Meridian Township Board supports Jolly Road’s diet

The Meridian Township Board voted unanimously to support the Ingham County Road Department’s road-diet plan to change Jolly Road from four to three lanes. A road diet is a technique in transportation planning where the number of travel lanes and/or effective width of the road is reduced to improve the flow of traffic. Rick Shafer, a former Traffic and Transportation Committee member said that when he first first heard about the project, he thought it seemed counterintuitive to restrict traffic to three lanes. Currently, one lane is typically used for through traffic while the other lane is used for right turns and the inner, eastbound lane is used for left turns, for example at Okemos High School and Hiawatha Elementary School. The Ingham County Road Department met with the Okemos School District to review whether the high school’s traffic flow can be improved for better overall efficiency. 

“There will still be four lanes, but they would be reassigned to how they are being used, especially at peak hours, particularly to access the high school,” said Bill Conklin, manager of the Ingham County Road Department.

Road construction starts on Michigan Avenue and Grand River

By Max Lapthorne
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

The multi-million dollar road project in the heart of East Lansing is underway. Traffic is down to one lane going each direction from the west city limits to Michigan Avenue and Grand River Avenue. According to Michigan Department of Transportation Spokeswoman Karie Arend the project will be broken into several parts. “It’s being done in phases. The first section is in between Coolidge Road and Michigan Avenue,” said Arend.

East Lansing to start road work as part of 2013 capital investment project

By Max Lapthorne
Entirely East Lansing staff writer
A $25 million road project will be taking place in the Lansing and East Lansing area in the coming months.  The East Lansing portion of the 2013 capital investment project will be focusing mostly on Grand River Avenue and Michigan Avenue. The 2013 capital investment project will improve road and bridge conditions in several busy areas of Lansing and East Lansing.  In East Lansing there will be construction on Michigan Avenue as well as Grand River Avenue. Karie Arend, spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Transportation, said “It’s going to start in early March … Work will be done in stages in order to help keep traffic disruption to a minimum.”

Arend also said that since it is such a large scale project there is no getting around the fact that it will inconvienence drivers.