The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded a State Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) grant to the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) to fund the reconstruction and paving of the gravel segment of Textile Road between State Road and Michigan Avenue (U.S. 12). As part of this project, the intersection of Platt Road and Textile Road will be improved by providing left turn lanes and a traffic signal.
A public information meeting on the project is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., May 31, at Pittsfield Township Hall, 6201 W. Michigan Ave.
The TEDF-funded Textile Road improvements will support the consolidation, relocation and expansion of the Thomson Reuters Inc. (TR) in Pittsfield Township. TR outgrew its previous four facilities in the Ann Arbor area which promoted the consolidation of facilities to a new home located at the intersection of State Road and Textile Road One obstacle to the TR relocation was concern regarding traffic safety and congestion. The paving of Textile Road will provide improved access to the TR facility.
Textile Road between Interfirst Drive and Michigan Avenue is a primary gravel road that experiences higher than normal traffic volumes compared to other gravel roads in the county. Paving Textile Road will alleviate ongoing routine maintenance operations (surface grading and dust control) and enhance safety along the corridor.
The estimated cost for the road project is $3.3 million. The MDOT TEDF grant will provide $2.8 million. Local sources will fund the remaining project costs.
Construction is scheduled for summer of 2018. A specific start date will be announced at a later date. Construction is anticipated to last three to four months. Residents living along the Textile Road corridor will be provided access to their homes during construction. Mail delivery and garbage pickup will be coordinated between WCRC and the contractor. All other road users will be required to follow posted detour routes.
A follow-up public information meeting will take place in the spring of 2018 to provide final construction details such as start dates, projected duration of road closures and detour routes.