MDOT Lays Out Boulevard Plans for Old 27

By: News 10
By: News 10

"they've got this money to spend and I think it's senseless, everybody here thinks it's senseless to spend four million dollars in a half-a-mile stretch on this highway."

MDOT thinks it has a solution for people who've been complaining about the safety of an intersection in Dewitt Township.

It wants to build a four-million dollar boulevard along old 27 between I-69 and Webb road.

MDOT based the plan on a safety review of the area and held an open house to let the public take a look and leave their comments tonight. The message received from many of them is that they don't care about the boulevard and want a full traffic signal at Webb and old 27.

Ken Kaine lives on that corner. He told us he's counted eleven accidents and one death there since the blinking light was installed 15-months ago. He thinks MDOT's mind was made up long before tonight's meeting.

"They tell us to fill out these suggestion sheets and at the end of the night i think they'll just throw 'em in the wastebasket and do what they want to do cause they've got this money to spend and I think it's senseless, everybody here thinks it's senseless to spend four million dollars in a half-a-mile stretch on this highway."

Neighbors also worry a boulevard will hurt businesses along that stretch of old 27, especially gas stations and restaurants that will lose sales if truckers decide they'd rather go to a truck stop than deal with all the turns.

We’ll tell you when MDOT makes a decision.


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