Signal upgrade project in Traverse City starts Jan. 27

Contact: James Lake, MDOT Office of Communications, 906-250-0993, LakeJ1@Michigan.gov
Agency: Transportation

COUNTY:
Grand Traverse

HIGHWAYS:
US-31, M-37 and M-72

CLOSEST CITY:
Traverse City

ESTIMATED STARTING DATE:
Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 (weather dependent)

ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE:
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020

PROJECT:
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will invest $4.9 million to replace or upgrade equipment at 21 traffic signal locations on US-31 between South Airport Road and Grandview Parkway, and on M-72 from M-22 to Acme. The upgrades will include new traffic sensors, cameras and communications equipment that will allow for signal timings to better adjust to real-time traffic conditions. The project also includes an environmental sensor station (ESS) that will provide camera and weather information on MDOT's Mi Drive website. LED "Low Visibility" signs will be installed along the bay on M-72 between Acme and Holiday Road, activated by measurements collected at the ESS.

Work also includes sidewalk repairs and upgrades of ramps to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. Pedestrian traffic signals will also be upgraded, including updated equipment for countdown signals and push-button activation. The project will also include a new enhancement at the intersection of Division Street and the Grandview Parkway. LED "Yield to Pedestrians" signs will be activated as an additional warning to right-turning drivers when a pedestrian or bicyclist is making a legal crossing of either road. Operation of the new pedestrian hybrid beacon pedestrian crossings on Grandview Parkway will be unaffected by the project.

Project map

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS:
This work will require intermittent shoulder closures and lane shifts.

SAFETY FEATURES:
This project includes new pavement markings and updated sidewalk ramps, as well as improved information available to drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.