On April 22, elected officials, planners and engineers assembled to perform an MDOT sponsored walking audit of Washtenaw Avenue in Pittsfield and Ypsilanti Townships. Walkability audits are designed to help community officials and other stakeholders realize the benefits of providing a safe and attractive environment for walking.
MDOT’s audit team included renowned experts Peter Lagerway and Hannah Remtema.
The audit team faced a number of issues challenging pedestrians such as incomplete sidewalks, narrow separation from vehicles and a lack of safe crossing opportunities. The results of the audit will help the Reimagine Washtenaw team as the project moves towards implementation. In 2015 Community Development Block Grant funds will be used to fill in some of the sidewalk gaps that exist along the corridor.