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Washtenaw-Huron curve to be closed two weekends

A major Ann Arbor thoroughfare is scheduled to be closed two weekends in May in order to erect a new elevated pedestrian bridge across Washtenaw Avenue, University Planner Susan Gott says.

The curve at Washtenaw Avenue and Huron Street will be closed 8 p.m. May 9 through 6 a.m. May 12, as well as 8 p.m. May 16 through 6 a.m. May 19. Traffic will be detoured to Fletcher Street and North University Avenue.

"We'll be erecting precast beams for the pedestrian bridge, placing the foundations for the new traffic signal at Palmer Drive and Washtenaw, and installing an underground water line while we have the road closed," Gott says.

In addition, the roadway will be reduced to one lane in each direction during weekday hours (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) from late May through late June in order to install the stone cladding on the bridge.

The pedestrian bridge and restoration to the center median are scheduled to be completed this fall.

"The new pedestrian bridge will be a welcome addition to our community. It will serve as a vital link for pedestrians and bicycle riders to safely cross a very busy street when moving between our medical and central campuses," Gott says.

The bridge will be 17 feet above the street, vary from 10 to 22 feet in width, span 277 feet and connect to the new Commons Building. The design, which is provided by Venturi Scott Brown & Associates and the SmithGroup, includes gentle grade changes to accommodate people walking, those in wheelchairs or people riding bicycles.

"We've been planning this phase of the construction project for many months," Gott says. "Officials at the city of Ann Arbor and Michigan Department of Transportation have been very helpful as we've planned the logistics for bringing in the 90-foot concrete beams."

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