Article: The Review (May/June 2014): “Getting Rid of Gridlock” – Mattawan, MI

Small community. Big traffic problems. Easy solution.

Sometimes it really can be that simple. Just ask Tom Anthony, Superintendent of Public Works for the Village of Mattawan.

“We were convinced our traffic signal at a busy intersection was not operating properly as we were experiencing long traffic queues and vehicle delays,” recalled Anthony. “The intersection is controlled by an eight-phase, fully traffic-actuated controller. We were sure we would need to come up with at least $100,000 to fix our traffic problems.”

Mattawan, located on the eastern border of Van Buren County, is typical of most villages in Michigan. With around 2,000 people calling it home, Mattawan is picturesque in any season and the residents and tradespeople are friendly and proud of their small-town atmosphere. A problem with gridlock didn’t fit in with the Village’s image.

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