MDOT moving forward with roundabout plans

MDOT moving forward with roundabout plans

Community members are invited to attend a public meeting Wednesday, where the Michigan Department of Transportation will be discussing plans to install a roundabout at the intersection of US-131/M-186 in Fife Lake.

In the last ten years, there have been nearly 80 crashes at the intersection, according to MDOT.

They believe installing the roundabout will help to make things safer.

Last year, MDOT announced plans to install a traffic signal at the location to address the pattern of crashes, but after more review staff determined that a roundabout would be more efficient at reducing the number of crashes with fatalities and serious injuries.

"That's the number one goal is to make the intersection safer," said Traverse City TSC Manager Rick Liptak. "Make it so that we can get cars back and forth across the intersection in all directions safely."

The project will cost $2.3 million and is expected to begin in spring of 2019.

Liptack says construction will last about 2-4 months.

The meeting on June 21 will begin at 5 p.m. at the American Legion Post 219 in Fife Lake.

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