Grant will fund new traffic circle in Sturgis

Sturgis officials announced a traffic roundabout will be built in 2023.

The traffic circle will be constructed at what will become the East Lafayette Street- North Franks Avenue intersection. The city recently was awarded a $472,000 highway safety improvement program grant from Michigan Department of Transportation for road-safety improvements.

The city received the grant funding to rework the intersection of East Lafayette Road, the east leg of the Sturgis Middle School parking lot, and North Franks Avenue at the new Spence softball complex, to improve safety and traffic flow.

The East Lafayette and North Franks Avenue project is a collaborative effort among the city, St. Joseph County Road Commission and Sturgis Public Schools to resolve safety issues at the intersection.

An extension also is planned for North Franks Avenue between Doyle Community Center and East Lafayette Avenue.

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One comment

  1. There’s not enough money to fix existing potholes, rough roads and shoulders, but millions of dollars are to be tossed away on yet another vanity project. A project clearly not needed in the face of Covid-related lifestyle changes. But heck, there’s money in the proverbial pot that elected officials can’t figure out how to re-direct? Hail MDOT and our great leaders!

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