Greenville area transportation committee reviews future goals

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:10 am on Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The Greater Greenville Transportation Committee met for its quarterly meeting Tuesday night at the Eureka Township Hall. Members present, from left to right clockwise, were Michigan Department of Transportation Design Engineer Bart Franklin, Montcalm County Sheriff Bill Barnwell, Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gae Wolf, Eureka Township Planning Commissioner Duane Putnam, Eureka Township Supervisor Laura Shears, Greenville Planning Commissioner Ron Blanding, Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen, Courtland Township Supervisor Chuck Porter and West Michigan Regional Planning Commission Director Dave Bee. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — Members of the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee met Tuesday night to discuss future goals.

The transportation committee was created to address issues regarding Greenville-area roadways. Members meet quarterly and met at Eureka Township Hall this quarter.

At last October’s meeting, the committee set three goals that were broken down into actions and set to short- and long-term timelines.

Short-term actions have goals that are to be completed less than five years and long-term actions have goals that will take at least five years or are ongoing.

The three main goals are to:
• Promote the improvement of intersections along state and local routes in a studied area and maintain an appropriate level and configuration of travel lanes.
• Improve awareness of transportation issues in a studied area.
• Study the expansion/improvement of alternate transportation corridors to reduce traffic on state routes in a studied area.

The progress for the first goal is under way, according to Bart Franklin, design engineer for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). He said MDOT is currently monitoring signal times at intersections on M-57, including at Greenville West Drive. He said manual counts are being done on week days to monitor the signals.

“That is an important intersection (in Greenville),” noted Committee Chairman John Johansen.

Montcalm County Sheriff Bill Barnwell addressed issues that arose after completion of a project that put a left-turn lane on M-57. There have been some complaints about the new left-turn lane with people speeding and not using the lane for its proper use. Barnwell said he will look into the complaints.

Barnwell also said MDOT and the Michigan State Police are continuing to conduct studies to make local roads safer.

“We will work with our partners,” Barnwell said of the studies.

The next Greater Greenville Transportation Committee meeting will be 6:30 p.m. April 25 at Courtland Township Hall.

The Greater Greenville Transportation Committee
• The committee works together to help improve local roadways.
• The committee consists of representatives from the Michigan Department of Transportation, the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, Montcalm County Commissioners, township supervisors, planning commissioners, the road commission and West Michigan Regional Planning Commission.
• 2012 meeting dates will be at 6:30 p.m. on April 25, at Courtland Township Hall, 6:30 p.m. on July 25 at the Eureka Township Hall and 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 24 at Courtland Township Hall.
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