Boardwalk Drive (East Eisenhower Parkway to Northerly End) Construction starts July 20th

Jul 15, 2020 | Construction

The following construction notice was circulated on July 14, 2020 to affected property owners/residents along/near Boardwalk Drive regarding resurfacing work planned to begin next week.

I have copied the text of the letter below, as well as images of the original letter.

As the letter states, to receive email updates from the City about this project, please email the project manager David Dykman at


Boardwalk Drive (East Eisenhower Parkway to Northerly End)

Project Overview

Next week the City of Ann Arbor will begin construction on Boardwalk Drive as part of the citywide 2020 Street Resurfacing Project. Work will include:

  • Full depth removal and replacement of the asphalt pavement to eliminate potholes, provide a smoother driving surface, and increase the service life of the roadway.
  • Replacing storm water inlets, segments of concrete curb, areas of concrete sidewalk, and upgrading or installing new concrete sidewalk ramps (as required to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act standards).

Construction staking, videotaping, and “Miss Dig” utility markings (colored flags and paint markings) may have occurred recently and will continue throughout construction. These provide important information to the construction crews – please do not disturb.


On Monday, July 20, 2020, the project contractor, Cadillac Asphalt, and its subcontractors will start construction and expect to complete the work in approximately 6 weeks, weather permitting. In advance of the construction start the contractor will be placing temporary construction signing and filtering devices in the curb inlet drains.

Construction Phasing and Maintenance of Traffic

The contractor will complete construction in phases and work on one-half of the roadway at a time while maintaining vehicular traffic on the other half.

During construction, the contractor will close Boardwalk Drive in the northbound direction between East Eisenhower Parkway and Oakbrook Drive. During this closure, the contractor will detour traffic westerly on East Eisenhower Parkway, northerly on South State Street, and easterly on Oakbrook Drive back to Boardwalk Drive. The contractor will maintain one-way traffic on Boardwalk Drive between East Eisenhower Parkway and Oakbrook Drive with one lane operating in the southbound direction. It will also maintain two-way traffic on Boardwalk Drive north of Oakbrook Drive to the northerly end.

The contractor will maintain pedestrian traffic and detour it as required. It will also maintain access to properties for the majority of the project. Temporary vehicular access restrictions may occur while loading/unloading construction materials, when performing driveway approach work at some properties, and during the removal and placement of the asphalt pavement.

Impacts to Property Owners and/or Occupants

Driveways will remain accessible during the project except during certain construction activities. Where the contractor needs to remove and replace the concrete curb opening and/or approach it will also need to restrict driveway access for 3 to 4 days while the concrete cures. Where properties are accessible from more than one location the contractor will alternate work and completely close one location while keeping the other(s) open until the work at each is complete. If, due to special circumstances, you require uninterrupted access, please contact the City in advance.

Concrete curb and gutter replacement will generally include 1 to 2 feet of excavation in the directly adjacent public right-of-way. The contractor will restore all damaged lawn areas resulting from this work. If you are aware of an underground sprinkler system or any other buried feature(s) near the roadway, please contact the Project Manager listed below. Although privately owned features should not be buried in the public right-of-way (generally the area directly behind the curb), we will proceed with caution during excavation if brought to our attention in advance. Unfortunately, if we damage privately owned features buried in the public right-of-way we may not be able to make repairs or provide reimbursement.

Unfortunately, the construction will generate some dust, noise, and other possible inconveniences. We will do what we can to minimize these.

The City and contractor will work together to maintain refuse/recycling/compost collection, utility services, and mail delivery throughout the project duration. Please place your refuse/recycle/compost bins in their normal location(s) the night before your scheduled pick-up.


The Washtenaw County Road Millage is funding the project work on Boardwalk Drive.

Staying Informed

We will use an e-mail notification list to inform those interested in the progress of the project work and will provide project updates and other important notices to those on this list. If you wish to be included, please contact the Project Manager with your e-mail address. The contractor will also distribute notices door to door in advance of work impacting driveways, pavement removal and replacement activities, and any other significant project work that may directly impact property owners/occupants within the project limits. Please watch for these.

You may also check the Construction Project webpage at for periodic updates. While there, please consider signing up to receive road or lane closure alerts via email or text.

Please contact the Project Manager with any project related questions or concerns:

David Dykman, P.E., 734-794-6410 ext. 43685,


At the Project Site: Call the city inspectors, Gary Shivley (734-765-8154) or Carl Emmons (517-605-9342) or look for the city van.

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation during this improvement project.

Boardwalk Drive Ann Arbor resurfacing note July 2020 (part 1)
Boardwalk Drive Ann Arbor resurfacing note July 2020 (part 2)