Ypsilanti Road Renovations
Now through 2023, the Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority (YCUA), the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), and the City are working together to improve the safety of our drinking water and our transportation system. This project will aﬀect traﬃc on Huron from I-94 to Cross; Hamilton from I-94 to Washtenaw; Washtenaw from W. Cross to Hamilton; and Michigan from Ballard to the Huron River.
YCUA is replacing and upgrading many of the underground water mains, including some of Ypsilanti’s oldest, most fragile pipes; they will also be replacing some water service leads and taking this opportunity to replace some sanitary sewer as well. This is being done both to remove older pipe materials in both systems and to improve the reliability of service. A public presentation was held by YCUA regarding this project on Wednesday, February 23rd. A video of the presentation that was made at this session is available online here.
MDOT will be simultaneously constructing a pedestrian pathway over I-94 by converting the westernmost southbound lane of Huron to a shared-use path; and also following YCUA’s work with a pavement maintenance and road diet project. In areas paved with asphalt the existing asphalt will be milled oﬀ and replaced; in areas paved with concrete damaged areas will be removed and re-poured. MDOT will also be adding and updating many pedestrian crosswalk ramps, including on Michigan Avenue downtown. Once the pavement work is complete, the roadways will be restriped with bike lanes, improved crosswalks, improved bus stop markings, and additional on-street parking. For more information about the road diet project, please visit here. The pavement project will improve and extend the life of the roadways; the road diet project will improve the safety of the roads for all users.
Michigan Avenue roadwork resumes on Thursday, October 12th, and Sunday, October 15th.
On Thursday, the contractor will pave at the Michigan/Adams and Michigan/Washington intersections. Michigan Avenue will be restricted to a single lane, and the meeting will be intermittently closed for our work.
Then, on Sunday, October 15th, Michigan Avenue will be closed to finish paving the road. Closure begins at 6 AM and is planned to open by later evening. Michigan will remain in one lane for final touches for the next week or two.
This weekend will be the final closure, weather permitting. If the weather doesn't allow on Sunday, October 15th, the contractor will move the date to the following Sunday, October 22nd.The Michigan Department of Transportation has updated the work schedule for the weekend of 10/6 and the days preceding.
Thursday, 10/5, 7am through 5pm: No parking on Michigan Avenue. Single-lane closures downtown from Hamilton to the Huron River on Michigan Avenue. Crossing Michigan Avenue from Huron, Washington, and Adams will be limited at times.
Friday, 10/6, 7am through 5pm: No parking on Michigan Avenue. Single-lane closures downtown from Hamilton to the Huron River on Michigan Avenue. Crossing Michigan Avenue from Huron, Washington, and Adams will be limited at times.
Friday, 10/6, 6pm through Saturday early morning: Michigan Avenue open. Parking on Michigan Avenue may be limited.
Saturday, 10/7, 5am through Monday, 7am: Michigan Avenue from Hamilton to the Huron River will be closed. Huron at Michigan Avenue will be closed to cross traffic.
Michigan Ave EB from Hamilton to Washington is now open. Michigan Ave will have intermittent closures at crossings (Washington, Adams, Hamiltion) for the next few weeks due to the contractor paving. Please beware of intermittent closures at all the intersections along Michigan while the contractor is wrapping up the current phase of Ypsi Road Renovations.
Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority
PUBLIC NOTICE July 17, 2023; As part of the ongoing dedication to provide top quality, cost-effective, and environmentally safe water and wastewater services to our customers, YCUA’s improvements to both existing water and wastewater utilities within the M-17 and US-12 corridors in the City of Ypsilanti is now substantially complete. With the underground construction essentially done, replacement of the curbs and pavement surfaces disturbed during the pipe work is underway. Michigan Avenue and those portions of the connecting side streets will be restored first and, weather permitting, should be completed within the next several weeks. Areas disturbed by the pipe work in the alleyways and parking lots north and south of Michigan Avenue will then be restored with that work anticipated to be complete by Labor Day.
Similar to the earlier phases of the project, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will follow YCUA’s construction into the Michigan Avenue corridor.
Every effort was made to minimize disruptions caused by the water and wastewater system improvements, all construction work invariably results in some inconveniences. Although there were a couple unplanned, emergency service disruptions and related adverse effects, there were much less of these types of events than expected. YCUA recognizes the stress the project put on the businesses and residents in the vicinity and sincerely thanks everyone for their patience and understanding as these important improvements were successfully completed.
The improvements were constructed for YCUA by DiPonio Contracting, Inc. (DiPonio), of Shelby Township, Michigan. OHM Advisors, Inc., of Livonia, Michigan administered the construction contract and provided full-time, on-site observation of the work by DiPonio on behalf of YCUA. If you have any questions regarding this project please call YCUA at (734) 484-4600 and ask for Scott Westover, Engineering Manager, at extension 220 or via electronic mail at email@example.com.
We're making progress installing new water services along Michigan Ave; only a few remain. Next week, there will be no work for the holiday on Monday and Tuesday, July 3rd and 4th.
On Wednesday, July 5th, the contractor plans to continue work in the North Adams Alley between Adams and Washington. This is an extremely tight work area, and the work is particularly challenging with lots of existing utilities causing underground congestion. Traditional excavation with an excavator is near impossible in this location. With help from YCUA, the contractor is using a soft dig excavation technique utilizing high pressure water and a vacuum truck to install the new water main. The aim is to complete this section next week.
On Thursday, July 6th, the existing water main will be shut off on Michigan Ave from Adams St Washington St to tie in the new water main onto the old water main, this should be the last tie in for this section. The water main will be shutdown from 9 AM to 5 PM. A precautionary boil water advisory will remain in effect. A notice for water shutdown will be delivered Wednesday. After samples are collected and a passing test is received, the public notice will be posted when the precautionary advisory is withdrawn. Below is a map of the affected area.
Over the next few days, the Contractor plans to be back on Michigan Ave to replace water services as we have completed the testing phase of the water main for the section along Michigan Ave between Adams and Washington.
On Monday June 26, the existing water main will be shut off on Michigan Ave from Adams St Washington St to tie in the new water main onto the old water main. The watermain will be shutdown from 9am to 5pm. A precautionary boil water advisory will remain in effect. A notice for water shut down will be delivered tomorrow. After samples are collected and a passing test is received, the public notice will be posted when the precautionary advisory is withdrawn.
The contractor continues to work to install the water main at Washington St and Michigan Ave. The contractor will be working in the North Adams Parking lot later this week.
On Thursday June 22, the existing water main will be shut off on Washington Street from Pearl St to Michigan Ave and properties who’s water is serviced from The North Adams Parking Lot Alleyway between Washington St and Adams St. The watermain will be shutdown from 9am to 5pm.
Michigan Ave between Adams and Washington. Due to the tight location, eastbound traffic on Michigan Ave has detoured between Hamilton St and Huron St. The detour is from Hamilton St to Harriet St to Huron St back to Michigan Ave for eastbound traffic. The water main will be installed along Michigan Ave from Adams to Washington Street later this week and next.
On Thursday, June 15, the contractor plans to be on Adams Street on the north side of Michigan Ave, tying in the existing water main onto the North Adams alley. The existing water main will be shut off from Adams St to Washington St on Michigan Ave.
On Monday, June 5th, the contractor completed the water main tie-ins at Ballard St and Michigan Ave. Later in the week, the contractor plans to start installing a water main in the north Adams lot on the north side of Michigan Ave between Adams St and Washington St.
On Wednesday, May 31, the contractor plans to tie in the water main on Ballard St/ Congress and Michigan Ave. The existing water main will be shut off on:
• Ballard St from Michigan Ave to Pearl St
• Pearl St from Ballard to Normal St
• Michigan Ave from Hamilton St to Ainsworth St. This will include Ypsilanti Police Department and Ypsilanti Fire Department.
• Congress St from Normal St to Ballard St.
On Thursday June 1, the contractor plans to be back on the north and south side of Michigan Ave at Huron St. The existing water main will be shut off from Huron St east to the Huron River to continue to tie in the new watermain at Michigan and Huron.
On Wednesday, May 17th, the existing water main will need to be shut off on Michigan Ave from Huron St east to the Huron River to tie in the water main in on the north side of Michigan and Huron. Please see attached flyer that will be delivered tomorrow prior to the shutdown on Wednesday, this will formalize the shutdown. A precautionary boil water advisory will be in effect for a minimum of 48-hours upon water service restoration. After samples are collected and a passing test is received, the public notice will be posted when the advisory is withdrawn.
On Thursday, May 18th, East Bound Michigan Ave Traffic will close between Hamilton and Adams. Traffic will be detoured on Hamilton, Catherine to Huron back to Michigan. In this case, this should be for a day only, and if it is extended, we will communicate that. With this on Thursday, May 18th. The water main will be shut off on Michigan Ave from Hamilton St to Huron St, and Adams St from Pearl St to Michigan St, from 9 am to 5 pm. This will be formalized with a notice issued on Wednesday morning for the Thursday shutdown. A precautionary boil water advisory will be in effect for a minimum of 48 hours upon water service restoration. After samples are collected, and a passing test is received, the public notice will be posted when the advisory is withdrawn.
Phase 3 is currently underway.
·Michigan Ave from Huron Street east to the Huron River
·Including but not limited to, C King and Co Cafe, City Hall, Ann Arbor Professional Pharmacy, Ma Lou's Fried Chicken, Bank of Ann Arbor
A boil water advisory will be in effect for a minimum of 48-hours upon water service restoration. After samples are collected and receive a passing test, a public notice will be issued when the advisory is withdrawn.
There is a possibility that some sediment may be stirred up when water service is restored. If your water is cloudy, discolored or there is sediment visible, you may need to clean your faucet screens and/or flush water through a large fixture such as an outside faucet or bathtub for a short period of time. The cloudy water will affect the look of the water; but does not affect the water quality.
For precautionary measures, water to be consumed should be
boiled for 3-5 minutes prior to consumption.
(5/8/2023) Later this week, the following traffic control changes will be occurring on Michigan, Hamilton, Washington, Ballard, and Congress. Please see attached traffic control plan.
- SB N. Hamilton Ave. Left Lane closed from Pearl to Ferris.
- WB Michigan Ave. The right lane closed from Adams to Congress.
- Congress and Ballad closed at Michigan. Local traffic only. No Through access.
- NB and SB Washington Closed from Pearl to Michigan. Local traffic only. No Through access.
- Washington closed at Michigan Ave. South side of Michigan Ave. No Through access.
Traffic shifts and closures on Hamilton, Huron, Michigan, West Cross, and Washtenaw are posted to MDOT's Mi Drive Site.
PUBLIC MEETING 4/26/2023
- The final phase of YCUA’s water-main improvements project will start by the first week of May. A public meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on April 26, 2023, at The Back Office Studio (13 North Washington Street, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48198). Staff from YCUA, OHM, and DiPonio Contracting, Inc., will be present to discuss the project and answer questions.
Upcoming lane and ramp closures will begin on Thursday, April 27th. The NB to WB ramp to I-94 will be closed & the left lane of Huron over I-94. This closure is estimated to run through Friday, May 5th.
Traffic Update 9/8/22
- Please see the posted update from 8/30 here: https://cityofypsilanti.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1725
Traffic Update 8/18/22
- The ramp from NB Huron to WB 94 and the ramp from SB Huron (Hamilton) to EB 94 will be closed through late fall.
- YCUA's work will resume on Washtenaw at Summit beginning 9/6/22 and move eastward to Hamilton. There will be full closures of Washtenaw during this time, and reduced to one lane when open. We advise those travelling from points west of the City to divert to Hewitt then Michigan Avenue.
- MDOT is continuing bridge work and work in South Huron; and begun work in South Hamilton. Stay alert for traffic shifts. Overnight work may be necessary during this phase.
Traffic update 7/26/22
- The ramp from NB Huron to WB 94 and the ramp from SB Huron (Hamilton) to EB 94 will be closed through late fall.
- YCUA's work on South Huron and South Hamilton has successfully completed. Work will resume north of Michigan (Phase 2) later this summer.
- MDOT is continuing bridge work and has begun work in South Huron. Work in South Hamilton is expected to begin in the coming weeks. Stay alert for traffic shifts. Overnight work may be necessary during this phase.
Traffic Update 6/15/22
- Next week only, there are nighttime lane closures on I-94 planned beginning Monday night/Tuesday morning, 6/20 through Friday night/Saturday morning, 6/25 from approximately 9PM to approximately 5AM. Beginning next week and through at least August, the NB Huron to WB I-94 ramp and the SB Huron (Hamilton) to EB I-94 ramp will remain closed.
- Nighttime closures are planned for I-94 and Huron Street the week of 6/6.
- There are nighttime closures planned beginning Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, 6/7, through Friday night/Saturday morning, 6/11, of lanes on I-94 as well as some of the on-ramps at Huron, from approximately 9PM to approximately 5AM.
One lane northbound and one lane southbound will remain open on Huron/Hamilton.
The ramp from NB Huron to WB 94 will be closed.
The ramp from SB Huron (Hamilton) to EB 94 will be closed.
I-94 under the bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction.
Hamilton/Huron southbound over the I-94 bridge will be reduced to one lane beginning Monday 5/23/22.Hamilton Street from Michigan to I-94 will be reduced to one lane southbound beginning the week of 5/2/2022.
- Huron Street between the I-94 westbound offramp and Ferris Street remains reduced to one lane northbound.
- Huron Street between Ferris Street to Michigan Ave has been reduced to two lanes. Access to the South Huron Parking Lot will be limited from South Huron Street; please use the entrances from South Adams and Ferris Street.
For questions regarding the coordination of these projects, please contact Bonnie Wessler at 734-483-1421 or firstname.lastname@example.org.