US-23 Nonmotorized Underpass Ribbon Cutting this Friday at 10am!

Local and County government officials, business leaders, and representatives from the Michigan Department of Transportation have scheduled a ribbon cutting for Friday, June 7th, from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m., to celebrate the completion of a non-motorized path improvement. The 10 ft. wide path improvement provides an off-road path for bikers and pedestrians to more safely traverse the US-23 interchange at Washtenaw Ave. The new path runs from Yost near Arborland Mall under US-23 to Carpenter Road, and is between the City of Ann Arbor and Pittsfield Township. The ribbon cutting will take place along the section of path nearest the Chili's Parking lot in Arborland. 

"We are thrilled to see this improvement completed, as this area was especially challenging for pedestrians to navigate. This is a good example of MDOT's commitment to the ReImagine Washtenaw vision to create a more safe, walkable corridor, by providing reasonable accommodation to non-motorized modes of transportation," said ReImagine Washtenaw Project Manager, Nathan Voght. "This ribbon cutting event will allow all ReImagine Washtenaw stakeholders to gather and celebrate the occasion." 

"The Michigan Department of Transportation is looking forward to continuing its collaboration with the ReImagine Washtenaw initiative, to ensure future improvements address both MDOT's needs, and also the community's vision for the corridor," says Mark Sweeney, MDOT Brighton TSC Manager. 

Also attending the ribbon cutting will be representatives from the newly formed association of businesses near this stretch of the corridor within the City of Ann Arbor. The new business association is called Washtenaw Avenue Merchant Association, or WAMA. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided by Hiller's, one of WAMA's founding business members. 

ReImagine Washtenaw is a multi-jurisdictional land use planning and public transit initiative to transform the corridor from auto-focused, to a safe, multi-modal, public transit-enhanced corridor, with new, high-quality mixed-use development, enhanced transit service and amenities, resulting in a corridor with sense of place. Professional staff planners and elected officials from the Cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti and Pittsfield and Ypsilanti Townships have been leading this effort. Additional partners, including the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, Michigan Department of Transportation, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study, are also collaborating to take the county's most congested and auto-centric road, and turn it in to a high-functioning, multi-modal corridor. For more information contact Nathan Voght, in the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development, at or 734-222-3860, or visit the Reimagine Washtenaw website.