City cancels MDOT contract for roundabout project

FLUSHING — The City of Flushing has officially quashed plans for a proposed roundabout at a busy city intersection.

At the Oct. 12 meeting, Flushing City Council unanimously voted to cancel a contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) that would have provided for construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Flushing Road, E. Pierson Road and Main Street. The $1 million project was eligible for nearly $800,000 in federal funds but would have required around $380,000 from the City of Flushing’s road funds received through Public Act 51.

During previous meetings, city council members concluded that a roundabout would not be in the best interest of the city, citing a lack of support from residents and further studies which showed that the construction would have had little to no improvement on traffic at the intersection.

Flushing Mayor Joseph Karlichek said that the city will focus on traffic enforcement measures and other options for improving traffic on E. Pierson Road and the intersection leading into town.

Prior to cancelling the roundabout project, the city council approved cancellation of road diet projects for E. Pierson Road at the Dec. 9, 2019 meeting and the Feb. 10, 2020 meeting, respectively. — B.G.