The objectives of the Huron Street project are to:
- Seek transformational change for the corridor
- Celebrate the unique role of Huron in the community
- Provide a sense of protection and comfort for pedestrians
- Increase safety at street crossings
- Develop an adaptable design for future street use patterns
- Add more green and be sustainable
Some of the ideas for this project include investing in trees and lighting, enhancing crosswalks, accommodating non-rush hour parking, installing a full signal at Chapin/Third, and other traffic improvements.
The goal of this project is to create a street that attracts more people and makes the street safer and more comfortable for all users. We want everyone to feel comfortable walking along and crossing Huron. In addition we want to connect the Main Street and Kerrytown neighborhoods and foster businesses along the corridor that engage the street.
- Feasibility & Design Phases: Spring 2018
- Engineering Phase: Fall 2019
- Construction Phase: Spring 2019
Construction will begin on the south side of Huron at Chapin, working east to Division. The work will move to the north side of Huron at Division, working west to Chapin. Construction is anticipated to last throughout the 2019 construction season, wrapping up in the Fall.
The Ann Arbor DDA is funding this project and will work closely with the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), downtown businesses, residents, visitors, and other stakeholders.
Questions about this project should be directed to Amber Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-994-6697.
Where and When?
Huron Street from Division to Chapin.
Phase One of the project will begin in mid-April, as soon as the Frost Laws allow, on the south side of Huron at Chapin working east to Division. Phase Two will follow with construction on the north side of Huron at Division moving west to Chapin.
During Phase One the south/eastbound lane of Huron will be closed to traffic and during Phase Two the north/westbound land of Huron will be closed to traffic.
There will be intermittent sidewalk closures as sidewalk infrastructure and concrete work is completed.
If you would like to receive weekly updates during construction, please contact Maura Thomson, email@example.com or (734)747-3072.
Two other projects will be under construction concurrently:
DTE Gas Main Work
DTE will be replacing a gas main on the south side of Huron Street between Fourth Ave and Thayer Street. This work requires additional sidewalk and roadway closures.
Brandon Francis, Project Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kyce Soerries, Corby Energy, email@example.com
University of Michigan at the Power Center
The University of Michigan will be making infrastructure improvements associated with the Power Center. This work will take place on the south side of Huron Street and will require closure of one lane of traffic from Fletcher to Glen Street.
University of Michigan Contacts:
Cheryl Duvall, UM-AEC, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Rein, email@example.com
What is the history of this project?
As a gateway to our community Huron serves an important role in downtown Ann Arbor. The street is full of residential, commercial, and civic frontage and bridges the Kerrytown and Main Street neighborhoods. Although it is a vehicle emphasis corridor it should also be comfortable and safe for pedestrians.
What’s included in this project?
This project includes landscaping, enhanced crosswalks, expanded pedestrian spaces, pedestrian scale lighting, and traffic improvements.
Here are some renderings of the improvements:
What are the desired outcomes of this project?
This project seeks to transform the pedestrian experience on Huron. The traffic and landscape improvements will provide a sense of protection, safety and comfort to pedestrians. Signal changes, large trees, cross street bump outs, enhanced crosswalks, improved lighting and the installation of a full signal at the intersection of Huron and Chapin/Third will allow people of all abilities to comfortably cross Huron.
What impact will the Huron Street Improvement project have on the safety of the streets?
Safety measures include:
No turn on red – reduces crosswalk encroachment and reduces all crashes by 3%
Permitted/protected left signal at Fifth Ave. – reduces crashes by 14%
Optimize signal timings for pedestrians (longer crossing times, leading pedestrian interval) – reduces vehicle/pedestrian crashes by 59%
Full traffic signal at Chapin/Third
I drive on Huron, how is this project going to impact my ability to drive through downtown?
During construction this project will require a single lane closure along Huron. However, DTE’s gas main project happening concurrently along the south side of Huron, will require a two-lane closure. Traffic is anticipated to be significantly impacted during peak hours.
Upon completion of the project, the proposed traffic improvements will optimize safety and efficiency at turn signals and crosswalks. Travel time decreases slightly along the corridor during AM/PM rush hour.
How is parking going to be impacted?
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) denied the request to add non-rush hour on street parking, this project will have no impact on parking.
On August 9, 2018 Ann Arbor City Council supports Huron Street Transportation Improvements
Interested in learning more about the public engagement process? A comprehensive summary can be downloaded here.
On March 7, 2018, the DDA Board passed a Resolution of Support for the key transportation elements of this project.
On March 21, 2018 the City of Ann Arbor Transportation Commission unanimously approved a recommendation to support this project.
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