How they voted: Ann Arbor City Council vote breakdown for October 2021
ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor council members found common ground this past month on plans for a new Border-to-Border Trail tunnel pathway and hiring a new city administrator, while defending the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. But they were divided on issues such as cutting down hundreds of trees for a luxury home subdivision, plans for widening the main access bridge to Michigan Medicine and whether to place the assistant city administrator on leave pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations against him.mlive.com
Ann Arbor OKs design costs for new Border-to-Border Trail tunnel pathway
ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor officials have OK’d a cost-sharing agreement for a proposed Border-to-Border Trail tunnel pathway linking Bandemer Park and Barton Nature Area. The railroad has worked diligently to try to blockade this path and folks work just as hard to get around it. It’s also a key piece of completing the B2B Trail between Ann Arbor and Dexter in the coming years. Currently there is no safe connection between the B2B Trail in Bandemer Park and the Barton Nature Area, and many pedestrians and cyclists illegally cross the railroad, Smith said. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Ann Arbor community solar project to begin generating energy in 2023, DTE saysAnn Arbor council votes to investigate accusations against acting city administratorAnn Arbor HR director files formal complaint against acting city administratorLooking back on the 1968 bombing of the CIA office in Ann ArborYear-long maintenance project set to begin at popular Ann Arbor dog parkmlive.com
Construction of Border-to-Border Trail tunnel path in Ann Arbor could start in 2023
ANN ARBOR, MI — A big missing link in the Border-to-Border Trail network in Ann Arbor could be addressed in the next couple years with a new tunnel pathway. “We want this to be a gateway into and out of the city of Ann Arbor as the Border-to-Border trail continues to develop,” he said. “We’re trying to connect Dexter and Ann Arbor together,” he said. For those interested in learning more about the B2B Trail, the county has launched a new website at B2BTrail.org. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Ann Arbor asks Border-to-Border Trail users to stop moving construction barricadesAnn Arbor moving forward on $820K worth of sidewalk gap projectsMain Street lane reconfiguration part of Ann Arbor Healthy Streets programActing Ann Arbor administrator plans to give staff $200K in raisesAnn Arbor mayor’s seat could be up for grabs in 2022mlive.com
Ann Arbor asks Border-to-Border Trail users to stop moving construction barricades
ANN ARBOR, MI — While part of the Border-to-Border Trail in Ann Arbor remains closed for construction, city officials are reminding runners and cyclists to follow a posted detour. People have been ignoring detour signs and moving the barricades on the popular path, city officials said, emphasizing it’s important for safety reasons and to help keep the project on track to follow the posted detour. Barricades are installed to direct trail users away from the construction to a detour along Fuller Road. “The city of Ann Arbor asks that trail users follow the posted detour as they ride, walk, rollerblade and commute along this path,” the city stated in a news release. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:‘Advisory bike lanes’ coming to 2 more Ann Arbor streets.mlive.com
City of Ann Arbor seeks input on new pedestrian project in Bandemer Park area
ANN ARBOR – Having just completed the Allen Creek Railroad Berm Project, the city of Ann Arbor is now setting its sights on the creation of a new pedestrian tunnel beneath the railroad near Bandemer Park. City officials and Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission staff will hold a public online meeting Wednesday, Dec. 2 to share project goals, refined design based on feedback from residents and the feasibility study recommendations. They will also open up the meeting for public comment after their presentation. City and county officials will also share a proposal to extend the Border-to-Border Trail through Barton Nature Area. For more information about the project, click here.
City of Ann Arbor seeks input on Gallup Park vehicle bridge
ANN ARBOR The city of Ann Arbor is asking the public for its input on ways to improve the Gallup Park vehicle bridge and surrounding park roads and trails. Through a 13-question survey, community members can offer up their thoughts on what they like and dislike about the vehicle bridge as well as adjacent segments of park road and the Border-to-Border trail. According to Hillary Hanzel, a park planner and landscape architect with the city of Ann Arbor, the survey is intended to help shape the direction of the project based on the experiences of those who actively use the park. Responses to the open-ended survey questions will help the city gather a wide range of responses, concerns and ideas about the project area and community needs. In the fall, community members will be able to view draft designs based on public input.