The following streets will receive soft closures as part of the 2021 program. Similar to last year, the city will install a barricade with signage indicating no through traffic and a bike/pedestrian warning sign for Healthy Streets. Additional warning signs will be installed at the intersecting cross-streets. Posters will be set up at the ends of each section of roadway as notice of the proposed changes. A neighborhood could opt-out if 20% of people living along the street indicate they are not interested in the Healthy Street soft closure treatment. These changes are expected to be in place until November to prepare for winter operations.
Lane reconfigurations will also require changes to recycling, compost and trash cart placements. When there is a buffer zone, carts will be serviced from the buffer. When there is no buffer zone, carts should be placed on the extension. City vehicles will drive in bike lanes while servicing carts that are placed on the extension so that bicyclists can't squeeze in between the truck and the garbage carts, placing themselves in harms way.
The 2021 reconfigurations include the following streets:
South Main Street (William to Stadium) – the reconfiguration is for a three-lane cross-section with protected bike lanes on both sides of the street, a vehicular travel lane in both directions, and a center turn lane. This deployment is proposed to be temporary and will be removed in the Fall.
Packard Street (Hill to State) – this deployment would remove left turn lanes at Packard/State and Packard/Hill to install bike lanes. The deployment will be permanent.
Packard Street (Eisenhower to eastern City limits) – the reconfiguration is for a five-lane cross section with bike lanes on both sides of the street, two vehicular travel lanes in both directions, and a center turn lane. The vehicular travel lanes will be narrowed to accommodate the bike lanes and the posted speed limit may be lowered. This deployment will be permanent.
Other deployments from last year including Division St, Catherine St/Miller Ave, and State St are being explored by the DDA through a separate but coordinated effort known as People Friendly Streets. Visit https://www.a2dda.org/people-friendly-streets for more information.
2021 Healthy Streets survey
The City of Ann Arbor completed a survey to gather input regarding the possibility of bringing back the Healthy Streets program for 2021. The public's input, both for and against, were taken into account in the decision-making process, along with other factors such as safety, connectivity, equity, feasibility, cost and street jurisdiction or ownership.
The complete public input results are available, as well as a copy of the Engineering Design plans for 2021 Healthy Streets deployments.
Background and resources