MDOT offers 3 options to fix M-40

MDOT plans to put in two roundabouts on M-40 south of I-196 in Holland to slow traffic and reduce the number of crashes. (March 17, 2014)
MDOT plans to put in two roundabouts on M-40 south of I-196 in Holland to slow traffic and reduce the number of crashes. (March 17, 2014)

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan Department of Transportation has suggested three ways to improve a stretch of M-40 near a truck stop where there have been deadly crashes.

Since 2007, four people have died on M-40 south of I-196 near the Tulip City Truck Stop. MDOT says semi-trucks turning left onto the road from the truck stop are the biggest risk.

At a Tuesday open house, the public provided feedback on MDOT’s three options to increase safety near the truck stop and also improve the road north of the highway.

The agency has already suggested putting in two roundabouts in the area — one just north of 143rd Avenue and one at Interchange Drive.

The second option is to route traffic out the back of the truck stop to a new signal at Interchange Drive.

The third option would include the realignment of Interchange Drive.

MDOT officials said many people attended the meeting weren’t excited about the roundabouts.

“We’ve heard a lot of people say the roundabouts are a bad idea. They don’t think they’ll work. Which is wonderful. We want that kind of feedback,” MDOT spokesman Nick Schirripa said.

MDOT said it doesn’t have a deadline for its decision on what improvements to make, though the agency does hope to start construction in 2015.

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