HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - Solving the safety problem along M-40 out of Holland towards Allegan isn’t going to come easy.
Two high-profile fatal winter accidents in the past eight years, involving vehicles that skidded under the trailers of semis pulling out of the Tulip City Truck Stop south of I-196, has led some to clamor for something to be done. State transportation officials say that, according to their traffic surveys, a signal isn’t warranted for that area. Pete Pheiffer of M-DOT’s Kalamazoo office went over details of a recent in-depth department study with Holland City Council members last night that included building two 200-foot-wide roundabouts to slow down motorists averaging over the 55 mile-per-hour speed limit on that stretch of highway while allowing truckers to pull out of the truck stop. First Ward Councilman Mike Trethewey admitted to WHTC News that he’s no traffic engineer, but as an average motorist, he’s skeptical about the feasibility of these roundabouts, and proposes other changes that would address both safety and commerce concerns.
The plans are tentative at this point, as there is no funding or full-scale engineering in place right now.