US-23 Project Update

MDOT is in the process of publishing findings of its Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Active Travel Management project along US-23.  When the significance of impacts of a transportation project proposal is uncertain, an EA is prepared to assist in making this determination.  The EA will evaluate the merits of the project, consequences of doing nothing, and of several other potential alternatives.

The EA was submitted to Federal Highway for review, and the findings will be published and available for comment later this winter, once the review process is complete.  The comment period will include a public meeting where citizens can ask questions and provide feedback on the EA's findings.

WATS will publish future meeting dates as they become available.  Keep up to date and learn more at MDOT's US-23 project website.

US 23 Active Travel Management Project Summary

In 2016-17, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is proposing improvements along a busy corridor in the Ann Arbor/Brighton area. The project includes:

  • Pavement repairs along US-23 between the western US-23/M-14 split  and  Silver Lake Road, including upgrading the median shoulder along US-23 between M-14 and M-36/9 Mile Road  
  • Bridge replacement at 6 Mile Road, 8 Mile Road and N. Territorial Road
  • Bridge widening at Barker Road and at the railroad bridge
  • Bridge repair at Joy Road and Warren Road
  • Ramp upgrades at N. Territorial Road, 6 Mile Road, 8 Mile Road and at M-36
  • Installation of additional Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) hardware, including cameras and electronic message boards
  • As part of the project, MDOT is proposing an Active Traffic Management system along US-23 between M-14 and M-36 that uses innovative technology to manage incidents and peak-hour congestion.

This system will utilize the upgraded median shoulders on US-23 to help improve traffic flow and increase safety along the corridor.  Lane control signs would let drivers know when the system is active. The system would be monitored by MDOT’s Statewide Transportation Operations Center (STOC), through the use of expanded ITS technology and with assistance by the Freeway Courtesy Patrol (FCP)