Buttles & Indian Corridor Improvement Project
In January 2021, the Midland City Council passed a resolution to support the redesign of the Buttles Street corridor from Jerome Street/M-20 to State Street from three vehicular travel lanes to a two-lane profile. This action followed an 18-month trial study May 2018 - December 2019 conducted by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) that temporarily reduced Buttles Street from three lanes to two lanes.
The future goals for the Buttles corridor developed jointly by the City of Midland and MDOT include:
- Improve safety for motorized and non-motorized transportation users
- Encourage economic development in the corridor
- Improve inter-neighborhood connectivity and mobility
- Develop a corridor that better reflects current roadway design standards and best practices for both motorized and non-motorized uses
Buttles Street Road Study Information
As the trial period is over and action by the Midland City Council has committed to a two-lane road profile for Buttles Street, information from the 2018-2019 Buttles Street "road diet" trial will not be updated here. All information related to the study, including a history of the study, traffic and safety data, actions by the Midland City Council, and public input collected during the trial period can be found on the Indian & Buttles Street Corridor Study page.
Word on the Street(s) - A Corridor Improvement Podcast
Launched in February 2021, Word on the Street(s) is a podcast from the City of Midland that explores the future of the Buttles and Indian Corridor Improvement Project. Episodes are co-hosted by Communications Coordinator Katie Guyer and Director of Planning & Community Development Grant Murschel, with special guests including City staff, road design experts, and more. Topics will include recent updates on the projects' progress, public input opportunities, and discussions of the design and vision for the corridor moving forward.
Word on the Street(s) is released on the third Thursday of every month on the City's YouTube channel and as an audio-only podcast on most preferred podcast platforms. Video replays are also available on MGTV-188 (Charter) and 99 (Uverse) and available on-demand on the Roku and Apple TV streaming apps. Additional special episodes may be released as the project progresses.
Latest Episode: Episode 8: A Little Bit of Context (Sensitive Solutions) - November 18, 2021
In this episode, hosts Katie and Grant talk with John Martin, M2D2/CS/CSS Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) about all things context sensitive design: what it is, how it's implemented, where you'll see it in the new Buttles corridor, and why it's become a critical part of road design at the local, state, and federal level.
Click the links below to access previous episodes of the podcast via video on YouTube.
- Episode 1: And Then There Were Two (Lanes) - February 18, 2021
- Episode 2: Let's Talk About (Complete) Streets - March 18, 2021
- Episode 3: Safety in the Corridor (and Beyond) - April 26, 2021
- Episode 4: An Update (with MDOT) - May 20, 2021
- Episode 5: Fact or Fiction (Roadway Edition) - June 17, 2021
- Episode 6: Fact or Fiction (Roadway Edition) Part 2 - July 22, 2021
- Episode 7: Walking the Talk - September 27, 2021
- Episode 8: A Little Bit of Context (Sensitive Solutions) - November 18, 2021
Click the tabs below to access extras referenced during each episode.
Episode 1 - And Then There Were Two (Lanes): February 2021
Preliminary Design Sketches for Buttles
In this episode, Grant and Katie discuss preliminary design options for Buttles that were shown to City Council in January 2021. Check them out in greater detail below! (Click the images to view a full-sized rendering.)
Buttles at Ashman
Episode 2 - Let's Talk About (Complete) Streets: March 2021
In the first segment of this episode, Grant and Katie discussed the Complete Streets Act of 2021. Click on the links below for more information about this Congressional legislation
- Read the Complete Streets Act of 2021 (PDF)
- Smart Growth America explains - The Complete Streets Act of 2021
In the second segment of this episode, City of Ferndale Planning Manager Justin Lyons discussed an ongoing lane reduction project with MDOT on Woodward Avenue in Ferndale. Check out some schematic drawings of this project below. (Click the images to view a full-sized rendering.)
More information on this and the other City of Ferndale projects discussed in this podcast episode can be found at FerndaleMoves.com.
Episode 3 - Safety in the Corridor (and Beyond) - April 2021
In the first segment of this episode, Grant and Katie discussed recent traffic crash at Jerome and Buttles streets that resulted in a vehicle striking the Pathfinder Commons multi-unit housing complex at this intersection. Check out the slideshow below for photos of the crash scene and the damage caused by this accident.
Later in Segment 1, Grant mentions the Midland City Modern Master Plan update, which will focus on neighborhoods and livability and transportation and mobility as key points in the master planning process. This update will include lots of opportunity for public input, so check out the website below and learn more about this process and how you can become involved!
Episode 4: An Update (with MDOT) - May 20, 2021
In this episode, both hosts Katie and Grant and our guests from MDOT mentioned the 18-month road diet trial study that collected data to determine if Buttles Street could function as a two-lane roadway. To view this data and public input collected during the trial, visit the Indian & Buttles Road Study page.
Episode 7: Walking the Talk - September 27, 2021
In the first segment of this episode, hosts Katie and Grant discuss a series of recent accidents in the Indian and Buttles corridors, including a synopsis of general location and what that might mean for safety of all users. You can view this report below.
The report lists crashes recorded by the Midland Police Department from January 1, 2019 - September 1, 2021. The Buttles Street lane reduction trial ended in December 2019, so any crashes recorded in the Buttles corridor after December 2019 occurred after the roadway returned to a three-lane profile. Each crash is listed individually under the street on which the incident occurred, then by date and time. The most recent crash is listed first.
|Click here to download the Indian/Buttles Crash Report (PDF)|
To view accident data collected during the entire lane reduction trial, visit the Indian & Buttles Road Study page.
In a later segment, Katie and Grant review a list of new and enhanced pedestrian crosswalk locations submitted to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) throughout the entire corridor for consideration in the new Buttles Street redesign. You can find maps of those proposed locations below. Click on the photos to file a larger file.
Proposed Crosswalk Locations & Enhancements - West Segment (Buttles/Indian)
Proposed new crosswalks:
- Buttles at Fitzhugh
- Indian at Fitzhugh
- Indian at Cronkright
- Indian at State
- Indian at Haley
Proposed enhanced crosswalks:
- Jerome at Buttles
- Buttles at State
Proposed new crosswalks:
- E. Patrick at Pine
- E. Patrick at Bayliss
Episode 8 - A Little Bit of Context (Sensitive Solutions): November 2021
In this episode, guest John Martin references the Multi-Modal Development & Delivery (M2D2) Guidebook used by the Michigan Department of Transportation to ensure that road projects include context sensitive solutions from planning through implementation. A link to this guidebook is below, as well as a link to the MDOT website that contains a list of CSS-inspired projects by region.
In the second segment, Katie and Grant briefly discuss the City's Master Plan update process, City Modern, that is currently underway. To view more information about this process, find public engagement survey results, and learn more about how to get involved, visit the City Modern link below.
So What's Next?
Residents will not see changes to this corridor for some time, as the project will now enter the design phase at MDOT with input and assistance from City staff as necessary. Design concepts and other elements on the redevelopment of this roadway will follow in the months and years to come with opportunities for the public to provide feedback when appropriate.
MDOT anticipates that the corridor will see reconstruction during the 2024 construction season, at which time the road profile will be transitioned into two lanes for motor vehicles. Until that time, the corridor will remain three lanes. A final design concept for this corridor has not been determined yet, so check back to this page frequently for updates as the design process progresses.
For the latest updates and other discussion of the project as it progresses, check out the City's Word on the Street(s) podcast on the third Thursday of every month on YouTube, Facebook, and your podcast platform of choice.