US-12 (Michigan Avenue) project in Ypsilanti Township scheduled to begin in early May

Contact: Rob Morosi, MDOT Office of Communications, 248-483-5107
Agency: Transportation

Fast facts:

  •  MDOT will resurface approximately 2 miles of US-12 and 1 mile of Wiard Road near the American Center for Mobility (ACM) at the historic Willow Run factory.
  • Work includes reconfiguring US-12 and Wiard Road from divided boulevards to undivided roads to accommodate testing for ACM.
  • All work on this $15.1 million investment is scheduled to be completed in November.               

April 24, 2017 -- The conversion of US-12 (Michigan Avenue) and Wiard Road from boulevards to undivided roads in Wayne and Washtenaw counties is expected to begin in early May 1, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). These changes will allow for advance testing capabilities for connected and automated vehicles at the American Center for Mobility (ACM), a nonprofit testing and product development facility at the site of the historic Willow Run factory. All work on this $15.1 million investment is scheduled to be completed in November.

The re-purposing of US-12 includes widening eastbound US-12 between Ecorse Road and Airport Industrial Drive to accommodate two-way traffic with two lanes in each direction. Westbound US-12 will become part of the ACM testing facility. Wiard Road will carry two-way traffic (one lane in each direction) on the current southbound roadway from just north of Tyler Road to US-12, allowing northbound Wiard Road to become part of the ACM testing facility.

Included in this project is resurfacing approximately 2 miles of US-12 between Ecorse and Gates roads, and 1 mile of Wiard Road between Tyler Road and US-12. Other US-12 improvements include bridge repair, safety upgrades at the Dorsett Avenue intersection, and installation of new traffic signals at Ecorse and Wiard roads.   

Project area map: https://goo.gl/mNTmSb.