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Posted on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 7:05 p.m.

Ypsilanti, Lima townships commit to local road improvement projects

By Amy Biolchini

A number of local roads in Ypsilanti and Lima townships will see construction this year after the Washtenaw County Road Commission approved work agreements Tuesday.


The Washtenaw County Road Commission paints lines on a new road. Ypsilanti and Lima townships have committed to help fund a number of local road projects that the Road Commission will complete this year. file photo

Ypsilanti Township will be paying $261,000 for the milling and paving of the following roads in the Nancy Park Subdivision:

  • Mollie Street between South Grove and Dorothy streets
  • Dorothy Street between South Grove and Harry streets
  • Lynn Avenue between McCarthy and Harry streets
  • Heatherridge Street, between McCarthy Street and Andrea Avenue

The project, which totals nearly one mile of local roadwork, also includes the installation of sidewalk ramps that are compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

Other upcoming Ypsilanti Township road improvement projects this year include the $660,000 in repairs to roads and in the replacement of water lines in a neighborhood off South Grove Road, as well as the replacement of the Ford Boulevard Bridge.

In Lima Township in western Washtenaw County, several gravel roads will get upgrades. The township has committed to pay $69,558 of the $96,990 construction cost.

The Road Commission will be contributing $14,687 of its money to the agreement, as well as $12,745 of its drainage project funds.

The contribution from the township is bigger this year than it has been before, said Doug Fuller, chairman of the Road Commission.

“Lima Township has stepped up their participation, and it’s noted and appreciated,” Fuller said.

The Road Commission will be placing six inches of limestone gravel on Fletcher Road between Old U.S.-12 and Trinkle Road as a part of the agreement. The total amount of gravel is about 3,000 tons, and work is expected to cost about $42,100.

The agreement also covers the township’s dust control program by providing $15,900 to the application of Kaiser Well brine on all of the township’s gravel and limestone roads, except for Klinger Road and Liberty Road between Guenther and Dancer roads.

Also funded by the agreement with the Road Commission is Lima Township’s limestone, gravel and ditching programs. Specific projects will be determined by the township supervisor.

View Ypsilanti Township mill and resurfacing summer 2013 in a larger map

Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.


Lake Trout

Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 5:36 p.m.

After reading this article, and being a resident of a township named, I would be interested in finding out what Enbridge is planning to do to repair the local roads being destroyed by their heavy equipment installing the new pipeline through the County, i.e., Scio Church, Jackson, gravel portions of Guenther, Jeruselem, Lima Center, Dancer and beyond. If they have paid the Road Commission for remediation of roadways, why then are the jurisdictions being asked to sign agreements and pay for some of the work that needs to be done? I do understand that each jurisdiction signs agreements for road brining, grading and repairs, but how much of that has the Road Comission already been paid to do?

Ann English

Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 12:18 a.m.

I see that the strip of Liberty between Honey Run Drive and Stag's Leap Lane is in Scio Township, not Lima Township. Nice, spread-out gravel roads there in Lima Township. Looks like Sugarbrook Park and Loon Feather Point Park are both closer to the subdivision than Nancy Park is.