The Washtenaw County Road Commission and its consultants will host an information open house to inform the public about two major road projects in 2016, including roundabout planned for the intersection of Ann Arbor-Saline and Textile roads. The other project, also in Lodi Township, is surfacing Textile Road from Ann Arbor-Saline to Maple Roads.
The open house takes place at the Lodi Township hall from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.., Thursday, Jan. 14. Lodi Township Hall is located at 3755 Pleasant Lake Road.
According to the road commission a compact urban roundabout will be built at the intersection of Ann Arbor-Saline Road and Textile Road to reduce peak period congestion that occurs on Ann Arbor-Saline Road.
A roundabout was chosen over a traffic signal for four reasons:
A compact urban roundabout has a smaller footprint. This is important because it requires less right-of-way, which means there are fewer impacts to property owners and resources are saved that can be used on other county infrastructure needs;
Roundabouts are statistically safer than traffic signals. A trade off occurs between high speed, t-bone collisions that occur when a driver ‘beats’ a red light for low speed, side swipe collisions;
With a traffic signal, delay is always present 24 hours a day when a driver encounters a red light. At a roundabout, less delay occurs, especially at off peak hours, due to the yield condition. This aspect is also a benefit to the environment since fewer vehicle emissions are placed into the air;
A compact urban roundabout will be less intrusive to Lodi Cemetery and adjacent corner properties.
In addition to the compact urban roundabout, Textile Road will be pulverized and paved with new asphalt from the compact urban roundabout location at Textile Road and Ann Arbor-Saline Road to Maple Road. Pulverizing is when the pavement is rubblized, reclaimed and compacted to create a smooth, new base surface for new asphalt. The Projects will begin after Labor Day 2016. At the meeting, residents and commuters will learn available details about the project, including proposed detour routes, residents’ access to their property during construction, and projected timelines.