Acme Township officials are close to a vote on building a roundabout on highway M-72 near a proposed Meijer store. The planning commission could take a stand on the issue as early as Monday, with a likely final vote from the township board a week later, officials say. The circle would guide the flow of traffic at the Lautner Road intersection without the need for stop lights. A second roundabout is proposed for Lautner Road, south of the highway.
The road changes would direct traffic that's likely to increase if a Meijer is built there. The roundabouts would also be contingent upon the store's final approval, which could come to a vote in November or December. Meijer is proposed as the first phase of the Village at Grand Traverse development. The Village is intended to eventually include other stores, neighborhoods of houses and apartments and possibly municipal buildings. The Meijer and the village concept were first proposed 10 years ago, though controversy and lawsuits have stalled it several times.
State and county road officials have already given their thumbs up to the traffic circles.
The public will be allowed to comment on the road and Meijer issues at Monday's meeting, and the board will also hear from a traffic consultant on issues of safety, congestion and other concerns.