Skip to main content

MDOT, DNR joint public meeting Nov. 6 to discuss 2026 US-31/3 Mile Road intersection, Traverse City State Park Beach improvement projects

GAYLORD, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to attend a joint public meeting to gather comments on planned 2026 improvements to the US-31/3 Mile Road intersection and Traverse City State Park Beach in East Bay Township, Grand Traverse County.

MDOT and DNR staff
Community stakeholders
Local businesses
Interested members of the public

Monday, Nov. 6, 2023
4 - 6 p.m.

East Bay Township Hall
1965 North Three Mile Road
Traverse City, MI 49696

Attendees who require mobility, visual, hearing, written or other assistance for effective participation should contact Orlando Curry at 517-241-7462 or, preferably at least five business days prior to the scheduled meeting. Forms are located on the Title VI webpage. Requests made after this timeframe will be evaluated and honored to the extent possible.

MDOT project information:
MDOT plans to invest approximately $1.6 million to add a second westbound left-turn lane on US-31, modernize the traffic signal, and align the Traverse City State Park Beach driveway with the northbound approach at the US-31/3 Mile Road intersection. Work also will include the construction of sidewalks on the north side of US-31, additional sidewalk and waiting area for the Bay Area Transit Agency (BATA) stop just west of the intersection, sidewalk ramps meeting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, upgraded signals with countdown signs and leading intervals for pedestrians, and special emphasis pavement markings for crosswalks.

This project will require a permanent property transfer from the DNR to accommodate the second left-turn lane and signal equipment on the DNR’s Traverse City State Park Beach recreational property north of the intersection.

Work is tentatively scheduled for April to June 2026. It is expected that traffic will need to be detoured during the project.

During the project, updates will be posted on Mi Drive, shared on social media and in news releases, and posted on portable changeable message signs.

DNR project information:
The DNR will be partnering with MDOT to relocate the access drive to the Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park beach day-use area. Realignment of the access drive with the 3 Mile Road intersection will improve traffic flow entering and exiting the beach day-use area parking lot. This was identified as one of the 10-year action goals and was the number one improvement or change identified at the stakeholder meeting during the General Management Plan planning process. The DNR Parks and Recreation Division approved the Traverse City State Park general management plan in September 2021 to help guide future park development. 

The state park portion of the improvements for the 3 Mile Road intersection project are supported with federal relief funding from the Building Michigan Together Plan, signed into law in March 2022. Additional information about these American Rescue Plan Act dollars and work taking place throughout the state parks system can be found at

Public comment:
Public input is being sought to help MDOT recognize and address any public concerns that may result from the permanent property transfer per a proposed recreational de minimis impact finding under Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966 and per a proposed conversion under Section 6(f) of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965. The Section 6(f) conversion will be mitigated by the acquisition of additional property located adjacent to the DNR South Higgins Lake State Park system.

Please submit public comment by Nov. 22, 2023. Provide concerns/comments discussed at this meeting regarding the project using the online comment form or by mail, e-mail or phone to MDOT Public Involvement Specialist and Hearings Officer Monica Monsma at or:

Monica Monsma
MDOT Environmental Services Section
425 West Ottawa St. 
P.O. Box 30050 
Lansing, MI 48909