Comments on: County Gets Info on Flooding, Shares Options it's like being there Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:56:38 +0000 hourly 1 By: Vince Caruso Vince Caruso Sat, 23 Mar 2013 13:08:45 +0000 I have seen the detention basins across I94 full of water even during dry spells although at times they are almost empty. These may need attention to capture more water before it flows across the highway.

An option the city has started using, porous pavement on roadways, could potentially be used as full course porous on shoulders of I94 with a friction course on the roadway for the west side of Ann Arbor.

The shoulders would handle all the water run off of the highway, the friction course would detoxify the runoff, provide up to 70% noise reduction, much better traction. The shoulders would detoxify and capture all the runoff. This highway would also provide greatly reduced heat island, less salt use and no heat shock to waterways.

Our neighborhoods would quickly increase in value from flood hazard reduction and health quality of life improvements from much less noise from the highway.

This type of highway design has been shown to cost less and preform better then conventional designs.

And I94 is slated for work this summer! MDOT has shown interest in this in recent years and it includes porous pavements for some uses in its BMP Guide.

Sound walls have been discussed for this section of I94, this would cost much more and preform much less effectively.

Seems we may have a large constituency that would overwhelmingly support the I94 changes. The Mallets and Allen’s Creeksheds would both receive greatly needed flood hazard and pollution reductions not to mention the quality of life improvement.

By: Jack Eaton Jack Eaton Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:52:42 +0000 Re (2), As Dave noted in a previous column: “But we think it’s to the credit of the city of Ann Arbor that the administration is currently engaged in a revision to the administrative policy on FOIA response.” [link]

The important question is whether the FOIA policy review will remove barriers to obtaining public records or just change the policy to create different barriers.

By: Alan Goldsmith Alan Goldsmith Thu, 21 Mar 2013 18:47:57 +0000 “A map of historical flooding in the city – obtained by The Chronicle through appeal of an initially-denied request made under Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act…”

Can ANYONE on City Council stop this nonsenseofn denying FOIA requests? You would think someone in City Government was trying to hide public information. Not very comforting as this effort to study this flooding fiasco moves forward.

By: Jack Eaton Jack Eaton Wed, 20 Mar 2013 20:06:21 +0000 It is excellent reporting like this that makes me proud to provide regular financial support to the Chronicle. Thank you for providing such clear background information and concise reporting of the content of this meeting.

I also applaud the County Water Resources Commissioner. I was impressed by the manner in which he, his county staff and their consultant interacted with members of the community. They have earned a level of credibility that is lacking in the City’s FDD program.