Road improvements near new Costco Warehouse almost complete
Roy Townsend, managing director of the Washtenaw County Road Commission, said contractors were paving Airport Plaza on Thursday.
On Friday, milling work will take place on State Street and on Saturday the road will be paved.
“We’re getting near the end,” he said, adding that there’s more work to be done next week “but we should be wrapped up on June 22 or 23.”
The improvements are part of the new Costco Warehouse store and gas station that will open later this month.
Among the improvements that were expected to be made:
- Elimination of the direct left turns onto State Street from both Airport Boulevard and Research Park Drive.
- Modification of the existing traffic signal and constructing two-lane boulevard crossovers on both Airport Boulevard and Research Park Drive.
- Pedestrian crossings were added at all legs of the intersection.
- Airport Boulevard between Ellsworth Road and State Street was reconfigured as a three-lane road.
- A 10-foot-wide shared use pathway on the east/south side of Airport Boulevard along the Costco street frontages was added.
At the Airport Boulevard and Ellsworth Road intersection:
- A new traffic signal at the intersection with pedestrian push buttons.
- The existing auxiliary westbound right-turn lane and paved shoulder was extended on Ellsworth Road for motorists turning northbound at the Airport Boulevard intersection.
- The south approach of the Airport Boulevard intersection was restriped to include room for a left-turning car.
At the Lohr and Ellsworth roads intersection:
*A northbound auxiliary right-turn lane was constructed on Lohr Road at the Ellsworth Road intersection for traffic turning eastbound.
- The existing Lohr Road left-turn lane was extended.
- At the I-94/State Street interchange, the existing signal at the exit ramp was widened and modified.
The joint road construction project included Pittsfield Township, the city of Ann Arbor and the Road Commission.
“This is another excellent example of a private and public partnership,” Townsend said. The project was paid for by Costco.