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Signal at Lincoln, M-231 features new technology

Alexander Sinn • Jul 20, 2019 at 12:00 PM

A traffic signal featuring new technology will help traffic flow at the corner of Lincoln Street and M-231 in Robinson Township.

The traffic signal, which was recently installed by the Michigan Department of Transportation, is expected to light up in the coming weeks.

Nick Schirripa, a spokesman for MDOT, said the intersection was experiencing traffic delays, and the signal aims to increase gaps in traffic for the high-speed roads. Lincoln Street has a 55-mph speed limit and M-231 has a 65-mph limit.

The signal will change based on detection vehicles present on Lincoln Street, which Schirripa said increases efficiency. It will also feature a “dilemma zone” technology on both Lincoln and M-231, which extends the yellow signal for a vehicle it detects is not slowing fast enough.

The signal is among the first with this technology in Michigan, Schirripa said.

“This safety enhancement adjusts when the signal turns yellow for a vehicle where the driver isn’t sure whether to slow down or continue through a possible light, which mitigates ‘red light running’ in a high-speed intersection,” he explained.

Lincoln at M-231 has been the site of numerous crashes since the state highway opened in 2015, including a two-car crash last weekend. The route is also a detour when the U.S. 31 drawbridge in Grand Haven is stuck or undergoing delays, which typically requires law enforcement to direct traffic at the Robinson Township corner.

Local officials have asked MDOT to preserve land for future expansion of the bypass, which could extend to intersect with I-196 near Zeeland. It currently runs from Lake Michigan Drive (M-45) in Robinson Township to M-104 in Crockery Township.

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