Busy U.S. 127 intersection will get safety upgrades

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Shirkey has been working with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to improve the safety of a busy intersection along U.S. 127.

Following up on constituent concerns, Shirkey has been working with MDOT to address the safety and efficiency issues plaguing the busy intersection of U.S. 127 and Jefferson Road in Clarklake. The intersection will soon have a left turn lane installed to shelter motorists from through traffic and encourage safe travel onto Jefferson Road.

“I’m very pleased that MDOT was able to address this troubling intersection with such speed and professionalism,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “The improvements may seem minor, but if they prevent even one fatal traffic accident they will be invaluable.”

MDOT officials said the construction will have only minor impacts on travel time.

“After dialogue with Senator Shirkey’s office, MDOT completed a thorough evaluation of the traffic volumes, delays experienced by motorists and the crash history at this busy intersection,” said Kelby Wallace, MDOT Jackson Transportation Service Center manager. “As a result, left-turn phasing will be installed on U.S. 127 when the traffic signal is replaced in 2019 to improve safety.”

Kelby said the project will also include installing detection devices to make the intersection more efficient.

Bids for the project are scheduled to open on March 1, 2019. Construction will occur sometime in the 2019 construction season. This location was part of a larger project to replace traffic signals at nine locations in Jackson and Hillsdale counties.