Community meeting held over possible business loop

Residents believe a new loop would increase traffic through Indian River and its business district.

CHEBOYGAN COUNTY, Mi. (WPBN/WGTU) -- The possibility of a new business loop on I-75 was a major agenda item Thursday night at a community meeting held by the Cheboygan County Road Commission.

Officials in the Indian River area say there has been growing support for turning a section of Straits Highway into a new business loop.

According to Tuscarora Township Supervisor Mike Ridley, the idea is being backed by residents and business owners who believe a new loop just outside of town would help increase the flow of traffic through Indian River and most importantly, its business district.

"The Tuscarora Township Board has supported the concept of a business loop on Straits Highway from exit 310 and they get back on at 313 or vice versa," said Ridley. "We think it would be an improvement to get more traffic off of I-75 to come visit our business district here."

The meeting was open to the public and the road commission invited the Indian River community to come share their feelings about possibly having the new business loop built.

There is no estimate yet as to how much the project would cost.

After the meeting, the road commission will determine if the Michigan Department of Transportation should apply for the needed route designation to continue moving the project forward.

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