February 14, 2017

Leonard lane markings, signs and signals altered to improve traffic safety

The City of Grand Rapids Traffic Safety Department and the Michigan Department of Transportation have teamed up to incorporate traffic signal, lane configuration, signage and pavement marking changes along Leonard Street near US-131 to improve the traffic operation at the intersections of Leonard Street with Scribner Avenue and Turner Avenue.

The City of Grand Rapids Traffic Safety Department and the Michigan Department of Transportation have teamed up to incorporate traffic signal, lane configuration, signage and pavement marking changes along Leonard Street near US-131 to improve the traffic operation at the intersections of Leonard Street with Scribner Avenue and Turner Avenue.

Beginning next week (week of Feb. 20), lane configuration in the westbound direction between Scribner Avenue and Turner Avenue will be modified to provide two westbound to southbound left-turn only lanes and one dedicated through lane. The lane configuration on northbound Scribner approaching Leonard Street will be modified to provide a single dedicated left-turn lane, two through lanes, and a single dedicated right-turn lane. The new lane configuration will result in operational changes for vehicles entering the area westbound on Leonard Street and northbound on Scribner Avenue.

Westbound on Leonard Street:

Vehicles traveling westbound on Leonard Street crossing Scribner Avenue in the inside through lane will be required to enter one of the two westbound left-turn lanes and make a left-turn movement onto southbound Turner Avenue. The westbound curb lane will be guided into the corresponding through lane on the west side of the Scribner Avenue. The change to provide a single westbound through lane will also eliminate the existing merge from two westbound lanes, east of Turner Avenue, to one westbound lane west of Turner Avenue.

Northbound on Scribner:

The changes to the northbound approach along Scribner Avenue will result in a single left-turn lane being provided to travel from northbound Scribner Avenue to westbound Leonard Street.  Based on their desired destination, vehicles will make the left-turn onto Leonard Street and enter the westbound through lane to continue westbound along Leonard Street, or enter one of the two westbound to southbound left-turn lanes to travel south along Turner Avenue.  This is intended to limit the weaving of traffic between lanes along Leonard Street from Scribner Avenue to Turner Avenue. Northbound through movements will be accommodated by the middle two travel lanes.  Northbound right-turn movements will now have a dedicated right-turn only lane at Leonard Street.

According to Traffic Safety Manager Chris Zull, approximately 32,000 vehicles travel through each of these intersections daily.  “This is a significant corridor for the City and these intersection improvements are critical to its safe operation and the efficient movement of traffic.”

Zull added that appropriate changes to the traffic signal at the intersection of Leonard Street and Turner Avenue, as well as improved roadway signage and pavement markings, will also be added to provide guidance of the new operation for vehicular traffic.