We have received info from the Village of Dundee about a great initiative that will surely have a dramatic impact on pedestrian safety and the walkability of our downtown. Very exciting!
The Village of Dundee has been working with SEMCOG ( South East Michigan Council of Governments) and MDOT (Michigan Department of Transportation) to attempt to address our traffic flow problems in several areas of the Village. Some of the areas being addressed are the US 23 and Tecumseh Street corridor, including the intersection of Ann Arbor Road, and many pedestrian crossing areas. SEMCOG’s initial response has been that the Village has many areas of concern that need to be addressed. One longstanding area of concern is the intersection of Main and Ypsilanti Streets. As we continue to gather traffic information, SEMCOG has recommended that we test a change of traffic flow at this location.
Because it is important that the test be conducted prior to Dundee Schools closing for Summer Break, starting this Friday April 21st the Village will be closing Ypsilanti Street at Main Street. Ypsilanti Street will remain open northbound from Van Nest Street and to vehicular traffic accessing businesses and the Municipal lot. During this test period traffic counters will be in designated areas to monitor the flow of traffic.
Dundee Police and Volunteers will be at specified locations as traffic monitors. The Police Department has been working closely with Dundee Schools and with Dundee Castings on alternate traffic routes. Dundee Township and the Village will be sending out an alert on CodeRed to residents to help advise them of this test closure. The Dundee Independent and the Monroe News have also assisted in sending out the information. Dundee Schools will be sending out a message to parents sometime this week. The change in this traffic flow, if successful, may help the Village and Dundee Schools in seeking a significant grant for Safe Routes to School. Please take time to review the attached map of the traffic flow change.
The Village would like to thank you for your cooperation and patience during this traffic flow test.
Any questions of feedback about this initiative should be directed to the Village Office.