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Ask NOW: When will the lanes on Burleigh Street near Highway 45 be less confusing?

Lane signs at the Highway 45 bridge point the way through current lane confusion on westbound Burleigh Street.

Lane signs at the Highway 45 bridge point the way through current lane confusion on westbound Burleigh Street.

April 15, 2014

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When will the lanes on Burleigh Street near Highway 45 be less confusing?

Issue: Two readers within a few days wrote to us noting the confusion on westbound Burleigh Street approaching the highway.

"There are two left-turn lanes," wrote one reader, noting that she has seen drivers think the right-most left-turn lane also allowed them to go straight. The other reader called attention to similar confusion in the far right lane of westbound Burleigh Street.

They both wonder when pavement lane markings will be corrected.

Status: City Engineer Bill Wehrley said the city is in the process of restriping the lanes, as weather permits.

He advised drivers to look at the overhead lane signs affixed to the Highway 45 Bridge for guidance.

He also said Burleigh Street road design and construction to accommodate new retail development east of the highway is a work in progress.

"We are in the process of widening the road, providing proper turn lanes and installing new signals at two intersections," Wehrley said.

Roadwork started last summer. The Mayfair Collection recently opened, generating a high volume of traffic. The Meijer store under construction is expected to open within the year.

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