First & Ashley Street Project

First & Ashley Street Project

Bikers on bikeway - First & Ashley
Completed in the Fall of 2021, the First & Ashley Street project included the restoration of two-way traffic on both streets, a two-way protected bikeway on the east side of First Street, streetscape and sidewalk improvements, a pedestrian plaza (pictured below), water main upsizing and consolidations, stormwater improvements, and street resurfacing. The project limits extended from Kingsley to Madison. The protected bikeway on First Street connects with the William Street bikeway on the south and the Miller/Catherine bikeway on the north. An advisory bike lane serves cyclists on First Street north of William Street.

Originally, First and Ashley were two-way streets. They were converted to one-way as part of a proposed downtown highway bypass project in the late 1960s that, thankfully, was never implemented. The Ann Arbor District Library archives house some of the rich history surrounding the Bypass project.

Night time at First & Ashley, Ann Arbor

Project Information


Board Meetings

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Ann Arbor DDA Offices
150 South Fifth Avenue
Suite 301
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

Non-Regularly Scheduled/Special Meetings

DDA Informational Meetings 2024
Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at Noon (Completed)
Wednesday, December 4, 2024 at Noon

Special/Non-Regularly Scheduled Board Meeting



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