City voices opposition

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:22 PM

A resolution that lays out how City Council feels about the Michigan Department of Transportation plan was unanimously approved Monday night.

“Their job is moving cars, and our job is protecting the community,” Mayor Geri McCaleb said. “We want to affect their decision-making before they invest a lot of money into the project.”

State transportation officials say lanes would be added in both directions on U.S. 31 from Jackson Street to Washington Avenue. This would eliminate much of the landscaped median along this stretch of the highway.

“All the feedback I’m getting is people want to keep that boulevard," McCaleb said. "There’s got to be a better way to solve the problem than what they are proposing. Otherwise, what is going to be left is a 5-foot strip of concrete.”

This, she said, would eliminate the aesthetics and decrease safety in the area, and would divide the town.

“It is going to be just like the Jackson Street intersection — it’s not a place where people choose to cross the street," McCaleb said. "We don’t want to expand that intersection deeper into the community.”

Instead, the mayor said she and others on City Council want to see results of the M-231 bypass through Robinson and Crockery townships before any changes are made in the city.

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