two-way traffic is now flowing along the westbound lanes of Washtenaw Avenue between Mansfield and Hewitt, where crews are working to repair damage from a weekend water main break. 

Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority Director Jeff Castro says our recent frigid weather was to blame for the problem.

He says the bitter cold pushed frost deeper under the roadway, causing the break.

A weekend water main break will cause a stretch of Washtenaw Avenue in Ypsilanti to remain closed until late Wednesday or early Thursday.

That's according to Mark Sweeney, MDOT's manager for the Washtenaw area.  

Sweeney says the pipe broke Sunday morning, and the force of the escaping water lifted the roadway off its foundation. He says engineers now have to make sure any "voids" created by the water under the road surface are repaired before Washtenaw Avenue can re-open. 

Those who ran the first-ever Ann Arbor Marathon last year, can expect some changes this year. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports,  there will be some route changes aimed at making it easier for motorists to get around town during the Sunday races.

ReImagine Washtenaw Holds Public Workshops

May 28, 2013
washtenawavenue.org

ReImagine Washtenaw is holding a series of public workshops.  WEMU's Bob Eccles interviewed project manager Nathan Voght.