But then you look around and see all the traffic on the road and think, “What a nightmare it’s going to be getting out of that parking lot,” and you head somewhere else.
We’re excited with the choices at Grand Landing, and are eager to see what new choices pop up as the development continues to grow in the coming months.
At the same time, we’re hopeful that those in charge of the development take a careful look at the traffic flow.
As it is, the traffic coming in and out of the development off Jackson Street can be a nightmare.
Jackson Street is the main route most campers take to reach Grand Haven State Park, so that road is often choked with large trucks pulling even larger campers. Putting a stop light at the corner of Jackson and Sixth Street would help with traffic attempting to leave Grand Landing, but it would likely create plenty of headaches for those turning west onto Jackson from U.S. 31.
As the development grows and traffic increases, those vehicles leaving Grand Landing need somewhere to go. Exiting onto southbound U.S. 31 is always an adventure, especially since the nearest lane ends in a few hundred yards, forcing all that traffic to then merge over into the next lane.
One proposal that was floated around when the development was first introduced was to connect Adams Street with Third Street, and it’s an idea we like. Take a look at the area on your favorite Internet map site and you’ll see that Adams dead-ends less than a block from Third Street.
If Grand Landing traffic could use that route instead, it would open up options for heading out onto northbound or southbound U.S. 31, as well as intersecting Jackson Street at a spot where there’s less congestion.
The north end of Grand Haven has seen significant improvements over the years, starting with the demolition of the old AP Parts building on the northeast corner of U.S. 31 and Jackson, and continuing with the development that now includes Applebee’s, Walgreens and several other well-visited retailers.
The west side of that intersection has slowly caught up, and the Grand Landing development is a great addition to the city.
We simply hope that those involved in the planning take care to make sure the new development is accessible and convenient to the consumers. We would hate to see all of their efforts wasted on a development that people don’t want to visit.
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