Changes will be made starting Wednesday to Business Loop I-196 in South Haven from Phoenix Street to Aylworth Avenue. Also known as Broadway and LaGrange avenues, the road will be changing from a four-lane roadway to three lanes, with one in each direction and a center turn lane. Called a “road diet,” the plan is to study the change in the striping of the street for a year before any permanent changes would be made to the pavement. South Haven Public Works director Bill Hunter says Compton, Incorporated has been hired to do the re-striping, which will wrap up later this fall.
Along with the addition of a center turn lane, bicycle lanes will be added along with markings to make it safer for pedestrians.