Archived News Release: August 4, 2020 - The City of Ann Arbor, working alongside the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (DDA), will reconfigure several city streets beginning the week of Aug. 10, 2020, to implement City Council's commitment to vision zero, carbon neutrality, equity and access. These changes are part of the city's Healthy Streets pilot program and the DDA's People Friendly Streets project. These changes will be in place through Nov. 10, during which time DDA and city staff will monitor the effectiveness of the road alterations. The streets that will undergo this treatment are:
Miller Avenue/Catherine Street from First Street to Division Street — Removal of turning lanes and parking; addition of two-way separated bikeway on the north side of the street.
Division Street — Two-way separated bikeway from Packard to Broadway Street and across the bridge.
South Main Street from William to Packard — Removal of turn lanes to continue; addition of separated one-way bike lanes.
South Main Street from Packard to Stadium — Converting outside lanes from Packard south creating space for physical distancing and use by pedestrians and cyclists.
State Street/North University Avenue — Connection of William Street bikeway to North University bike lanes with separated two-way cycle facility added.
State Street/North University to Liberty — Eliminate turn lane and create space for physical distancing.
Packard Street from State Street to Hill Street — Removal of turn lanes and addition of a separated bike lane in each direction.
Packard Street from Eisenhower to Platt — Closing the outside vehicle lanes to facilitate physical distancing and use by pedestrians and cyclists.
Broadway Street — Two-way separated bikeway on the east side of bridge; potential future additional pedestrian space on the west of bridge.
Pontiac Street/Swift — Convert traffic lane to create separated bike lane completing bicycle connection from Pontiac to Broadway and pilot separated bikeway.
Swift Street to close at Wright through Pontiac; safety improvement for the pilot period.
As part of the 90-day monitoring program, city staff will measure the safety, effectiveness and usage of:
Traffic volume (pre- and post).
Traffic speeds (pre- and post).
Bicycle counts (usage).
Crash reports (AAPD).
Direct field operation and adjustments.
In addition, staff will be sharing ways the public can provide feedback on the benefits and any concerns. Visit the program website to learn more and to subscribe for updates: https://www.a2gov.org/departments/systems-planning/planning-areas/transportation/Pages/Healthy-Streets-Program.aspx.
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