First & Ashley Street Project

The First and Ashley Project will study the feasibility of:


  • restoring First and Ashley streets to two-way
  • adding protected bike lanes
  • implementing on-street portions of the Treeline Urban Trail
  • creating better connections to the surrounding neighborhood

If feasible, the project will move forward to design and construction.  Public meetings are scheduled March 19 – 22, at these Discovery Workshops you will learn more about the scope of the project and have opportunity to provide feedback.

First and Ashley streets from Kingsley to Madison.

The goal of this project is to create a street that is safer and more comfortable for all users, a street that draws more foot and bike traffic to local businesses. We want everyone—from a resident in his wheelchair to a first-grader on her bike—to enjoy shopping, working and socializing on these streets. We want future development to design to a street that is human-scaled.

We will complete the project in four phases: Feasibility, Design, Engineering and Construction

The Ann Arbor DDA is funding this project and will work closely with the City of Ann Arbor, downtown businesses, residents, neighborhood organizations and other stakeholders.

The consultant team consists of SmithGroup JJR, Toole Design Group, Wade Trim and Q+M.

Questions about this project should be directed to Amber Miller at the Ann Arbor DDA at


Project Timeline

  • Feasibility and Design Phases: 2018
  • Engineering Phase: Fall 2018-Summer 2019
  • Construction Phase: 2020

Project Updates

Design Team Presentation to DDA 1.24.18 (pdf)