Dort Highway may shrink from 4 lanes to 3 in Flint, Genesee Township

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FLINT (WJRT) (3/15/2019) - The Michigan Department of Transportation is proposing a "road diet" on a stretch of Dort Highway, shrinking it from four lanes to three in Flint and Genesee Township.

The proposal involves a stretch of the roadway, which is also M-54, from Coldwater Road in Flint to Mt. Morris Road in Genesee Township. The two lanes each northbound and southbound would change to one lane in each direction with a center turn lane.

MDOT says the "road diet" would reduce rear-end and sideswipe crashes on the road while making it safer for pedestrians and bicyclists with wider shoulders. Some intersection improvements are planned, as well.

The project would happen in 2020, but plans are not final. MDOT is accepting feedback from the public during an open house at the Davison Transportation Service Center from 5 to 7 p.m. April 4.

Anyone for or against the proposal to reduce the number of lanes is invited to share their opinion with planners, as they finalize the project. The transportation service center is located at 9495 E. Potter Road in Davison.