Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, May 13, 2011

Construction projects to affect traffic on parts of Central Campus

A pair of Central Campus construction projects will change traffic patterns for some drivers beginning next week.

Hill Street, Monroe Street and Oakland Avenue

Westbound Hill Street traffic between Tappan and South State streets is scheduled to be detoured Monday through May 20 to accommodate underground utility work for the new Law School Academic Building.

During this time, westbound Hill Street traffic will be directed to use northbound East University Avenue or northbound Tappan Street to westbound South University Avenue, southbound South State Street back to Hill.

Hill Street is expected to be congested as a result of the detour. Therefore, alternate routes such as Washtenaw Avenue/Huron Street, East University Avenue, North University Avenue or Packard Road should be considered.

Related to this is the temporary conversion of Oakland Avenue between Hill and Monroe streets to one-way northbound, local traffic only, as well as the conversion of Monroe Street between Oakland Avenue and Tappan Street to one-way eastbound, local traffic only.

This work is anticipated to begin Monday and last through July 1. Access to all driveways will be maintained during the construction.  Pedestrian traffic will be maintained on one side of the road at all times.

Thompson Street

Ongoing construction activities at Zaragon Place 2 will require the northbound and southbound lanes of Thompson Street between East William Street and East Jefferson Street to close from 4 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday.

Traffic in both directions will be detoured to Jefferson, Maynard and William streets. Access to U-M parking lot W13 behind the Student Activities Building will be from the south only.