March 8 Ballot: Charter Amendment about Maple Road in Birmingham

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(Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 8, 2016)

Birmingham, MI – A resident petition has put on the ballot a charter amendment that would prevent the City of Birmingham from reducing the number of lanes on Maple Road “between Cranbrook Road and Southfield Road and between Woodward Avenue and Eton Street.” The vote will happen on March 8, 2016 which is also the date of the Presidential Primary.

The City has been conducting a traffic study to see if a three lane road which includes a turn lane would reduce traffic accidents, particularly rear-end accidents caused when someone is blumzAD_planning01making a left-turn. Resident Jim Mirro turned in 1,426 signatures to have a charter amendment placed on the ballot to stop any potential changes.

The ballot proposal reads as follows:

Charter Amendment

Maple Road

Shall the Charter of the City of Birmingham, Michigan, be amended by adding a new Section 10 to Chapter XI entitled “Maple Road” to state that “The configuration of Maple Road shall not be less than four (4) through traffic lanes, dedicated for motor vehicle use, between Cranbrook Road and Southfield Road and between Woodward Avenue and Eton Street.”

The following video by the City of Birmingham explains the plans that prompted the citizen to petition for a Charter change. The Charter change would prevent this project or future projects from changing Maple Road.

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