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New road extension has mixed review for residents

Posted: 9:56 AM, Jun 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-14 13:56:55Z

A big development in East Lansing is getting mixed reveiws with the neighbors of Coleman Road.

In the recent state budget deal, lawmakers approved more than $7 million to connect Coleman Road with Wood Road on the Ingham County line.

That extension of Coleman Road would relieve a lot of traffic congestion on parts of Lake Lansing Road and lead to a whole new round of commercial and residential development.

It's a rural area with a lot of trees and fields that neighbors say is the reason they like to live there.

Diane Jakovac says she's been on West Road near the corner of Coleman Road in East Lansing for 17 years. She says, "It's beautiful. I love the corn field across the road. It's beautiful." She says she has mixed feelings about disturbing all that beauty to make way for a road extension. "I don't want to see the cornfield go. I love it. Not so country living."

Luis Garcia of East Lansing said, "I appreciate the road. We can't go out at certain times because we sit there in our cars waiting for the lights to turn, the traffic on Lake Lansing is just horrendous."

Officials from the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce told News 10 that once the road is complete that they do plan on bringing more development to the area.

Neighbors also said that they hope to see a Coleman Road exit on 127 in the future.

Developers tell FOX 47 that a start date for the project is yet to be determined.