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Posted on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 2:44 p.m.

State Street reopens for traffic near Stadium bridges project Tuesday

By Kyle Feldscher

Drivers rejoice! State Street reopened to traffic at 2 p.m. Tuesday after being closed for two weeks and one day as a part of the East Stadium Boulevard bridges project.

Ann Arbor senior project manager Michael Nearing confirmed via email this afternoon that State Street had been opened once again for two-way traffic at 2 p.m. The portion of State Street from Stimson Street to Granger Avenue had been closed since Nov. 28.

State Street opened one day ahead of schedule, as information about the project on the city’s website states the street would be reopened Wednesday.

Henry Street, which served as a two-way street between White Street and East Stadium Boulevard and between East Stadium Boulevard and Golden Avenue since Nov. 28, reverted back to a one-way street Tuesday afternoon.

East Stadium Boulevard will remain closed until Nov. 14, 2012, according to the city’s website.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 9:05 p.m.

Hey Kyle, something doesn't revert back to, it reverts to. Reverted back is redundant.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 3:33 a.m.

Considerable change in traffic volumn today on W.B. Eisenhower Pkwy @ 5:30pm.

Ann English

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 11:41 p.m.

Probably more traffic on westbound Eisenhower, anticipating a simple right turn on northbound State Street, which can now get them where they wanted to go. At 11:45 AM today, I saw a lighted sign on northbound State Street south of Eisenhower that simply said, "State Street Open". Apparently it was understood by everyone to mean "State Street open BEYOND Stimson".


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 5:02 a.m.

More or less?

Silly Sally

Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 9:02 p.m.

So soon, I thought that the silly mayor was going to build a BIG DIG parking structure under this bridge and then give it over to UM as a gesture of good will. It took so long and wil cost so much that they should all be ashamed!


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 3:50 p.m.

Actually if the UM got hold of it? It would end up being a non taxable item that Ann Arbor can't tax.


Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 10:41 p.m.

blah blah blah blah - this type of reaction is so tired. State street was only scheduled to be closed for 2-3 weeks at the start.

Andrew R. Gorsuch

Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 8:35 p.m.

So excited!

Ben Connor Barrie

Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 8:30 p.m.

The city could save a lot of money if they just left the bridge out and built some better ramps for Dukes of Hazard-esque jumps across S. State.

Ann English

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 11:36 p.m.

Whoever dares to jump across State Street has to clear the railroad tracks, too.


Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 3:49 p.m.

Where do we sign up? I'm all for the fun.


Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 8:45 p.m.

...and we wouldn't need a skateboard park.

Tom Teague

Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 8:37 p.m.

At last, a fun, practical and cost-effective recommendation!


Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 8:11 p.m.

I know what I'm doing tonight!