Traffic Safety Measures Planned for DeWitt Township

By: News 10
By: News 10

Starting this month, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will work together with local agencies, including local law enforcement, to increase safety and improve mobility along the Old US-27 corridor in DeWitt Township in Clinton County. Initiatives include a speed limit correction, a road safety audit, and a traffic signal study at Webb Road and Old US-27.

"With these initiatives, we want to look at the corridor as a whole and find ways to increase safety, as well as improve the overall operation of the corridor," said MDOT Lansing Transportation Service Manager Steve Palmer.

The initiatives include:

- Speed limit correction. Speed studies jointly conducted by MDOT and the Michigan State Police indicate that correction is needed for the posted speed limit along the corridor. This correction is estimated to occur in January 2013.

- Road safety audit. This audit, to be conducted by independent transportation officials, including law enforcement, will involve identifying safety measures along the entire route. Estimated completion of the audit is February 2013.

- Traffic signal study at Webb Road and Old US-27. Another signal study will be conducted at this location to determine if a full traffic signal is needed. Estimated completion of the study is April 2013.

"We are glad to see that MDOT has a process in place to evaluate the safety of this area and make recommendations," said DeWitt Police Chief Larry Jerue. "We appreciate the priority that MDOT is placing on this issue and look forward to receiving the results."

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