Maple Road residents to meet with Road Commission Monday night about future road improvement plan
Washtenaw County Road Commission officials will meet with Maple Road residents and elected officials from Scio and Ann Arbor townships to update them on the proposed improvements to Maple Road between Stein and Joy roads Monday night.
The informational meeting will take place at the Road Commission board room at 6:30 p.m., and will focus on improvements already made to Maple Road, which include the replacement of four culverts, an improved approach to Joy Road and the removal of dead trees between Stein and Joy roads.
They will also discuss a new plan for Maple Road between Stein and Joy roads in Scio Township, which includes additional tree removal, roadside ditches, the removal of a roadside berm and a new limestone surface that’s expected to take place next year.
Although area residents agree that something needs to be done to stop the flooding and washout that takes place on the road, previously they said they do not want the improvements to ruin the natural beauty of the road and homeowners' adjacent properties.
Road Commission officials say they need to address both the safety concerns and drainage issues.
Neighbors said previously they like the rural character of the road and don’t want it to become a freeway for speeding vehicles. In 1993, residents asked that the road be designated as a natural beauty road with a 25 mile per hour speed limit, but were turned down by the Road Commission.
This summer, Road Commissioners met with Maple Road residents and walked this section of road to see firsthand what the problems were.
“The focus of the project is to improve safety for the traveling public at the same time improving the surface and drainage of the roadway,” according to the meeting announcement from Jim Harmon, director of operations.
Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for AnnArbor.com who covers the Road Commission. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.