The intersection of Scio Church Road and Wagner Road is closed Monday, June 19th through mid-August. The existing four‐way stop intersection will be reconstructed to single‐lane, compact urban roundabout. This new roundabout will be similar to what was built at the intersection of Ann Arbor‐Saline Road and Textile Road in 2016.
A compact roundabout was chosen over a larger, traditional roundabout or a traffic signal for the following reasons:
- A compact urban roundabout has a smaller footprint. This is important because it requires less right‐of‐way, which means there are fewer impacts to property owners and resources are saved which can be used on other county infrastructure needs.
- Roundabouts are statistically safer than traffic signals. A trade‐off occurs between high speed, t‐bone collisions that occur when a driver “beats” a red light for low speed, and sideswipe collisions.
- With a traffic signal, delay is always present 24 hours a day when a driver encounters a red light. At a roundabout, less delay occurs, especially at off‐peak hours, due to the yield condition. This aspect is also a benefit to the environment since fewer vehicle emissions are placed into the air.
The signed detour route (see below) will utilize a variety of primary roads including Ann Arbor‐Saline Road, Oak Valley Road, Scio Church Road, Scio Ridge Road, Liberty Road, Wagner Road, Jackson Road, and Zeeb Road.
Motorists will be required to follow the posted detour route or select an alternative route to reach their destination while the road is closed. The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office will likely monitor the intersection and issue citations as warranted to those drivers who violate the road closure. As a reminder, traffic fines are double for road construction violations. Additional points can also be attached to your driving record for violations in a work zone.