No Streetlight for Intersection of Clyde and Fenton Roads

Residents can expect new signage and monitoring of intersection.

Despite one local woman’s efforts to see improvements made to an intersection where just weeks ago was a scene of a fatal accident, the Livingston County Road Commission (LCRC) has decided against installing any additional streetlights in the near future.

Adrienne Conner of Hartland had initiated a request to have a streetlight installed on the corner of Clyde and Fenton Roads to help with visibility and improve the safety conditions after a recent fatal accident.

However, based off of statistics supplied by the Livingston County Road Commision, the intersection has had only seven accidents in the past five years, which equates to a relatively low frequency based on the high traffic volumes, according to Hartland Township Public Works Director, Robert West.

“And the majority of the accidents have occurred during daylight hours,” West said. “So what they (LCRC) would like to do is study the intersection more in depth.”

On Jan. 11, Roger Miles of Fenton lost his life after his vehicle was hit by a car driven by Treena Jean Beazley after she failed to stop for a stop sign. Police believe alcohol played a part in the fatal accident.

Focusing on the factor that Beazley may have been impaired on Jan. 11, West call the accident "tragic," but recommends that any residents who are concerned about the safety of the intersection contact the Livingston County Road Commission directly.

“Essentially, this particular incident that took the life of Roger Miles was the result of a drunk driver and that’s the main factor,” West said. “Drunk driving is a huge issue and unfortunately there isn’t a traffic control device out there that can actually prevent that.”

West said that the Livingston County Road Commision does have plans to monitor the intersection more closely, which may lead to a possible light in the future, and will also install improved signage that includes upgraded reflectivity, posts and signs.

However, no timeframe was given on when residents can expect the new signs to be installed.

Kelly January 30, 2013 at 12:31 PM
No surprise...I've seen places far more deserving of streetlights, stoplights or other markers to make things more safe. There are only so many funds to go around and this didn't sound like it was justified despite a life lost which is tragic. They do need to move the stoplight from the old Hartland highschool which doesn't get much traffic to CSA. I'm sure having them both there might be too many(?) legally and CSA needs some resolution.
Tenely Smith January 30, 2013 at 01:08 PM
It took about 15 years of effort by the staff of St John Catholic Church to get the flashing yellow at the corner of M59 & Hacker. Not the full traffic light we had hoped for but at least a little more visibility. Now, why aren't the new streetlights at the entrance to Ore Creek Middle School on at night?
Tom Tyson January 30, 2013 at 02:39 PM
From what I heard both cars had their headlights on, Clyde had a stop sign, One driver decided not to stop, how would a light make a difference? It's like putting up drug free and gun free zones around a school. How is that working for ya? maybe outlaw guns from those that are law abiding, End result it won't work. Save the money leave the intersection alone, jail the drunks, most drunk drivers have been doing it for years
Erin Welch January 30, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Quite simply the speed limit on all of the dirt roads that have crossroads at any point on Fenton Rd need to be evaluated and ideally need to be reduced to the former 25MPH at the VERY LEAST 35 MPH and ENFORCED especially during the morning rush. When the schools let out in the afternoon the teenage kids run 4-5 across while training for sports, younger kids coming off the bus and then drivers (inexperienced ones especially) come over the hills at 50 mph trying to break on loose gravel or ice with oncoming traffic as well ... there is going to be an even greater tragedy if SOMETHING isn't done


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