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Traffic survey underway in Lansing

Posted at 5:28 AM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 05:28:17-04

LANSING, Mich. — The City of Lansing is collecting traffic data on neighborhood streets and officials are looking for areas where drivers are known to speed.

“If you talk to a resident they will always say there are folks speeding by my house… we need to do something,” said Public Service Director Andy Kilpatrick.

“A lot of them will say we have kids playing in the neighborhood.”

A community survey is on the city's website asking for public input on traffic calming measures like speed bumps and islands.

“So right now the survey is just gauging interest from residents on rather they would like to see traffic calming in their area or neighborhood or other particular street,” Kilpatrick said.

The Lansing Public Service Department is overseeing the project to implement changes to streets to keep drivers from speeding.

“With traffic calming our criteria that we use are there has to be a minimum traffic volume in 24 hours of 500 vehicles,” Kilpatrick explained.

Major roadways like Waverly and Cedar are not a part of the study.

This applies to residential streets with speed limits of 25 and 35 miles-per-hour where drivers speed 85 percent of the time.

“Generally the study process is several months for us to collect data and we can't do that in the winter because if we put that out there when it's snowing traffic patterns might be a little different,” Kilpatrick said.

Traffic data collection will wrap at the end of the fall and resume next spring.

The survey also asks residents about overnight on-street parking permits and their willingness to pay assessments for street repairs.

Click here for the survey.

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