Posted on 16 February 2017.
This photo shows a new left-hand turn signal for westbound traffic at 17 Mile and White Creek. There is also a signal on the other side for eastbound traffic turning left. Photo by J. Reed.
By Judy Reed
Kent County recently installed two new traffic signals at White Creek and 17 Mile Road that will hopefully cut down on crashes in that intersection. Drivers that travel eastbound on 17 Mile and wish to turn left (north) on White Creek and those traveling westbound who wish to turn left (south) on White Creek now have a left-hand turn signal to help time their turn.
“Our Traffic and Safety Division had received a number of concerns regarding the intersection and had been monitoring the location,” explained Maura Lamoreaux, communications spokesman for the Kent County Road Commission. “Integral to the decision to install the signal was data that included the types of crashes occurring and the volume of traffic at the intersection, particularly the volume of eastbound left turns coupled with the lack of gaps in opposing westbound traffic.”
Lamoreaux said that the most recent 24-hour count showed approximately 19,000 vehicles travel through that intersection every day.
People might also be happy to know that another busy intersection in the area will get a stop and go signal later this year. The Michigan Department of Transportation will put in the signal at M-57 (14 Mile) and Myers Lake Avenue. “The traffic signal study showed significant delays on Myers Lake Rd, high enough traffic volumes, and a lack of gaps in the M-57 traffic stream,” explained John Richard, with MDOT. He said the signal will be installed sometime in their 2017 fiscal year, which means by or before September 30, 2017.
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Posted on 22 September 2016.
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Once again, on the corner of White Creek and 17 Mile Road, there is a wreck—one truck with the front end destroyed and the other upside down. Quite a few crashes in the center turn lane and the other lanes on 17 Mile Road. Two people taken to the hospital from the two-truck incident. Cars are turning this way and that way into the stores. People run the light at White Creek and 17 Mile Road often. Does anyone else wish the speed limit on both roads was 35 mph enforced? Forty-five to 50 mph is way too fast.
David Viau, Cedar Springs
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Posted on 18 February 2016.
These two vehicles were involved in a traffic crash in front of Arby’s on 17 Mile Tuesday.
Photo by Autumn Schovey.
Photo by Autumn Schovey.
A traffic crash Tuesday afternoon, on 17 Mile Road, about ¼ mile east of White Creek Avenue, sent one driver to the hospital and caused traffic to be rerouted.
According to Sgt. Jason Kelley, with the Kent County Sheriff Department’s Cedar Springs Unit, witnesses reported that at about 4 p.m., February 16, a 59-year-old Algoma Township woman entered traffic on 17 Mile from a private drive without first stopping, and was struck by an eastbound vehicle driven by a 19-year-old Cedar Springs man.
The woman was transported to the hospital by Rockford Ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries. The accident is still under investigation.
Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.
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Posted on 11 June 2015.
Two people were injured Wednesday afternoon, shortly before 4 p.m., June 10, when a vehicle disregarded the red light at the intersection of White Creek and 17 Mile Road.
According to Sgt. Jason Kelley, of the Kent County Sheriff Department’s Cedar Springs Unit, witnesses at the scene said that a woman driving a white pickup truck was driving eastbound on 17 Mile, when she disregarded the stoplight, and struck a red Blazer that was southbound on White Creek. The truck then careened off the roadway to the right and drove down the hill into the BP gas station lot.
The driver of the Blazer, a Sparta man, was ejected. His front seat passenger, a woman was also injured. Both were sent to the hospital by ambulance, with unknown injuries.
The driver of the pickup, a woman from Sand Lake, was not transported.
The Cedar Springs Fire Department assisted at the scene.
No other details were available at press time.
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