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.