The Michigan Department of Transportation and the City of Saline will host a public open house from 5 to 7 p.m., March 29, to discuss a project starting in April to reconstruct US-12.
The meeting takes place in the cafeteria at Liberty School, located at 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Road.
Michigan Avenue will be reconstructed between Maple Road/Old Creek Drive and the east side of the bridge at Mill Pond.
The public is invited to stop by anytime during the two-hour meeting to learn more about the project. There will not be a formal presentation made at the meeting.
The reconstruction of US-12 (Michigan Avenue) in Saline is expected to begin in April. The project also includes downtown streetscape enhancements and updated utilities. During construction, only one westbound lane will be open between Monroe Street and Maple Road, with eastbound traffic detoured using Henry Street.
Work includes widening US-12 to five lanes between Monroe Street and Harris Street to add a center turn lane, storm and sanitary sewer and water main upgrades, sidewalk improvements, and traffic signal upgrades. In addition, downtown amenities will be updated as part of a streetscape enhancement grant in partnership with the City of Saline. These upgrades include tree removal and replacement, enhanced crosswalks at major intersections, the addition of mid-block islands, and enhanced lighting along the corridor.
During construction, only one lane of westbound traffic will be open between Monroe Street and Maple Road, with eastbound traffic detoured using Henry Street. Henry Street will be resurfaced after construction on US-12 is complete. One lane will be open in each direction between the bridge and Monroe Street. There also will be short-term intersection closures with a detour posted. Temporary traffic signals will be in place on Henry Street at Ann Arbor Street, Harris Street and Old Creek Drive. Trucks will be encouraged to use M-50 or I-94, as oversized loads will be prohibited along US-12 during construction. The roadway is expected to reopen to two-way traffic with construction complete by November. Final restoration will take place in spring 2017