GCRC to hold meeting regarding reconstruction of VanSlyke Rd.

FLINT TWP. — The Genesee County Road Commission is holding a public meeting on its planned reconstruction of a portion of Van Slyke Road, which is expected to cost more than $1.4 million.

The public meeting and input session is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Flint Township Police Department, 5200 Norko Drive in Flint Township.

The GCRC is currently designing plans to resurface Van Slyke Road from a four-lane to a three-lane roadway from Maple Avenue to Bristol Road. The reconfigured lane setup will be two travel lanes in each direction, with a shared centerturn lane. Maps, plans, costs and study reports will be available for public review, and comments from the public will be record.

“A four-lane is for a high capacity road, and on that one-mile stretch you don’t have the traffic like you used to, but you do have a lot of turning locations,” said Alex Patsy, programming and development engineer. “This gives you a nice, safe place to take a left turn onto those side streets so you don’t get rearended and a full traffic lane on either side. It gives you a paved shoulder for a bike path on the outside, and it’s a lot less road we have to maintain in the future. Then down at Bristol, you’ll still have five lanes there.”

Patsy said the GCRC has used a similar plan to resurface four lanes into three lanes on several area streets that aren’t as heavily traveled as they used to be.

Construction is expected to begin in June 2020, with the goal of being completed by August 2020. The road will be open to through traffic during construction with at least one lane open in each direction.

The project is being funded mainly with Federal Surface Transportation Programming funds administered through the Michigan Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and the GCRC.

For more information or to submit comments or questions regarding this project, contact Patsy at 211 W. Oakley St., Flint, Michigan 48503; telephone, 810-767-4920 extension 252; or fax, 810- 767-6570.