We need to address the traffic bottleneck that is US-23 from Ann Arbor to Brighton
I am writing to express my concerns and aggravation about the traffic on US-23 from Brighton to Ann Arbor.
With more motorists on the road than ever before, this 15-mile stretch on a two-lane highway from Brighton to Ann Arbor needs at least one additional lane. There are six on ramps from Brighton to Ann Arbor with NO room to merge into traffic, which is the main reason there are accidents on this road constantly.
I live in the Hartland area and for me to go 34 miles, it takes one to two hours to get to work, which is inexcusable.
Suggestion is to build an extra lane or two, extend the on ramps or build a bypass. There has been ongoing construction all summer long near Brighton on US-23 just to repave the road. My question is why do we have to have an emergency lane on the left side too? I have traveled all over the U.S. and many states have the emergency lane on the right side, which should be the case here. Make the left emergency lane an additional traffic lane or add another lane on the right side.
This is a very hazardous 15-mile stretch of road, and there is a lot of bumper-to-bumper traffic and accidents, which can be avoided with better road planning. I cannot believe that it has taken this long for someone from the road commission and planning to figure out that US-23 North and South needs an additional lanes or a bypass. This is a serious safety issue and needs to be addressed immediately. Case in point, at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 20, there was another two-car accident at North Territorial Road on southbound on US-23.
— Sean Quick, Fenton