WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan Department of Transportation is looking for residents’ input about putting a roundabout on a busy West Michigan road.
The planned roundabout would go in at the intersection of Wilson Avenue (M-11) and Remembrance Road in Walker to reduce crashes and congestion.
Officials said that intersection is the perfect spot for a roundabout because it is at an odd angle and leads to traffic issues.
“Wilson Avenue gets a ton of traffic and it seems to be rising every year so it’s definitely a priority because it will increase safety and improve operations,” MDOT spokesman John Richard said.
Richard said roundabouts reduce crashes overall by about 85% and reduce fatal crashes by 90%.
The project will cost around $5 million and will be paid by MDOT and the City of Walker through gas taxes.
Ann TePastte has owned Ann’s Custom Canvas, located along the Wilson-Remembrance intersection, for 19 years. She is concerned.
“I know there’s accidents out here, but are there that any more than are on another corner. And what is this going to cost each citizen of Walker?” wondered TePastte.
TePastte is familiar with roundabouts because of the one located in Coopersville.
“They are confusing for people going in them and it takes a while to learn them,” TePastte said.
However, some residents believe the roundabout will help prevent traffic problems in the future.
“I think it’s a great idea. I’ve seen so many horrendous crashes in that area and even in the blocks before it and I just think it’s going to be a lot better for the city. And economically, I think more businesses will move into the area,” said Diane Rudnik.
Officials said the plan is still in the preliminary stages and with public input, some plans could change. However, construction is slated to begin in 2015.