Speed study for M-15

BY PHIL CUSTODIO
Clarkston News Editor
Clarkston City Council voted 6-0 to approve a resolution calling for a speed study on M-15 between Paramus and Waldon Road.
“I know people in that area are really concerned about the speed,” said Council member Susan Wylie at the Nov. 14 meeting.
It will be sent to Michigan Department of Transportation along with a similar resolution approved by the Independence Township Board. The effort is in response to increase speed and danger to walkers, said Pat Kittle, Independence Township supervisor.
“Two middle school age kids were hit on M-15 this summer,” Kittle said. “Speed was deemed part and parcel of what happened.”
The state route is on the border of the two communities, through a residential area.
Michigan State Police will conduct a speed study. The goal is to lower the speed limit from 40 to 30 mph. Based on the results of the study, the state could raise, lower, or maintain the speed limit, Kittle said.
“There is a risk,” he said.
A study to Oakland County Sheriff’s Office showed 41-42 mph in the area, the supervisor said.
The speed study is also the first step towards a traffic calming device, such as a radar activated speed indicator, which the township would pay for, he said.
Lt. Dirk Feneley, Independence Township sheriff’s substation commander, said Petosky has the devices in several areas.
“It’s one of the most calming devices they’ve got,” Feneley said. “They’re portable, solar powered, weigh about 27 pounds, and cost about $5,000-$6,000 for everything.”
The study will take about three to four weeks to a month to schedule, and a couple days to complete, Kittle said.