Plan ahead: Road closures related to new hospital and other projects around Ann Arbor

April 15, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

As a reminder, a series of intermittent lane closures will be put in place along East Ann, Observatory and Zina Pitcher between now and the end of June. The closures are related to utility work associated with construction of the new hospital on campus.

Beginning on Monday, April 19, it is expected that eastbound East Ann Street between Zina Pitcher and Observatory will be closed. Westbound traffic will be maintained.

On Observatory, between East Medical Center Drive and East Ann, lane closures will shift between the north and southbound lanes; however, northbound traffic only will be maintained at all times. Vehicular and pedestrian detours will be posted in the field.

On-street parking along East Ann Street will be closed.

Information regarding the timing of subsequent closures will be shared in future updates as those dates are finalized.

Transit routes to be affected

Anticipated changes to U-M transit routes are noted below. 

Beginning Monday, April 19:

  • Med Express: This service follows regular routing inbound to Taubman Center. The route will turn right at East Hospital Drive, serve a temporary stop at the Old Mott Entrance, and after circling the P4 (Simpson) Parking Structure, turn left on East Medical Center Drive and resume regular routing at the Mott/Markley stop. There will be no service to the Mott Parking Structure (south side of P4) or CVC stops.
  • Crisler Express (morning): This will follow Crisler Express afternoon routing. There will be no service to the CVC stop.
  • Crisler Express (afternoon): There will be no service to the CVC stop.
  • Glazier Express (morning)There will be no service to the CVC stop.
  • Glazier Express (afternoon): This will follow Glazier Express morning routing. There will be no service to the CVC stop. Passengers at Couzens will need to use the BSRB stop.
  • Wall St – NIB: There will be a routing adjustment outbound toward Wall Street after leaving the North Ingalls Building. There will be no service to the stops on the south side of East Medical Center Drive. There will only be hospital-side service.
  • Wall St. Express: Wall St Express morning and afternoon buses will follow regular routing to the Taubman inbound stop. The route will turn right at East Hospital Drive, serve a temporary stop at the Old Mott Entrance, and after circling the P4 (Simpson) Parking Structure, turn left on East Medical Center Drive and resume regular routing at the Mott/Markley stop. There will be no service to the Mott Parking Structure (south side of P4) or CVC stops.
  • Campus Connector: There will be a routing adjustment outbound toward North Campus after serving the Power Center. All stops will continue to be serviced.

More details on U-M bus route detours can be found at https://ltp.umich.edu/news/transit-alerts.php and AAATA bus route detours can be found at https://www.theride.org/rider-alerts.

Other closures around Ann Arbor

  • Today, April 15, the intersection of Ashley/Liberty is scheduled to be closed to address unforeseen field conditions found during the construction of the DDA/City of Ann Arbor First and Ashley Improvements Project. Through traffic on Ashley Street will be maintained. This is a one-day closure; the work is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. today, and the road reopened to westbound vehicle traffic. Pedestrian through-traffic will be maintained on one side of the street at all times.  
  • Beginning Friday, April 16, at 9 a.m., the City of Ann Arbor will be performing capital preventative maintenance repairs to the Fuller Road bridges over the Huron River. The repairs will consist of chipping and patching portions of the barrier wall, bridge deck and sidewalks on the bridges. An epoxy overlay will also be placed on the bridge decks and approach slabs. The work will commence on the south side of the bridges i?n the eastbound lanes.   
    • Beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 16, Fuller Road traffic is scheduled to be reduced to one lane eastbound across the bridges to allow the work to proceed. The sidewalk along the eastbound bridge will be closed as well to safely facilitate the work.
    • A sidewalk closure and pedestrian detour to the opposite side of the roadway will be provided to maintain access to the surrounding areas. Signs directing pedestrians will be erected on site.
    • Once the repair work on the eastbound lane is completed, a similar process will be utilized to repair the barrier wall, bridge deck and sidewalk for the westbound lane. Again, pedestrian access will be maintained in a similar manner throughout that work.
    • Continuous access across the bridges will be maintained throughout the entirety of the planned work. 
    • The work is expected to be completed by June 30.
  • Beginning Monday, April 19, at 9 a.m., northbound Pontiac Trail is anticipated to be closed to through traffic between Skydale Drive and Montana Way. Southbound traffic will be maintained.
    • Northbound Pontiac Trail traffic will be detoured to eastbound Barton Drive, then eastbound Plymouth Road, then northbound Nixon Road, then westbound Dhu Varren Road back to Pontiac Trail.
    • Local access to driveways will be maintained at all times. Pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be maintained. Emergency vehicles will need to follow detour.
  • Beginning Monday, April 19, the eastbound lane of Fuller Court from Fuller Road to the 2000 block of Fuller Court is expected to be closed. Vehicles traveling eastbound on Fuller Court will be detoured along Fuller Road along the north side of the VA hospital. The work is expected to be completed by Friday, June 4.

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