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US-31/3 Mile Improvements - Traverse City

About this project

MDOT plans to make improvements to the US-31/3 Mile intersection in East Bay Township. This project will include sidewalk and traffic signal improvements, a second westbound left-turn lane, and alignment of the Traverse City State Park Beach driveway with the northbound approach of the intersection. The project also includes permanent property transfer to accommodate the second left-turn lane and signal equipment on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Traverse City State Park Beach recreational property north of the intersection.

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, which 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. 

Traffic impacts

This project will require a detour for US-31 traffic. Location and duration to be determined.

Project details

Spring 2026

Grand Traverse County

Improve safety
Improve pedestrian mobility
Reduce congestion
Improve driving surface

To be determined

Jessica Carpenter
Traverse City TSC

Public Comment Form

4(f) and 6(f) impacts

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