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Update

Construction Update December 6, 2016

Construction on Geddes Avenue is complete for the winter and the road is open to traffic.

The contractor will need to return in the spring to complete restoration work, but that work will be performed under traffic with intermittent lane closures only.

Project A​​​rea

Geddes Avenue from Huntington to Huron Parkway.ReconstructionLimits.jpg

​Background​

Geddes Avenue is a two-lane asphalt road that serves commuters, residential properties, and Gallup Park (non-motorized connection).  This rolling, tree-lined road hosts scenic views and well-kept residential properties, some which currently remain as Ann Arbor Township parcels. Traffic volumes here average 5,000-8,000 vehicles per day, and curb and gutter is limited. 

The City has contracted Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc. to provide professional consulting engineering services for Geddes Avenue Improvements. The project will include reconstruction of the failing roadway and will provide sanitary sewer service to Geddes Ave properties currently not served. Connection to the sewer service will result in improvement charges for the affected homeowners making a first time connection.

Community engagement opportunities will be provided throughout the process to gather feedback that will help guide the extent and scope of the improvements, and to incorporate the desires of the community and address potential concerns.

At a minimum, we anticipate that the project will result in the following improvements:

  • Reconstruction of the existing pavement to eliminate wheel rutting (hydroplaning), potholes and road edge deterioration

  • Stabilization of the slope along the curve near Geddes Ridge Avenue to address sloughing and accommodate desired non-motorized facilities and possible guardrail installation.

  • Increased safety for pedestrians on foot, bicyclists, and universal accessibility for those with disabilities.  Incorporation of non-motorized transportation elements as called for in the Non-Motorized Transportation Plan and consistent with efforts to improve non-motorized connections throughout the City.

  • Design of a stormwater management system to comply with the requirements of the Green Streets Policy. Stormwater management facilities will reduce rainwater from the road from entering adjacent properties and pollutants from entering the Huron River.

  • Provide sanitary services to properties not currently served therefore alleviating the dependence on septic systems. 
    April 2015 update: Sanitary service for properties along Riverview Dr. had previously been discussed as part of the Geddes Ave. Improvements. Sanitary service for Riverview Drive will be pursued as a separate, future project.

  • Provide water services to properties not currently served. Expansion of water service will allow improved fire protection and alleviate the dependence on tanker trucks for northern properties in this area. Connection to the water main will result in improvement charges for the affected homeowners making a first time connection.
    April 2015 update: Water service for properties along Riverview Dr. had previously been discussed as part of the Geddes Ave. Improvements. Water service for Riverview Drive will be pursued as a separate, future project.

Anticipated Project Schedule

  • Project kick-off and preliminary public engagement/ information gathering – Spring 2014
  • Project construction  – Summer 2015 and 2016 likel into spring of 2017.  

Community Engagement 

City Council Meeting
July 20, 2015

Update Ap​ril 2015

  • Information regarding Special Assessments: Resolution No. 1 - Geddes Avenue Storm Water and Curb and Gutter.
    This resolution was tabled at the March 16 City Council meeting. Approval of this resolution would have authorized staff to prepare the information necessary to begin working with residents potentially subject to special assessment. As part of the special assessment process staff would return to City Council with resolutions No. 2 and 3 including individual costs and Public Hearing information. This resolution is not a request for approval of the Geddes Avenue Improvements design plans. Council’s opportunity to take action on the project as designed (approve, or disapprove) is provided at the time that the contract for construction is presented to City Council (currently anticipated July 2015).
  • Information regarding potential funding for water quality improvement elements: Resolution to Petition the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner to Improve Geddes Road; Approved March 16, 2015.
    This resolution allows the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner (WCWRC) to seek low-interest funding from the State Revolving Fund (SRF) for water quality improvement elements of the Geddes Avenue Improvement Project. This resolution does not approve the Geddes Avenue Improvement Project design plans.

Update October​​ 2014 

Resident Open Ho​​​use Meetings -- October 7 and 9, 2014

On-site Resident Meeting​s --  August 9, 2014

Community-wide Meeting ​1  --  May 29, 2014

Resident Meetings -- Marc​​h 31 to April 3, 2014

Other Resources​​

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Project Manager Brian Slizewski
734.794.6410 ext. 43607 
Larcom City Hall
301 E. Huron St., Fourth F​loor
Ann Arbor​, MI 48104
bslizewski@a2gov.org