A new caution light on the corner of M-59 and Hacker Road is a warning for drivers at the busy intersection to slow down and be aware of other drivers.
It’s a warning system that members of the St. John’s church has been trying to get for five years, according to congregation member James Lorang.
“We wanted to put a regular light there, but the state wouldn’t do it right away,” Lorang said. “Supposedly, they’re going to do it in another year or something.”
With safety being their number one concern, Lorang says that the church was hoping for the regular light with a timer device to help with the flow of traffic on Sunday mornings.
With two heavily attended masses that day, Lorang says that approximately 600 cars can be waiting for up to a half hour when trying to exit from Hacker Road onto the busy M-59 highway. Left turns are the most dangerous, according to Lorang.
“We’ve had several really bad accidents here,” he said. “Several head-on collisions.”
With the new caution lights now installed, Lorang says he doesn’t know how effective the lights will be. The 12-year Hartland resident also hopes for more safety precautions in the future, including the regular stop light as well as a widening of the highway to include a possible turning lane.
“This is the state giving us a starting block," he said. "But we don’t know if they’re going to do the stoplight thing or the turn lane thing and just leave the caution light.”
Hartland Patch wants to know: Are the flashing caution lights enough to help direct traffic on Hacker or should a regular traffic light be installed? Are there other intersections in Hartland that need traffic lights as well?
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