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Posted on Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 6:04 p.m.

Construction to reduce Ann Arbor-Saline Road to 1 lane for 6 days

By Amy Biolchini

About one mile of Ann Arbor-Saline Road in Lodi Township will be reduced to one lane beginning Tuesday as crews contracted by the Washtenaw County Road Commission will be repaving the road.

From Textile Road to about 800 feet north of Woodland Drive on Ann Arbor-Saline Road, traffic will be controlled by a flagger and delays are likely.

Lane closures are expected to begin about 6:30 a.m. and work will start about 7 a.m.

The work is expected to last about six business days. Homes and businesses will still be accessible during the construction.

A $3 million grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation is funding the project, as well as the repaving of 19 miles of 13 other roads in the county.

View Saline-Ann Arbor Road work in a larger map

Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.



Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 3:30 p.m.

@Mike Second the notion to fix Carpenter Road just north of Packard. It is already down to one usable lane - out of the original five - and that traffic constriction wasn't even planned.

the leprachaun

Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 12:37 p.m.

seriously that strech of road is fine. How about Willis Rd between Moon and the city line or Saline Milan Rd the whole length.


Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 11:08 a.m.

The project was delayed by a year.

Ryan Bowles

Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 10:36 a.m.

What happened to this:

Amy Biolchini

Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 1:31 p.m.

foobar417 is right -- MDOT was not able to come up with its portion of the funds for the project in its 2013 budget and so that resurfacing project will move ahead next year.


Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 2:04 a.m.

So funny... I jumped into the article after catching the headline certain to read a flood of positive comments about how the city was finally fixing the roads. Ha ha ha..Good Joke!!! - WCRC in Lodi township. Probably a little Federal funding left over from the airport expansion. Or oil pipeline patch job. Well, there is still hope. With Main Street closed on Saturdays, the City could just extend the blockade all the way out to Meijers and then slap on a little tar. Now who's gonna complain aboutclosing roads around town?


Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 1:33 a.m.

Note: down there it's Saline Ann Arbor Rd, not Ann Arbor Saline Rd, as indicated in the headline. Hence perhaps the confusion over which stretch of the road we are talking.

Amy Biolchini

Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 1:33 p.m.

Kafkaland, myself and several editors reviewed that exact discussion before posting the story. On Google maps the portion of road that is under construction for this project is referred to as Saline-Ann Arbor Road. However, on the Washtenaw County Road Commission's map and press release announcing this project, it is identified as Ann Arbor-Saline Road. We chose Ann Arbor-Saline Road because that's how the Road Commission identified it.


Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 11:49 a.m.

No, according to county records, the road is like many roads in the region, and is called Ann Arbor - Saline Road. (ala Saline - Milan Road, Dexter-Chelsea road, and Plymouth-Ann Arbor road --although this one is in the process of having the RCWC change it to just Plymouth--) (ref: Also, the I94 bridge area was scheduled, but the funding sources were in question and it was delayed a year - see previous discussions on


Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 2:11 a.m.

You could be right but, the maps I am looking at shows that it is Ann Arbor -Saline Road until it gets to Saline city limits where it changes to Ann Arbor Road.


Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 1:08 a.m.

If you would like to find out why the county chooses the same roads all the time, look at the businesses that are supporting the candidates. If I want to be re-elected all I have to do is keep Meijer, Walmart, and other business happy. There is no need to try to satisfy the homeowners, and small business , that is not where the money is. Take a look at Carpenter Road north of Packard, one of the busiest roads in the county. The businesses struggle there so they are not making large donations to the elected on the commission. We all drive that road and we all complain. But where is the multy-million dollar business there? North Territorial from the Wayne county line west. We drive it, we complain, but no one donates to the commission elections, there is no business just residents and farms. It is time to elect commissioners that are not paid for.

Amy Biolchini

Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 1:36 p.m.

Carpenter Road north of the Packard intersection will be completely redone in 2014, as will the Ann Arbor-Saline Road overpass at I-94. A portion of North Territorial from the Wayne County line through Salem Township will be resurfaced this year after township officials struck a deal with the Road Commission:


Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 12:51 p.m.

AA-Saline just north of Meijer is what everyone's complaining about. It's ridiculously bad.


Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 2:07 a.m.

Greggy D Carpenter Road Meijer Carpenter Road is great at that end. Ann Arbor Saline Road where Meijer is, is also a great road. Sorry about I-94 exchange. Take a look at Jackson Road, The car dealers need a smooth road to sell the cars. Just take a good look where the good roads are. Then you have to look at where the commissioners are from. Chelsea just had work done to M52, it did need it in areas but there are much worse roads. Ypsi. Twp. the round about at Whitaker and Stony Creek Rd. where we have a Ypsi. Twp. rep. Saline's rep with the Ann Arbor Saline Rd project this week. I think that the I-94 is just out of Meijer's touch. Ann Arbor maps show that I-94 and the exits are part of the Ann Arbor district. Meijer is in Pittsfield Twp.


Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 1:31 a.m.

Meijer is a hop, skip, and a jump away from Ann Arbor-Saline and I-94. They must not have as much influence as you think seeing that the road that feeds their clientele traffic is an absolute disaster and embarrassment.


Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 11:33 p.m.

As noted by others ... The stretch of Ann Arbor-Saline Rd @ I-94 is atrocious. Potholes that have been bumpily patched over for years, new crater deep potholes, and lane markings that are almost invisible anymore. (so many accidents and close call accidents there b/c people swerve to avoid the deepest holes -or b/c the lane markings are so faded it's difficult for vehicles to follow the correct lane as they make turns off Eisenhower Parkway onto AA-Saline Rd) AA Saline Rd @ I-94 is a very heavily traveled route - people going to the many shopping areas near that area, plus traffic trying to enter/exit I-94 a major east-west interstate freeway. Surely this is a much more traveled stretch of road and is in worse shape then the more rural area near Textile Rd. Not saying the Textile area does not also need repairs - but common sense would seem to dictate that PRIORITY roadwork should have been given to the heavily traveled AA-Saline Rd @ I-94 intersection.

Amy Biolchini

Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 1:37 p.m.

The Ann Arbor-Saline Road overpass at I-94 was slated for 2013 reconstruction, but MDOT was not able to foot its portion of the bill in its 2013 budget and so that project has been pushed back to the 2014 books.


Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 11:49 p.m.

Not to mention that the games will start in a month. More football traffic on top of the malls and shopping centers. Where is the accountability?


Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 11:02 p.m.

This is the mentality of the Washtenaw road commission. That stretch of road is heaven compared to down by I- 94, Try working on North Territorial a little. The county residents have been complaining for years about certain roads that the road commission ignores. How do we hold the commission to a reasonable standard for all roads in the county?

Amy Biolchini

Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 1:38 p.m.

Salem Township officials recently struck a deal with the Road Commission to get their portion of North Territorial Road fixed:


Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 10:29 p.m.

What about the section of Ann Arbor-Saline Rd by 94?!!!!!!!! I need a lunar rover since it is comparable to driving on the moon!


Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 5:33 p.m.

I didn't think Moon was that bad for a rural road.

Amy Biolchini

Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 1:39 p.m.

Ann Arbor-Saline Road at the I-94 overpass is slated for reconstruction in 2014. It was planned for 2013, but MDOT did not have room in its budget to make the project happen. The project is being funded by a combination of sources -- including the city of Ann Arbor and Pittsfield Township/Road Commission.


Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 11:54 p.m.

@ Ann English Now why didn't the article say something about the alternate routes that people could use? Thank you for the advice, I am sure I would have thought about it, but maybe after I traveled Ann Arbor Saline Road once.

Ann English

Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 11:31 p.m.

The State Street-Ellsworth roundabout will be finished by the time Ann Arbor-Saline Road over I-94 gets resurfaced. Then I'll be able to approach Meijer from the southwest again. I, too, thought the headline referred to the Ann Arbor-Saline Road bridge over the expressway, at first. We can use Lohr or Maple to reach Saline in the meantime.

Nicholas Urfe

Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 10:55 p.m.

When did you ever drive on the moon, Greggy_D? You ain't tellin stories again, are you?