Busy intersection to get overhaul

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Three of the busiest intersections in mid-Michigan are getting a construction overhaul.

In the long term, it should improve traffic flow, in the short term, it's going to be a traffic nightmare.

This big road improvement project will impact the I-69 business loop on Saginaw Highway, at Marsh, Newton, and Towner roads.

It was the subject of a public hearing in Bath Township on Tuesday night that News 10's Cryss
Walker attended.

She told News 10 that the room was packed as people voiced their concerns with Commissioners and MDOT officials.

There were mixed reviews on the plans.

Representatives from MDOT say the proposed changes will make the intersections safer.

Tuesday night contractors and engineers from the Michigan Department of Transportation laid out their plans to change the flow of traffic on Saginaw Highway, at Marsh, Newton and Towner Roads.

According to MDOT some of the plans include adding pedestrian and bicycle paths, along with a j-turn at Marsh and Saginaw to reduce conflict points.

Many residents told township officials that something needs to be done about speeding in the area and agreed with MDOT's proposal.

Some people said the road plan will make the community easier to navigate.

MDOT officials announced at the meeting that they hope to finalize the proposal by the end of the summer.

If the project is approved they plan to start construction next year.

MDOT added that they expect the project to take approximately four months to complete.