Ten Mile Road Proposed Widening

One more chance to speak up over Ten Mile plan

April 7, 2011 // 0 Comments

Road commission hears from public, board to meet by BETH ALTENA People spoke up on both sides of the proposed widening of Ten Mile Road from the Rockford Meijer driveway to Childsdale. Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) Director of Engineering Wayne Harroll met with residents Thursday, March 31 at Resurrection Life Church. The meeting was the second-to-last chance for the public to offer their input before the construction begins in July. Harroll said the KCRC had three choices regarding Ten Mile Road up to the Rockford City entrance. “We could do nothing, make it a three-lane or a five-lane,” Harroll said to residents. Harroll said the road already exceeds the number of vehicles daily for a three-lane road (15,000 per day or fewer for a safe three-lane) and the commission believes expanding to a five-lane road with two paved bike/pedestrian paths will accommodate traffic through the next 20 years. In 2010 there were 22,225 vehicles per day on the section of road under consideration. “In 2030 we estimate 33,025 vehicles per day,” Harroll said. From January 1, 2005 to December 2009 there were 159 accidents, 55 of which were rear-end. This indicates a need for a left-turn lane, Harroll said. Resident input on the plan that came from a July 13, 2010 meeting led the KCRC to alter the original plan by adding a four-foot paved pedestrian/bike path on each side of the road and not having Ten Mile completely closed during parts of the construction. Responding to feedback, a traffic signal at Childsdale was also added. The home at 273 Ten Mile qualifies for historic preservation, although it is not currently designated historic, according to the State Historic Preservation Office revue, and Harroll said he had to guarantee the mature trees in that home’s yard would not be removed as part of this project. He said environmental assessments were performed to make sure a minimum of wetlands was affected and that no endangered or threatened species would be affected by the project. Harroll said a sound study showed that 19 of 21 sites studied did exceed the recommended sound limit of 66 decibels, but the cost of mitigation, at $40,640 per residence, was not reasonable or feasible. Harroll said the problem with containing sound […]