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Posted on Fri, Oct 15, 2010 : 3:26 p.m.

Road commission hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony on Huron River Drive

By Heather Lockwood


Local dignataries cut a ribbon officially opening the stretch of freshly paved Huron River Drive between the railroad tracks and Tubbs Road on Thursday afternoon, much to the delight of avid cyclists, including Debbie and Ted Green (second and third from left) who helped spearhead the repaving project.

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A fundraising effort by area cyclists and residents to raise $30,000 to help repave a portion of Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor exceeded its goal, bringing in more than $45,000 in donations.

Ted Green, CEO of Greenview Data Inc. and a member of the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society, said he and others involved were pleasantly surprised by their success. The money raised by the community helped fund the repaving of a portion of Huron River Drive — a popular, scenic route among area cyclists deemed too dangerous to ride by some due to potholes and rough patches.

To celebrate the work done, the Washtenaw County Road Commission held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday on Huron River Drive near Tubbs Road.

"The Road Commission double matched our $45,000, and the Parks and Recreation Department kicked in another $50,000 for bike lanes," Green said. "In the end, it's $185,000 (worth) of repaving that would not have happened otherwise."

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Ted Green

Mon, Oct 18, 2010 : 10:07 a.m.

Since the Wagner to Tubbs section was milled (existing pavement ground down and obvious holes filled), it is expected that this section, and most of the other repaved sections, will remain in "good" or "excellent" condition for 10 years. Sure a few potholes will form before them due to the bad drainage, but HRD had deteriorated way past a "few potholes". You are correct that HRD repaving does not last as long as other roads due to the shade (holds moisture) and poor drainage.


Sat, Oct 16, 2010 : 2:53 a.m.

This wont last the winter there is no road bed.