Wyoming City Council Votes to Improve M-6 Pedestrian Trail | News
On Monday, June 4th, the Wyoming City Council voted to connect the sidewalk along Byron Center Avenue with M-6 Trail along the North side of M-6. Wyoming is sharing the $115,000 cost of construction with the Kent County Parks Commission.
In 2004, the City of Wyoming updated Byron Center Avenue from a two lane country road to a six lane boulevard with public utilities and sidewalk extending South to Metro Way. The Michigan Department of Transportation completed the M-6 pedestrian trail in 2010, which crosses Byron Center Avenue at the foot of the West-bound M-6 off ramp just south of the Wyoming city limit. Connecting the trail to the sidewalk along Byron Center Avenue will allow trail users to cross the street at a safer location.
The crossing drew increased public scrutiny last year. On July 9, 2011, Larry Martin was cycling the trail and was struck and killed by a car at the Bryon Center Avenue crossing. The accident raised concern regarding the crossing location and the timing of the crossing signal light.
“By crossing at Metro Way, trail users will be able to cross Byron Center at a location that doesn’t have a right-turn-on-red situation, so there will be no movement of traffic at the intersection,” said Russ Henckel, assistant director of Public Works for the City of Wyoming. “After a pedestrian pushes the button, there will be no one going through the intersection until the pedestrian has time to cross the street. It will be a lot safer.”
The city plans to complete construction by July 20.