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Road commission exploring plans for Flint Township roundabout

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(09/18/12) - A proposed change at a busy Genesee County intersection has some people worried they'll be driving in circles.

The road commission is considering building a roundabout at W. Court Street and S. Dye Road in Flint Township.

The road commission says changing the intersection from a four-way stop to a roundabout should make it safer at the busy intersection.

"Usually between 3 and 5:30 p.m. it's pretty busy, I usually don't get the mail until after then," said Flint Township resident Teresa Conrad.

Conrad is used to seeing people fly by her home. "During the summer, you hear a lot of tires screeching. And I usually wait for the bang."

Township supervisor Karyn Miller worries about the intersection too. "People aren't paying attention to the stop sign. They just blow through the stop sign and that's caused several accidents and a fatality in 2010."

Now, the Genesee County Road Commission has a plan to address the problem. The roundabout would be paid for by a federal grant, as well as the county and township.

"It keeps the traffic flowing so that people don't have to stop, but it does slow you down when you enter," Miller said.

Miller says she wasn't sure the plan would work at first, but after hearing stats that show roundabouts can dramatically reduce injury and deadly accidents, she changed her mind. "When you have a traffic signal or a four way stop, you have the potential of T-Bone accidents, with a roundabout you won't have that, and so the impact on collisions will be a lot less."

James Binkley is not a fan of roundabouts. "They're confusing, very confusing."

If the township and county give the project a green light, the road commission says it will take plenty of time to educate the community about how to use the roundabouts safely.

And while Conrad isn't entirely sold on the idea, she's open to learning more after successfully navigating one before. "I got it. I was OK with it. I knew when to get off to get where I wanted to go, so I didn't have an issue with it, I just wonder how this is going to work."

Residents can learn more about the plan at two upcoming meetings.

The first is happening Wednesday, Sept. 19 during the West Flint Business Association meeting. It starts at 12 p.m. at Valley Coney Island, located at 5009 Miller Road. That's near Linden.

There's also a Flint Township board meeting on Monday, Sept. 24. The meeting starts at 7 p.m., but the supervisor expects the presentation to start around 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the township offices, located at 1490 S. Dye Road.

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