Scio Church Road Improvements Project

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S. Seventh Street/Scio Church Intersection

Re-construction of the S. Seventh Street/Scio Church intersection is underway. The intersection design (Concept 4, see below) is based on feedback from the public workshop (March 13, 2019), online survey (March 4 through 17, 2019), and additional engineering analysisn.


Benefits of this treatment include:
  • The median minimizes the exposed distance for pedestrians crossing S. Seventh Street, south of Scio Church Service Drive, by providing a refuge island;
  • The median addresses complicated travel interaction among traffic at Scio Church, Scio Church Service Drive and S. Seventh Street intersection by restricting left turns or through traffic from the service drive to S. Seventh Street
  • The median enforces that left turns from Scio Church Road to northbound S. Seventh Street would only be made from the left turn lane, rather than queue jumping using an illegal U-turn movement;
  • The median eliminates cut-through traffic along Scio Church Service Drive;
  • The added left-turn lane for northbound S. Seventh Street increases intersection capacity for vehicles; in conjunction with recent signal changes this improves vehicle operations.
  • The removed curb extensions on the southwest and southeast corners address lane alignment for southbound Seventh Street.

 ​Dec. 4, 2018 Update:

Due to the early onset of colder weather and the impacts of the labor dispute between the Michigan Transportation and Infrastructure Associated and the Operating Engineer's Local 324, the City of Ann Arbor has determined it is no longer possible to complete the Scio Church Improvements Project in a manner consistent with good construction practices and quality workmanship. To that end, the city has decided to “winterize" the project area, Scio Church Road from South Main Street to South Seventh Street, until spring 2019 when the weather will be conducive to performing the remaining construction activities.

As of Dec. 4, Scio Church is re-opened to traffic in both directions. ​

Why is this project being done?

The current condition of the pavement on Scio Church between 7th Street and Main Street is in poor condition and is in need of replacement. There are gaps in the sidewalk that prohibit the movement of pedestrians within the project limits.    


Public Input and Design: Fall 2016 thru June 2017

Construction Schedule: Early Spring, 2018 thru Summer 2018

Work To Be Done

  • Street Resurfacing
  • Road Dieting
  • Filling Sidewalk Gaps
  • Potential Bio-infiltration

Possible Impact to Residents and/or Businesses

Scio Church may potentially be closed to thru traffic during construction. Traffic detours will be posted. Access will be maintained at all times for homes fronting Scio Church and also for all side streets with access limited to Scio Church only.

General noise and dust generated by excavation of the site and the equipment that must work in the area.

Costs and Funding Source

  • The City will be receiving Federal Surface Transportation funds to apply to 80% of the construction costs.
  • City Street Millage will fund the items of work pertaining to the street resurfacing


Construction​ drawing (PDF)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 public meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 public meeting

Michael Nearing
734.794.6410 ext. 43635 
Larcom City Hall
301 E. Huron St., Fourth Floor
Ann Arbor​, MI 48104​