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Traffic calming and traffic enforcement
The City Council authorized funds for police overtime – so the police would be better able to focus on traffic enforcement. As the weather warmed up, I heard from many people commending the police for their efforts. I commend them, as well. Enforcing traffic speeds and traffic laws isn’t always pleasant (the police are frequently abused by drivers angry at the ticket) but it results in a much safer community. One of our neighbors on Pontiac Trail has been very happy with the results – and shared that happiness with me and the City.
Residents on Seventh Street and several adjacent streets have been asking for enforcement for some time. One creative way for the request: this officer interacts with neighborhood children. (Thanks for the link, Kevin Leeser!)
The old joke about there being two seasons in Ann Arbor – winter and road construction – is certainly proving to be the case this year. Road construction continues into the fall - and so does the difficulty getting around town.
As a reminder, though, several of the inconvenient (and badly needed) projects are not part of the City’s reconstruction project – Carpenter Rd. is not in Ann Arbor; Ann Arbor Saline is being done by the Washtenaw County Road Commission and Jackson is being done by the State of Michigan. Here’s a list of the Ann Arbor projects:
Sections of W. Madison will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, May 5 and Tuesday May 6 for crews to complete water service line repairs.
- Monday, W. Madison will be closed between Sixth and Fourth with traffic detoured to Jefferson to Fourth and back to Madison.
- Tuesday, W. Madison will be closed between Third and Second with traffic detoured to Third to Jefferson to Second and back to Madison.
Temporary Traffic Control Plan for W. Washington from First Street to Fourth Avenue beginning Monday, April, 21 until June 6, 2014.
During the daytime work hours, traffic will be maintained with the use of flaggers and/or block-by-block detours. Traffic will be restored to two-way each evening. Toward the end of the project, there will be two separate days of paving. During paving days, W. Washington will be closed and vehicles will be detoured using Liberty and/or Huron.
- Parking will be restricted (with meter bags) intermittently as needed during the construction.
- Pedestrian traffic will be maintained on at least one side of the street during this project.
- To maintain the safety of all, please reduce speeds and drive cautiously through work zones.
- Newport (Sunset to south of Bird Road). Includes sidewalk construction from Sunset to Riverwood.
- Washington (First Avenue to Fourth Avenue)
- Fuller (Maiden Lane to Huron River bridge)
- Vinewood (Berkshire to Avon)
- St. Aubin (Platt to Creek)
- Northside Grill Alley (Broadway to end)
- Waldenwood (Penberton to Earhart– north half). Includes Sidewalk Gap.
- Woodbury (Stadium to Astor)
- Steeplechase (Wiltshire to Blaney)
- Linwood (Doty to Wildwood)
- Prairie Street (Briarcliff to Aurora)
- Burlington Court (Burlington to end)
Visit the Street Resurfacing webpage for more information related to the projects above.
- Pontiac Trail (M-14 to Skydale) – includes water main, storm, and sanitary work
- Stone School Road (I-94 to Ellsworth) – utility work to start mid-Summer.
- Nordman (Packard to Redwood) – includes water main and storm work
- Butternut (Cardinal to Springbrook) - includes water main and storm work
Road reconstruction and resurfacing, traffic calming and safe traffic speeds are all closely tied to pedestrian safety. As we talk about filling sidewalk gaps, improving crosswalks, and fixing streets, we have to keep in mind that the ultimate goal is a safer and better community for us all.