Expect traffic pattern changes in late August when students move back to Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor has just begun to wind down from Art Fair and a summer filled with festivals, but it's winding up for a burst in population, traffic and business.
That's right: In two weeks students are coming back to Ann Arbor for another school year at the University of Michigan.
Say goodbye to actually being able to drive down State Street, say hello to long lines at the State Street coffee shops and do your best not to grumble when the Solo cups and beer pong tables abundantly line the streets of lower Burns Park.
Roughly 28,000 undergraduates and 15,500 graduates will take classes in Ann Arbor this fall and U-M expects 10,500 of them to live on campus. The majority of those students, with the help of their parents, move in during a three-day period beginning Aug. 28.
As students move in to their dorms, the city is changing some traffic patterns near campus. The changes go into effect 6 a.m. August 28 and stop 10 p.m. on August 30.
Here's a synopsis:
- Thompson - one way southbound from East Jefferson to Packard
- Madison - one way eastbound from South Division to South State
- Observatory - one way southbound from East Ann to Geddes
- East Washington - one way westbound from Fletcher to South State
- Maynard - from Jefferson to East William - meters bagged
- East University between Hill and Willard - meters bagged
- Church Street between Hill and Willard - meters bagged
- North University Court - meters bagged
- Oxford - parking reserved for move-in from Hill to Geddes
- Washington Heights - closed from Observatory to E. Medical Center Drive
- East Ann - one-way eastbound from Zina Pitcher Place to Observatory
The university has agreed to pay the city $10,450 for occupancy of the public right-of-way during the move-in period. Soliciting in a one-block radius of the move-in site is prohibited.
The City Council approved the traffic pattern changes on Aug. 8.
U-M's Lawyer's Club graduate residence hall is reopening after a $39 million renovation this fall. Undergraduate dorm East Quad will also reopen after a yearlong $116 million renovation.
Crews will begin renovating the 1,180-bed South Quad this fall. The project will take a year and cost $60 million. U-M also wants to proceed as quickly as possible on building a state-of-the art 600-bed graduate student dormitory, which is predicted to cost $185 million.