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Posted on Mon, Jun 21, 2010 : 6:02 a.m.

Ypsilanti summer road projects to focus on College Place, Mansfield Street, Forest Avenue

By Tom Perkins


A project on Mansfield Street is under way.

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The City of Ypsilanti has put up the orange barrels marking the start of the summer road construction season.

Projects on College Place and Mansfield Street between Congress Street and Westmoorland Street are under way, while a stretch of Forest Avenue will receive an overlay later in the summer.

The projects total roughly $1.4 million, which is divided among several entities that are contributing to the efforts.

The College Place and Mansfield Street projects are scheduled to run through late August, but Stan Kirton, Ypsilanti’s public service director, said he is confident both could conclude early.


The College Place project is scheduled to run through late August.

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College Place is undergoing reconstruction between Forest Avenue and Cross Street. Concurrently, the Ypsilanti Community Utility Authority will perform water main work, while Eastern Michigan University is installing brick-patterned crosswalks at each end of the street.

The city is also reconstructing the sidewalks, bringing the project total to roughly $200,000, which will be paid for with American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds. EMU has dedicated $60,000 for the crosswalks, and the YCUA will contribute $81,000 for water main work.

The project has been discussed over the last several years, but EMU had previously planned to turn the street into a pedestrian mall. Since those plans fell through, the city made the street’s reconstruction a priority, Kirton said.

“It has been one of the worst roads in the city,” he said. “It needed this bad - when you hold off on a bad road, it deteriorates worse.”

Kirton said the College Place and Mansfield Street projects received low Paser ratings, a visual measure of a road’s deterioration used to determine which roads receive priority.

The Mansfield Street is expected to cost more than $557,000 and is also covered by ARRA funds, while the YCUA budgeted $303,000 for new water mains.

Kirton said Forest Avenue between Adams Street and College Place will receive a fresh layer of asphalt, and bike lanes continuing east to Norris Street will be installed on either side of the street. That project will begin later in the summer.

Funding for the Forest Avenue project comes from several sources, including $64,000 in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds for the bike lanes. Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation is contributing $16,000 toward engineering costs, while $75,000 in CDGB funds will cover engineering and project costs.

Kirton said he expects the projects to wrap up ahead of schedule, despite that five positions have been cut from his department over the last two years.

“We’re doing the best we can,” he said. “We do extra work, but we understand that’s what it’s going to take to get it done.”

Tom Perkins is a freelance writer for Reach the news desk at or 734-623-2530.



Tue, Jun 22, 2010 : 11:42 a.m.

Thanks for following up Tom!

Tom Perkins

Tue, Jun 22, 2010 : 11:22 a.m.

jcstanton, According to Stan Kirton, the city is seeking funds for Grove Road right now, and it is a high priority. Kirton also said there is no dispute between the city and township on who will pay for the project. Tom


Tue, Jun 22, 2010 : 8:19 a.m.

Are there any Grove road projects slated?

Tom Perkins

Mon, Jun 21, 2010 : 4:06 p.m.

amazonwarrior, Made the change. Thanks. Tom


Mon, Jun 21, 2010 : 8:20 a.m.

The section of Grove of which Larry speaks will soon be a dirt road. That, however, would be an improvement.

Concerned Citizen

Mon, Jun 21, 2010 : 8:12 a.m.

So, Is N. Huron and N. Huron River Drive next?? Please? :)

Mr. Ypsilanti

Mon, Jun 21, 2010 : 8:12 a.m.

They need to replace Grove Rd. by the old hop in. That is ridiculos


Mon, Jun 21, 2010 : 7:26 a.m.

Forrest ave next from holy trinity catholic church to pierce hall is just aweful. it really needs to be completely dug up and re-laid not patched


Mon, Jun 21, 2010 : 7:21 a.m.

"Projects on College Place and Mansfield Street between Washtenaw Avenue and Westmoorland Street are under way,"..... Tom- Mansfield Street is being repaired from Westmoreland to CONGRESS...NOT Washtenaw to Westmoreland. That project was done last year.

Larry White

Mon, Jun 21, 2010 : 6:07 a.m.

Sooo, any word on the Grove Road approaches to the I-94 overpass? The bridge deck was replaced several years ago but the approaches and concrete surfaces from both directions are a disaster area. There are currently a dozen plus potholes large enough and deep enough to cause serious damage or possible injury.