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Re: SG-W:/ M-52 bypass



Since I'm right next to the UATS office, I'd be happy to get any information
Liz or anyone else is interested in that UATS would have.  Once I get the
PLT/AA Township study online I think I'll update the unofficial UATS 2025
plan site to include more information on ongoing county transportation
projects.

The new Washtenaw County Freeway Study from UATS/MDOT shows that I-94 is
scheduled to be expanded from 4 to 6 lanes from Parker to Zeeb Roads next
year.  Expansion of 94 from M-52 to Parker is the next priority item.  FYI
here are the top ten priority expansion projects:

1    US-23 from M-14 to North Territorial
2    I-94 from Ann Arbor-Saline to US-23
3    US-23 from North Territorial to M-36
4    I-94 from Parker to Zeeb                * scheduled for FY 2000
5    I-94 from M-52 to Parker
6    M-14 from I-94 to Main Street
7    US-23 from Geddes to M-14
8    US-94 from Zeeb to Ann Arbor Saline
9    US-23 from I-94 to Geddes
10   M-14 from East County Line to Beck Road

Ken Clark

----- Original Message -----
From: Steve Bean <sbean@berginc.com>
Subject: SG-W:/ M-52 bypass


> Liz,
>
> Nice talking with you. I remembered some other sources for you after we
> hung up.
>
> The Huron Land Use Alliance is a local group that's active in evaluating
> land use decisions in Washtenaw County. Jeff Kahan and Kris Olsson are
> the main contacts. Kris also works at the Huron River Watershed Council
> (http://comnet.org/hrwc/ or www.hrwc.org), which may be of assistance.
> Barry Lonik is the director of the Washtenaw-Potawatomi Land Trust, which
> works to protect farmland and other open spaces in and around the county.
> They and many others are active on this email listserv called Smartgrowth
> Washtenaw (not to be confused with the Sustainable Washtenaw group I told
> you about.) I can send you info on subscribing to the list. I hope you
> don't mind me spreading the word.
>
> Friends,
>
> Liz Wilson is a Sylvan Township resident and a member of Citizens for
> Logical Land Use, a group trying to stop the M-52 bypass around Chelsea.
> You may have seen the AANews article Sunday
> (http://aa.mlive.com/news/index.ssf?/news/stories/20000226abypass52.frm),
> which stated in part, "The proposed thoroughfare would cut a
> three-mile-long swath across a dozen family farms, woods and wetlands in
> eastern Sylvan Township, even encroach on a nursing home with 300 elderly
> residents." It's just the type of sprawl-inducing "solution" that we've
> seen too much of in the past.
>
> Note that the Main Street traffic problem is a "rush-hour bottleneck",
> and that the seven alternatives considered were options for redirecting
> the traffic, rather than reducing or managing it (according to Liz.) The
> article also states that "Creating a regional route from I-94 north on
> Fletcher Road, east on Dexter-Chelsea Road, north on Lima Center Road,
> west on Island Lake Road and linking up with Werkner Road would be too
> costly, according to consultants." I think "too costly" are the key words
> here, and should be checked out relative to the true (including hidden)
> costs of the proposed bypass. I don't want to imply that the Chelsea Area
> Traffic Study Committee didn't do their job, but maybe they overlooked
> something. I also don't mean to imply that the News (Chong Pyen) is
> accurate in any of their coverage, so maybe Liz can provide the real
> story. ;-)
>
> Please respond to the group if you have anything to offer. I'm planning
> on sending Liz some info on the Michigan Land Use Institute, but we have
> great local resources and volunteers, so I hope you'll all consider
> pitching in. I don't know the timeline on the project or what
> opportunities remain for public input, but I suspect Liz does. I'm hoping
> it's not too late to achieve a better outcome.
>
> Thanks for "listening". I just wanted to hook Liz up with some folks who
> might be of assistance. Please cc me on any communications not sent to
> the list so I can keep up with it.
>
> Steve
>
> Steven R. Bean
> sbean@berginc.com
> 1002 Hutchins
> Ann Arbor, MI 48103-4808
> (734) 741-9319
>
>
>
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