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MDOT to Conduct New M-40 Study

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HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - In response to the fatal crash two weeks ago that claimed the life of popular Hamilton High teacher Joshua Hoppe, M-DOT will conduct another study next month about the safety of M-40 south of the I-196 interchange.

Hoppe died when his car skidded under the trailer of a semi pulling out of the Tulip City Truck Stop in a collision similar to one nearly seven years ago that killed Curtis Boeve and his two children. Studies done shortly after that wreck indicated that no traffic control devices should be installed, although other measures were taken. However, as M-DOT Southwest Region Office Manager Pete Pfeiffer said to Holland City Council members last night, this new evaluation will be different, as it will take into account driver behaviors and other "holistic" factors.

An online petition conducted after Hoppe’s death asked for a signal, among other initiatives, in that area. Construction of a new entrance ramp onto I-196 is slated for next year.

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