Roundabout coming to Midland - WNEM TV 5

Roundabout coming to Midland

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MIDLAND, MI (WNEM) -

Michigan Department of Transportation spokeswoman Anita Richardson says a $1.3 million roundabout is coming to Midland.

It will be at the intersection of M-20/US-10 BR and Patrick Road crossover. Lately, this area has been a tricky one for drivers.

"We want to save lives. There's a clear history of crashes at this intersection over the past five years," Richardson said.

There have been 28 accidents, many as a result of people failing to make it across Patrick Road. Richardson says a roundabout - similar to the one already in place at I-75 and M-81 in Saginaw county, will change that.

"We want to reduce those numbers," Richardson said.

The $1.3 million comes from a federal grant to improve dangerous intersections. Even though Richardson knows not everyone will embrace this change, she's confident this move will make a difference for folks traveling through Midland.

"We want to alleviate the crashes that are occurring at that intersection and just do something that will result in an increase in overall safety in that area," Richardson said.

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