Redesigning South Lansing

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When three intersections involving five major roads come together in only a square half mile things can get a little hectic.

The federal government is giving almost $700,000 to the city to conduct a formal study on how to improve traffic flow around three of its busiest intersections.

The roads in south Lansing near I-96 were designed and constructed in the 1960s when the area was a more rural part of town, but with all the commercial development in recent years, the city decided it's time to make a change.

"[South Lansing] is really not designed to operate as an urban interchange or in an urban setting," said Andy Kilpatrick, a transportation engineer with the city of Lansing.

Kilpatrick said the study will focus on redesigning three problematic intersections: the I-96 ramps and Pennsylvania Ave., the corner of Edgewood and Cedar, and the three-way intersection of Pennsylvania, Cedar and American.

A majority of the $700,000 thousand dollars will go to the consulting firm DLZ, which is doing the study for the city.

Kilpatrick said they will focus on four goals: making the area less confusing, improving safety, reducing delays, and freeing up land that could be developed.

Assuming DLZ, MDOT and the city can come up with a feasible design, the city will then have to secure the funding to reconstruct the roads. Kilpatrick said it could be 3-5 years before construction would be complete.