HOLLAND, Mich. - The Tulip City Truck Stop on M-40 just off of I-196 in Holland is a major stop for truck drivers. It has also been the scene of several bad crashes and fatalities.
It takes 11 seconds for a semi-truck to pull out of the driveway, into the northbound lanes of M-40. Several ideas of road changes were proposed, but a simple one was made to help the situation.
An access drive takes trucks behind the businesses to Interchange Drive and then to M-40. Trucks can make a left turn there at a signal. The solution was about one third of the cost of a proposed roundabout.
We did see trucks go the wrong way at times, but MDOT says the changes include a learning curve and truck drivers will figure out the safer way around.