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City officials plan to discuss the intersection of M-15 and Clarkston Road in the wake of a predestrian accident there. (click for larger version)
July 13, 2011 - After hearing a local city resident was struck by a car in the cross walk at M-15 and Clarkston Road, City Manager Dennis Ritter called City Engineer Gary Tressel.

"He's already made contact with M-DOT (Michigan Department of Transportation) and the (Oakland County) Road Commission to coordinate a meeting date within the next couple of weeks to talk about the intersection," Ritter said.

Lt. Dale LaBair, commander of Oakland County Sheriff's Independence Township substation, is also invited.

"We want him involved in the meeting as well, from a traffic safety control perspective," Ritter said.

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According to an e-mail to the Clarkston News, the resident was not severely hurt in the July 5 collision, but was in pain and was taken to the hospital.

Ritter said the M-15 and Clarkston Road corner has drainage problems and doesn't meet proper standards. He also said Clarkston High School on Flemings Lake Road changed traffic patterns when it opened.

"They had to do some modifications at the corner as it related to timing and left turn signals. I think that has to be revisited, now that they've got some experience as to how things are working at the corner," he said. "Obviously traffic enforcement is an element that comes into play as well."

More than anything else Ritter said is "making the drivers aware of what they're driving into."

"Maybe there needs to be pedestrian crossing signs up the road a little bit, but I'll leave that up to the road commission and M-DOT," he said. "We're going to do everything we can as a facilitator to make sure this thing gets reviewed thoroughly."

Trevor graduated with degrees in English and communications from Rochester College. He wrote for his college and LA View newspapers before joining The Clarkston News in May 2007.
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