Barton Drive Resurfacing and Water Main Replacement Project

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May 8, 2020 update: Barton Drive Water Main Replacement and Resurfacing Project will soon begin.  Traffic Control will be set up during the week of May 18, and the detour will be starting after Memorial Day, see attached.  For the first phase of the project, all traffic between M14 and Pontiac will be closed to through traffic, and only open to local traffic.  Both ramps at M14 will remain open.  Between M14 and Brede, traffic will be two-way for local residents, but be closed at Brede.  Residents west of Brede will have to use the detour.  The city is doing this to prevent other traffic from trying to use Barton Drive.  Once this condition is learned, we will be able to open the closure at Brede so residents west of Brede can travel to Pontiac.  Between Brede and Pontiac, there will be one lane open to local traffic in the eastbound direction.  Therefore, when returning home, residents will have to travel through neighborhood streets to a point west of their residence and travel eastbound. 

Temporary Traffic Control Plan:

Beginning 7 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2020, Barton Drive will be closed to thru traffic between eastbound ramps to M14 to Pontiac Trail. The detour will utilize Whitmore Lake Road, Warren Road, Gleaner Hall Road and Pontiac Trail in both directions. The ramps to M14 will remain open for the duration of the project. Local traffic will be maintained as described above.​

For the safety of all, please reduce speeds and drive cautiously through the construction zone. We thank you in advance for your patience.

Staking of removals and utilities will also start the week of May 18.  Please do not remove or disturb the stakes, as they provide important information to the Contractor. 

The Contractor is Bailey Excavating, Inc.  The City Inspector is Karl Shuler, and you may reach out to him in the field, or to me by phone or email, with any questions you have.  Please adhere to the 6 foot social distancing when speaking to anyone on the job site.

At Monday, May 4, 2020 City Council meeting, Resolutions 4 for the sidewalk gaps between Brede and Pontiac and near the intersection of Starwick were passed, so we will also be installing new sidewalk with this project.​

Barton Drive Sidewalk Gap Special Assessment Status, May 4, 2020

Barton Drive Sidewalk Gap Special Assessment Administrative Hearing, Jan. 23, 2020

Northside STEAM Open House Dec. 16, 2019
December 2019 Engagement Outcome STEAM Open House (PDF)

Zone 2 Field Meeting Oct. 14, 2019​​​

Public meeting Sept. 19, 2019 ​​ and related engagement


Tentative Construction Schedule: 
April – November 2020​​

Project limits​

Why is this project being done?

The existing water mains are undersized and require an upgrade to increase capacity and hydrant flow.  Also, the current condition of the pavement at some of these locations is poor and in need of replacement.

Work to be done

  • The existing water main will be replaced with a larger water main to increase capacity

  • The existing pavement will be replaced from M-14 to Pontiac.

  • Some existing curb, sidewalk and ramps will be replaced for Americans​ with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance.

  • Some safety improvement features are being considered including new bike lanes, filling sidewalk gaps, installing new crosswalks, and altering intersection configuration (particularly at Chandler and at Starwick). Please consult the special assessment process and contacts guide (PDF) for more information about sidewalk gap special assessments. 

Possible impact to residents

  • Barton Drive will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the construction.  Driveway access for local traffic will be maintained, but may include delay during working hours.  Cross street traffic will be maintained as much as possible.

  • Water service will be interrupted for short durations during water main installation. Disruptions will be limited, and residents will be informed in advance. 

  • General noise and dust from equipment, particularly during site excavation.

  • Property owners adjacent to new infrastructure features such as curb and gutter or sidewalks will be specially assessed for the cost of those items. Sidewalk installation is dependent upon the public engagement outcome and City Council approval.

Costs and funding source

City Street, Bridge, and Sidewalk Millage and Drinking Water Fund will fund the majority of the work on this project.  For any new sidewalks or curb and gutter constructed as part of the project, adjacent property owners will be specially assessed according to City Code Chapter 13.

Sidewalk ​method of protest

Chapter 13 of the City Code addresses Special Assessments. Section 1:290 provides for the following: “Any person aggrieved by the special assessment roll or the necessity of the improvement may file objections to the roll in writing with the Clerk prior to the close of the hearing. The written objections shall specify in what respect the person believes him or herself aggrieved. No original assessment roll shall be confirmed except by the affirmative vote of 8 members of the Council if prior to the confirmation written objections to the proposed improvement have been filed by the owners of property which will be required to bear over 50% of the amount of the special assessment."

The property owners affected who do wish to file their objection can submit to the Clerk's office by signing, scanning and sending a note to the Clerk with the above information, or they can drop off a hard copy at City Hall in the north foyer in the red, white, & blue ballot box for City Clerk.​

​Project ​manager
Jane Allen, P.E.
Larcom City Hall, Fourth Floor
301 East Huron
Ann Arbor, MI  48104​
734.794.6410 x43678