Marquette traffic studied

MARQUETTE – A study for the city of Marquette is focusing on traffic counts and flow at various intersections.

City engineer Keith Whittington said the traffic study started in October to obtain data on counts and vehicle-turning movements to see if some intersections can be mitigated to operate better. Possible improvements, he said, include making changes to signals and moving lanes.

“The traffic study is city-wide as it’s to get an update of traffic counts,” Whittington said. “The last one we had was in 2000.”

Cameras were recently installed at various intersections in the latest phase of the project, Whittington said. In the spring, small round counters about the size of hockey pucks will be taped on streets to determine average daily traffic counts.

It was too late this year, he said, to install the pucks because of the weather.

Whittington said 80 intersections and 19 traffic corridors were included in the project.

Blake Rieboldt captain of patrol operations for the city police department said cameras were in place for a few days this week to monitor traffic at these intersections: McClellan Avenue and Washington Street; McClellan and Baraga Avenue; McClellan and Ridge Street; Lincoln Avenue at Washington and Wright streets and Cleveland, College and Fair avenues; and Washington and South Seventh, Fifth, Fourth and Third streets.

Whittington said after the study is completed, an informational presentation will be made to the Marquette City Commission to determine the next course of action.

DLZ of Michigan, he said, was the consultant for the project, which cost $108,000.

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.