Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

University, city agree on traffic-management services for game days

U-M and the city of Ann Arbor have reached agreement on reimbursing the city for traffic-management services provided during home football games and other special events.

"This agreement continues to support a first-class game day experience for our fans while providing flexibility for the university to reimburse the city for different levels of traffic assistance over the course of this year's eight-game home schedule," says Jim Kosteva, director of community relations.

The cornerstone of the service will be the ability to have one-way traffic on South Main Street between Michigan Stadium and I-94 following every home game.

The university already has requested the city's full complement of services — including pre-game traffic controls and the manual operation of some traffic signals — for the Sept. 10 Notre Dame game, the first night game in the history of Michigan Stadium. Kosteva says the agreement allows the university to request additional services for other games as needed.

"Reaching an agreement on this issue and obtaining compensation for signs and signal services from U-M was vital to the city being able to provide these services to its residents and visitors," says Tom Crawford, interim city manager.

This agreement for traffic-management services is separate from the university's longstanding policy of reimbursing the city for police and fire services on game days at Michigan Stadium.