The electric system serving Ann Arbor was built over a span of nearly 100 years, adding substations and circuits as development created increasing demand for power. This resulted in a web of power lines tying one substation to another. This configuration means that a problem with a power line or piece of equipment in one area can result in a disruption for customers more than 10 miles away.

Ann Arbor continues to be an attractive location for new-economy, high-tech businesses to locate or expand operations. These businesses provide vital support for the community’s economy, job market and civic culture. To help Ann Arbor maintain its competitive advantage in attracting these kinds of employers, DTE must make improvements to the energy grid to ensure more reliable, high-quality electric service.

To resolve these problems and improve reliability for customers throughout the Ann Arbor area, DTE is planning to build two new substations – one at the corner of Hubbard and Huron Parkway and one on the existing site of the State substation on State St. north of Eisenhower Parkway.  In conjunction with the two new substations, DTE will build and install a new underground conduit system along State Street, Granger and Forest avenues.

DTE is also planning upgrades to existing overhead power lines and equipment that will reduce the frequency of outages and minimize the number of customers impacted and the duration when outages do occur.

In addition to ongoing communications with multiple city departments, businesses and organizations, representatives from DTE held three public open houses in Ann Arbor to provide information about the projects and how they will benefit the community.

Periodic updates can also be found below.

Update as of Friday, July 19, 2019:

  • Recently completed the construction of an electrical duct bank on North State Street from State Station to Granger Avenue and began repaving the area. It is expected to be complete by late August.
  • Working to complete duck bank work in the North Burns Park area. Work is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year.
  • Constructing an underground conduit system on Fuller Road adjacent to the VA Hospital and east and west of the Fuller Court intersection. It is expected to be complete by August 5, 2019.
  • The Fuller Court entrance to Fuller Road will be closed from Monday, July 22 through Thursday, July 25 as we do work in the intersection. The intersection will be repaved the week of July 29.

Road Closures:

Week 7/15-7/20 (Monday-Friday), No work on Saturday for Art Fair

  • S. Forest will be closed from Cambridge Rd to Oakland
    • S. Forest-Hill-Church-Prospect-Wells/S. Forest
  • There will be No Parking enforced on S. Forest between Roosevelt to Oakland Rd
  • Northbound S. State Street will be closed from Private Drive to School Admin to Stimson
    • Southbound traffic will remain open
    • Northbound detour will be Eisenhower – S. Industrial – Stimson

Week 7/22-7/27 (Monday-Saturday)

  • S. Forest will be closed from Oakland to Hill
    • Hill – Olivia – Wells and back to S. Forest
  • There will be No Parking enforced on S. Forest between Oakland to Hill
  • Northbound S. State Street will be closed from Private Drive to School Admin to Stimson
    • Southbound traffic will remain open
    • Northbound detour will be Eisenhower – S. Industrial – Stimson

Week 7/29-8/3 (Monday-Saturday)

  • S. Forest will be closed from Oakland to Hill
    • Hill – Olivia – Wells and back to S. Forest
  • There will be No Parking enforced on S. Forest between Oakland to Hill
  • Northbound S. State Street will be closed from Private Drive to School Admin to Stimson
    • Southbound traffic will remain open
    • Northbound detour will be Eisenhower – S. Industrial – Stimson

Week 8/5-8/10 (Monday-Saturday)

  • Hill will be closed from Church to S. Forest
    • Detour will be Hill-Church-Willard-S. Forest- Hill
  • S. Forest will be closed from Oakland to Hill
    • Hill – Olivia – Wells and back to S. Forest
  • Northbound S. State Street from Private Drive to School Admin to Stimson will reopen
  • Both northbound and southbound S. State St will be closed between Stimson and Granger
    • Detour will be S. State-Stimson-Industrial-Stadium-Packard-S. State

 

Residents and businesses impacted by construction will be notified 10 days before work is scheduled to begin. As a reminder, door hangers will be placed on the doors of homes and businesses 3 days before construction.