MDOT details 131 plans

A four-way intersection at what could fairly be considered the most dangerous intersection in St. Joseph County will replace the current configuration, Michigan Department of Transportation officials confirmed Tuesday.

View Zoomable U.S. 131 Concept Map Here

During an open-house format event at the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging facility in Three Rivers, MDOT officials said the south leg of the U.S. 131/M-60 intersection will be reconfigured to a four-way stop.

The improvement is one of several modifications to U.S. 131 set to take place in 2019. Tuesday’s open house provided a preview of the $17 million project. It will include Michigan Left turns at locations that now feature traffic signals, a boulevard concept that will feature a grassy median between the northbound and southbound lanes, the addition of a sidewalk on the west side of the route and the elimination of a slip ramp from northbound U.S. 131 onto eastbound M-60 (Michigan Avenue).

About 60 people attended the two-hour session and most were relieved to hear about a plan to boost safety at the U.S. 131/M-60 eastbound intersection. A traffic circle was originally proposed for the location but was removed due to its $7 million price tag.

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