South Main Street Asphalt Paths 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 South Main Street regarding asphalt path 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


South Main Street Asphalt Paths

(West Eisenhower Parkway to Ann Arbor-Saline Road)

Project Overview

Next week the City of Ann Arbor will begin construction to rehabilitate the asphalt paths along South Main Street between West Eisenhower Parkway and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd as part of the citywide 2020 Street Resurfacing Project. Work will include:

  • Crushing and shaping of the existing asphalt paths and using that material as a base to support the new asphalt path pavement that will be placed to provide a smoother surface and increase the service life of these non-motorized facilities.
  • Replacing 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 4 weeks, weather permitting. In advance of the construction start the contractor will be placing temporary construction signing and silt fence erosion control and drain inlet filtering devices.

Construction Phasing and Maintenance of Traffic

The contractor will complete construction in phases and work on one side of the street while detouring pedestrian traffic to the opposite side. Work will start on the west side path with pedestrians being detoured to the east side and vice versa once work moves to the east side. When working along the east side between East Eisenhower Parkway and West Oakbrook Drive pedestrian traffic will be directed to use the path connection west of South Main Street that runs between East Eisenhower Parkway and West Oakbrook Drive and connects with Cranbrook Park north of West Oakbrook Drive.

During construction, the contractor will place intermittent lane closures on South Main Street in either the northbound or southbound direction and shift traffic into the center turn lane. Flagging operations will also be utilized at times.

The contractor will maintain access to properties for the majority of the project. Temporary vehicular access restrictions may occur while loading/unloading construction materials and when performing work directly adjacent to driveways.

Impacts to Property Owners and/or Occupants

Crushing and shaping of the existing asphalt path will generally include ±1 foot of disturbance along both sides of the path. 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 path, please contact the Project Manager listed below and arrange for these facilities to be marked in advance of the construction. Although privately owned features should not be buried in the public right-of-way (generally the area between the street and the path and directly behind the path), we will proceed with caution during construction 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.

The contractor will trim back tree limbs and other vegetation directly adjacent to either side of the path that it could potentially damage with its equipment during construction. This could involve trees located on private property. Please contact the Project Manager if there are any concerns with this work.

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


The City of Ann Arbor Bridge, Sidewalk and Street Millage is funding the project work on these asphalt paths.

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.

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.

South Main Ann Arbor Asphalt Paths notice July 2020 (Part 1)
South Main Ann Arbor Asphalt Paths notice July 2020 (Part 2)