|People’s Choice Award Nominee|
|Safety First: Michigan Department of Transportation
M-115 Clare County Improvement Project
Clare County, MI
“It was evident that the M-115 Project was a win-win for all”
Using a $1 million grant from the FHWA’s “Highways for Life” safety program, MIDOT upgraded a rural 5.5-mile, two-lane section of Michigan 115 from Lake Station Avenue to the Osceola/Clare County line. The project was designed to promote innovative construction techniques such as self-adjusting temporary signals and temporary object markers to eliminate vehicle runoffs. Other innovative ideas included the use of pre-cast bridge construction and using a best value award process that took mobility and construction staging along with safety and cost into account. Overall, traffic delays averaged two minutes, 16 seconds, and the project was completed 20 days ahead of schedule. The project significantly improved pavement conditions and safety along the road.