Granger Ave (South State to Packard) Construction starts Aug 19th

Aug 17, 2020 | Construction

The following construction notice was circulated on Aug 14, 2020 to affected property owners/residents along/near Granger Avenue regarding resurfacing work planned to begin Aug 19, 2020.

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

I posted about the public meetings for this project here:


Granger Avenue (South State Street to Packard Street)

Project Overview

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

  • Removing the temporary pavement placed as part of the DTE Energy electrical conduit bank project; removing the remainder of existing asphalt pavement outside the DTE Energy project limits; removing the remainder of concrete roadway base and replacing it with a gravel base; and placing a new asphalt pavement throughout the project corridor.
  • Removing and replacing of the concrete curb and gutter, driveway curb openings and approach aprons, and storm water drain inlets; crosswalk modifications; and upgrading or installing new concrete sidewalk ramps and adjacent sidewalks (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 Wednesday, August 19, 2020, the project contractor, Cadillac Asphalt, and its subcontractors expect to start construction and complete the work related to this phase 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.

Impacts to Residents

During the project driveways will remain accessible except for certain construction activities. When the contractor removes and replaces concrete curb openings and aprons, it will also need to restrict driveway access for 4 to 7 days while the concrete cures. During this period residents will need to park their vehicle(s) on an adjacent side street during working hours (7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday – Saturday). The contractor will work with residents to allow parking within the work zone in front of or close by their property during non-working hours. If, due to special circumstances, you require uninterrupted driveway access or parking directly adjacent to your residence, please contact the City in advance.

Concrete curb and gutter, and driveway apron 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, invisible fence, 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.

Due to the proposed construction activities, it will be necessary for the City to restrict parking and have our contractor place temporary “No Parking” signs along these streets so that work can proceed in a timely manner. The parking restrictions will be in effect from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., except Sundays and holidays.

Unfortunately, the construction will generate 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.

Maintenance of Traffic

During construction the contractor will close Granger Avenue to thru traffic and detour it via Packard Street, East Stadium Boulevard, South Industrial Parkway, Stimson Street, and South State Street. The contractor will maintain local vehicular traffic and access to residences. It will complete construction in stages and work on one-half of the roadway at a time while maintaining vehicular traffic in the eastbound direction of travel on the other half. Work will start on the north side of the Granger Avenue.

Temporary vehicular access restrictions may occur during the following construction activities 1) loading/unloading of construction materials 2) the removal and installation of concrete driveway openings and approach aprons, and 3) the removal and replacement of roadway base and asphalt pavement.

Pedestrian traffic will be maintained and detoured at times, as required.


The City of Ann Arbor Bridge, Sidewalk and Street Millage together with funds provided by DTE Energy are financing this street work.

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 to front doors in advance of work impacting driveways, pavement removal and replacement activities, and any other significant project work that may directly impact residents. 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.

Granger Ann Arbor resurfacing note Aug 2020 (part 1)
Granger Ann Arbor resurfacing note Aug 2020 (part 2)