MDOT Planning Roundabouts for Deadly M-40 Stretch

Posted at 6:36 PM, Mar 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-17 19:17:31-04

HOLLAND, Mich. (March 17, 2014) — The Michigan Department of Transportation is planning to put in two roundabouts along a deadly area of M-40 south of I-196 in Holland.

One of the roundabouts will be near the Tulip City Truck Stop, where MDOT says semi-trucks turning left pose a big risk to other drivers.

The roundabout will stop those left turns by turning trucks north toward I-196.  They will also construct a second roundabout just off the freeway, according to officials.

MDOT said that the roundabouts will be completed with other improvements.  They estimate it will all be finished in 2016 and will cost a total of $5 million.

Officials say these additions will slow traffic around the truck stop.

In December 2013, Hamilton Community Schools teacher Joshua Hoppe’s death led to an online petition to install a traffic light at the truck stop.  Prior to his death, a father and two children were killed in a 2007 wreck.

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