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MDOT proposes reducing lane on Homer St. to improve safety

Posted at 6:30 PM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-21 10:23:52-04

LANSING TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Getting off US-127 at Frandor can be pretty dicey at times, especially if drivers are trying to turn onto Saginaw Street.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is looking at fixing the problem by getting rid of a lane.

MDOT is holding a public meeting to discuss the proposed safety project along N. Homer St. to reduce the roadway from three lanes to two between Vine Street and the northbound US-127 exit ramp to M-43 (Saginaw St).

N. Homer St. is located west of the Frandor Shopping Center.

MDOT will be investing $200,000 in 2020 to remove the far-right lane.

"It's really scary because it's just a lot of high-speed traffic," said Tim Potter, a founder of the Lansing Bike Party. He and other bicyclists often cross N. Homer Street to get to East Lansing. "They just tend to drive faster and so if you're trying to get across that it's just scary for people on bikes or walking, jogging."

The point of the project is to reduce crashes along the corridor.

"Vehicles that are traveling in the easternmost lanes; it's currently difficult for them to see due to the location of the utility poles along the east side of Homer. So this lane reduction will shift through traffic to the west and reduce crashes by improving sight distance of vehicles on Sellers," said Aaron Jenkins, an MDOT Spokesperson.

The money is funded through MDOT's safety program which is split between federal, state, and city of Lansing funds.

"Anything that slows down the traffic increases the safety of the roadway," Potter said.

The public meeting is Thursday, June 27th at 4-6 PM at Spicer Group Inc. Office at 416 N. Homer St in Lansing.

The public will be able to meet with MDOT staff and ask questions about the project.

Community stakeholders, local businesses and interested residents will also be in attendance.

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