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Road improvements to close several Ann Arbor streets through May

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Drivers in downtown Ann Arbor will have to find alternative routes as scheduled road work around North and South Ashley streets will close several streets over the next few months.

The closures began on Monday and will include streetscape, paving and utility improvements, according to the city.

Although many streets will be closed to through traffic, some local traffic will be maintained for businesses in the area.

Here’s which roads will be worked on:

First and Kingsley streets from Miller Avenue to Ashley Street: March 8 to May 31

Drivers heading west on Kingsley Street will be detoured south on North Ashley Street, west on Miller Avenue and back to First Street. Local traffic will be maintained between Ashley and Miller, according to the city.

The roads are anticipated to reopen by 5 p.m. on May 31.

Ashley Street from Liberty to Huron: March 8 to May 31

On Monday, South Ashley Street was reduced to one lane from just south of Liberty Street to Huron Street. Currently, traffic is only allowed to travel north on the single lane.

Officials expect to reopen all lanes and the work to be completed by 5 p.m. on May 31.

Ashley Street at Washington Street: March 8 to March 20

Both Ashley and Washington streets leading up to the Ashley and Washington intersection are closed, according to the city.

Traffic traveling north on Ashley street is detoured east on Liberty Street, north on Fourth Avenue and then west on Huron Street.

Vehicles heading both east and west on Washington will experience detours. Eastbound traffic on Washington Street will follow the detour south on First Street, east on Liberty Street and north on Fourth Avenue before returning to Washington. Westbound traffic will travel south on First Street, west on North Street and then south on First Street.

Work in this area is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. on March 20, according to the city.

Ashley Street from Liberty to Washington: March 11 to March 20

Beginning at 7 a.m. on March 11, Ashley Street will close from Liberty to Washington Street.

Northbound vehicles will be detoured east on Liberty Street, north on Fourth Avenue and west on Huron Street before returning to Ashley.

This road work may be completed by 5 p.m. on March 20, officials say. The road will reopen to one lane of traffic.

Liberty Street from First Street to Main Street: March 15 to May 31

Except from March 22 to March 24, the Eastbound lane of Liberty will be closed for streetscape improvements at the Ashley Street intersection and in support of outdoor dining.

Drivers will be detoured south on First Street, east on William Street and north on Fourth Avenue before returning to Liberty Street.

Local traffic between First Street and Fourth Avenue, through traffic on Ashley Street (except from March 22 to March 24) and left turns onto Liberty Street will all be maintained during the work.

The road is expected to reopen to vehicle traffic by 5 pp.m. on May 31, officials said.

Washington Street from Main Street to First Street: March 20 to May 31

Beginning a 7 a.m., westbound traffic on Washington will be closed from Main to First for streetscape improvement at the Ashley Street intersection and in anticipation of increased outdoor dining.

Westbound drivers on Washington Street will take a detour heading north on Fourth Avenue, west on Huron Street, south on First Street and then head back to Washington Street.

Local traffic between Fourth Avenue and First Street and through traffic on Ashley Street will be maintained.

Work is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 31.

Ashley Street at Liberty Street: March 22 to March 24

Beginning March 22, both Ashley and Liberty streets leading up to the Ashley and Liberty intersection will be closed to through traffic but local access will be maintained.

Traffic heading north on South Ashley will take a detour going east on William Street, north on Fourth Avenue, then west on Washington Street. Eastbound traffic on Liberty Street will be detoured south on First Street, east on William Street and north on Fourth Avenue.

Work is anticipated to be completed by 5 p.m. on March 24.

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Sarah has worked for WDIV since June 2018. She covers community events, good eats and small businesses in Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics from Grand Valley State University.