N. Fifth Ave and Detroit Street Design

Project Updates: (please note that the weather, contractors, and other unforeseen issues could cause delay in schedule – we appreciate your patience)

  • On Monday, April 9th, work will be begin on N. Fifth. The construction zone will run from Beakes to Catherine. N. Fifth will be reduced to one lane, work will be done on the west side of the street, the east side will be open to traffic. There will be on street parking on N. Fifth. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.
  • The Farmers Market parking lot will be resurfaced the week of April 16th. The parking lot will be closed beginning on Monday and will reopen in time for the Saturday market. Please note that the lot will be closed all week, there will be no parking available in the lot. The small lot that runs along side the Kerrytown Market & Shops, entrance to this lot is off of Fifth, will remain open and will be resurfaced at a later date.
  • Work will begin on the loading zone on Fourth Ave. on Tuesday, March 20. This loading zone work should take a week.
  • On Monday, March 26th, the loading zone work on Kingsley will start. This work should also take about a week. Due to rain delays this work should finish up by Tuesday, April 3.
  • Work is scheduled to begin some time during the week of April  9th on Detroit Street between Catherine and Fifth. This block will be closed to traffic during the work day but will be open in the evenings on the weekends to accommodate Farmer’s Market vendor drop off and loading. Work on this block is expected to last about 3 to 4 weeks.
  • Weather permitting, work will begin the week of March 19, 2018. The work will include widening the loading zone on E. Kingsley, in front of Durham’s Tracklements at 212 E. Kingsley, and lengthening the loading zone on N. Fourth, adjacent to entrance to the Farmer’s Market parking lot.

The DDA and City of Ann Arbor will begin construction on a large-scale street improvement on N. Fifth Avenue and Detroit Street (between Catherine & Kingsley)  early spring 2018.

The intersection of 5th & Detroit is home to many celebrated features, including the Old Fourth Ward Historic District, the Farmer’s Market, Zingerman’s, Community High, and Kerrytown Shops. Despite this, the brick streets are badly damaged, the crosswalks need improvement, and the utilities need essential repairs. As a result, the DDA and City are partnering to make the necessary restorations.

5th and Detroit
The extent of the 5th and Detroit improvement project is from N. Fifth Avenue, from Kingsley to Ann Street, and Detroit Street, between Catherine & Kingsley (see above).

The project includes:

  • Roadway reconstruction
  • Underground utility upgrades and replacement
  • Crosswalk improvements & reconfiguration, including a pedestrian crossing island
  • Historic brick street restoration
  • Pedestrian lighting improvements
  • Sidewalk replacements and pedestrian amenities

Our goal is to maintain the special character, while also improving the safety and function of the sidewalks, streets, and utilities.

This project being done in partnership with the City of Ann Arbor. To minimize confusion, the primary project page and all documents and meetings will be posted on the City’s website: click here to access.