$2.9M upgrade coming next year for Packard Road in Ann Arbor
Packard Road will see repaving and pedestrian improvements next year as part of $2.9 million in upgrades, Ann Arbor officials said this week.
The Ann Arbor City Council unanimously approved an agreement with the Michigan Department of Transportation Monday night for the resurfacing of Packard from Platt to US-23. The breakdown provided to MDOT shows about $1.19 million is expected to come from federal funds, $1.33 million from the city's street millage and $845,000 from the city's water fund.
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The street will be resurfaced, curbs will be replaced where needed, and sidewalk ramps will be upgraded to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to Homayoon Pirooz, head of the city's project management unit.
Due to many breaks, the project also includes the replacement of the existing underground water main with a new 12-inch main from Platt to US-23, Pirooz said. Also included is the replacement of the guardrails and north pedestrian walkway underneath the US-23 bridge.
Residents and business owners in the area have said the bike path and pedestrian walkway have been dangerous and in need of repairs for some time.
Funds for the work on Packard, as well as upgrades to Hill Street, are approved in the city's fiscal year 2011-12 budget. City officials said the completed plans were submitted to MDOT in July for a bid letting on Oct. 7.
MDOT is awarding the contract, and the city is acting as the project engineer. The agreement with the state was required so the project can be performed as a federal aid project.
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