Neighbors ask drivers to slow down while dodging roundabout construction

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GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (5/15/2018) - Drivers are feeling the strain thanks to new construction in Grand Blanc Township and this is leading some of them to break the law.

A new roundabout at Belsay and Hill roads has drivers looking for new ways around roadblocks and police are keeping a watchful eye.

“It's just one right after another because the school was letting out,” Marlyn Shaw said.

For almost six decades, the Shaw's subdivision was a quiet neighborhood. Recently their streets have become hectic as people rush to get their kids to and from school.

A couple of blocks away crews are working on putting in a new roundabout at the intersection of Belsay and Hill Roads.

“It is a subdivision and you're supposed to go 25 mph, and they are hitting down 40 to 50 mph to try and make up lost time,” Shaw said.

The construction is causing a mess for drivers in the area. Police are handing out warnings to drivers for speeding down side streets and cutting through the Rite Aid parking lot, but don't expect that leniency to last long.

"We will do whatever we can to let them know they don't do it and let's all work together and hope July 30th gets here soon,” Grand Blanc Township Police Lt. Matthew Simpson said.

The nearly $800,000 road project is mostly paid off through federal money. Susan Blank is hoping this project will reduce the traffic she has to deal with getting out of her subdivision.

"At certain times it's quite difficult to get out of the side street I live off of,” Blank said.

In the meantime, the Shaws are hoping people will be considerate when driving down their side streets.

"I just hope they get more police out here to control it, so there's nobody who gets hurt,” Shaw said.

The project started a month late and is now scheduled to be complete by July 31. Until then, the Shaws don't mind people driving in their neighborhood if they follow the speed limits.

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