Eastman Avenue Traffic Concerns:
Developing a Roadmap to the Future
City engineers and traffic consultants DLZ are working on the initial steps
in a long process that will result in widening Eastman where it
intersects with Airport and Wackerly roads. This improvement plan
follows the recommendation of citizens who participated in the fall
of 2006 in
Eastman Avenue Design Series.
Survey work along
Eastman from Wackerly Road to Commerce Drive has been completed, and
preliminary designs are in the works.
As Eastman Avenue improvements continue,
updates will be posted on this web page and the
MGTV Cable Channel 5 message board.
How It All Started:
During a series of
held in January 2005, Midland citizens consistently mentioned
traffic in the city – specifically in the Midland Mall area – as the
number one thing they would change about Midland if they could.
In response to this feedback, early in 2005 the City of Midland contracted with
traffic and engineering consulting firm DLZ Michigan, Inc. to find
possible solutions for improving traffic along one of Midland’s
busiest corridors – Eastman Avenue from Wackerly Street to Commerce
Beginning in March 2005, DLZ studied Eastman Avenue traffic patterns near the mall and found that specific
problems exist that will only worsen in the future. DLZ developed
three different options to consider when making decisions on how to
improve traffic flow along this portion of Eastman Avenue. These
three options are outlined in an "At Your Service" Newsletter
sent to Midland residents in early December 2005.
DLZ's initial report of Eastman Avenue traffic issues and possible solutions was presented to Midland City
Council at its December 12, 2005 meeting. During that meeting,
Council approved a process for seeking public input on the
recommended improvements, any one of which could serve as Midland's
roadmap to the future regarding traffic flow on the north end of the
DLZ December 2005 Report on Eastman Avenue Traffic:
Click here - December 12, 2005 Report - for DLZ's
initial report on three
specific Eastman Avenue improvement proposals, plus possible solutions to
traffic concerns on Joe Mann Boulevard and at the intersection of
Jefferson Ave./Wackerly St.
The Dec. 12, 2005, Council meeting at which the DLZ report
was delivered can be viewed in its entirety via
on this website. Just look for the December 2005 Council meeting link.
Roadmap Response Forms:
release of DLZ's December 2005 report, Council sought the
input of Midland residents on what they thought could be the best
improvement option for Eastman Avenue and other heavily-trafficked areas of the city. The City provided several avenues through which citizens
could voice their views on the issue, the most effective being a Roadmap Response Survey filled out
by more than 700 people during the winter of 2006. To view the findings from that survey,
Roadmap Response Form Results
Eastman Avenue Design Series:
Because of the
multitude of ideas expressed by citizens through the Roadmap Response
Forms, the City and traffic consultants DLZ went back to the drawing
board to further analyze the Eastman Avenue traffic issue.
The result of that research was discussed in
September 6, 2006
report to City Council. Through the report, DLZ introduced a process for seeking additional public
Avenue Design Series. Click at left to find out more about the