MDOT considering options with U.S. 12/M-51 intersection south of Niles

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A major interection south of Niles could either become an intersection with traffic lights…or a roundabout.

The bridges on U.S. 12 over Michigan 51 are coming down in the coming years and the Michigan Department of Transportation is trying to figure out what to do with the interchange.

The bridge project is funded for 2023, but the South Bend Tribune reports there’s no money for the pavement work.

So instead of replacing the aging bridges installed in 1955, there’s four options: replacing the bridges and reconfiguring the ramps, a two-lane roundabout, an intersection with indirect left turns (or J-turns), or a standard intersection with a direct left turn.

MDOT officials are also looking at ways to fix M-51 itself, which is in poor condition.

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