Ypsilanti Township has been working with the Cities of Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor and Pittsfield Township to redevelop Washtenaw Avenue. A series of public workshops were scheduled to get public feedback on proposed future road configuration alternatives along the corridor.
The public feedback is available for review.
ReImagine Washtenaw is currently involved in multiple projects to make the road more friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists, and address traffic congestion and land use issues along the corridor. Master Plans, Zoning Ordinances and Design Guidelines are being updated to ensure future developments consider walkability, transit needs, and provide more sense of place.
October 19, 2016: ReImagine Washtenaw Progress Report Released: Download the 2015 - 2016 ReImagine Washtenaw progress report to find out the latest information on implementation efforts.
September 12, 2016: Construction Complete on Mid-Block Crossing with HAWK Signal east of Oakwood: The mast arms and signal heads were recently constructed, and the signal is now fully functional.
July 8, 2016: Construction on Mid-Block Crossing with HAWK Signal Underway: Construction is slated for completion within a few weeks on the first Mid-Block Crossing at the eastern end of the ReImagine Washtenaw corridor. The crossing is east of Oakwood, adjacent to the Eastern Michigan University Campus. The improvement is by MDOT, with financial support from EMU, AAATA, and the City of Ypsilanti.
May 6, 2016: ReImagine Washtenaw and Pittsfield Charter Township Pursue Safe Pedestrian Crossings
County and Pittsfield Township representatives recently completed a pedestrian and bicyclist count over two days in April in order to explore the feasibility of one or two mid-block crossings in the vicinity of the County Service Center and Glencoe Hills apartments, located east of the Carpenter Road intersection. This area is challenging, with numerous transit users and walkers accessing the area but with inadequate safe crossing locations. The 2014 Washtenaw Avenue Corridor Study already calls for multiple crossings in the area. The report of the pedestrian count study results has been submitted to MDOT for its review and analysis, with the intention to have the area approved for one or more mid-block crossings. The report observed 705 individuals, mostly transit users, accessing the area, and 37% (260) of those individuals crossing the area mid-block (not at a marked pedestrian crossing). This is not surprising, given the excessive distance of the Carpenter Road intersection to the next marked crossing at Glencoe Crossing shopping center traffic signal (3,400 ft. distance). Several articles recently were posted by Mlive.com about this stretch of the corridor, as well: April 26th, 2016 Article.