Digital display speed alert signs OK’d by township

By David Fleet
Groveland Twp. — The speed of motorists on Grange Hall and Tripp roads through the township will soon be reminded just how fast they are traveling.
On Jan. 9, the township board of trustees voted 5-0 to install digitally displayed speed alert message signs on a section of Grange Hall Road and all of Tripp Road. Four signs, for east and west travelers, were approved at a cost of about $5,500 each.
The decision follows a study from March to September 2022 the Road Commission for Oakland County monitored and recorded the speed of motorists from Jossman Road near Fire Station Two, 3085 Grange Hall Road to Van Road near Tripp. The posted speed is 55 mph.
“The mean speed was 61 and a half miles per hour,” said Bob DePalma, township supervisor. “That does not seem like excessive speed. But, the signs will be a reminder to be aware of the speed.”
In addition, the 50 mph Tripp Road speed alert signs will be located just East of Dixie Highway and near Grange Hall Road.
DePalma suggested the signs do help slow drivers down that may be inadvertently speeding. If the new Grange Hall Road signs are not opposed by residents or other drivers, the paved section of Barron Road, the paved section of Groveland Road, and Oak Hill Road of which Springfield Township could possibly share in the cost, would be considered.
Speed on Grange Hall Road may have been a factor in several fatal accidents over the past years.
In February 2019 Michigan State Troopers responded to a crash on Grange Hall Road near Foxwood Trail. A pickup truck was traveling at a high rate of speed on Grange Hall Road, lost control at the intersection near Foxwood Trail leaving the roadway and striking a tree. The male dirver was transported to Ascension Genesys Hospital Grand Blanc with unknown injuries a 23-year-old male from Brandon Township man died at the scene.
In November 2022, Michigan State Troopers responded to the 200 block of Grange Hall, Groveland Township after a passing motorist observed a vehicle in the ditch.
On scene investigation revealed that the 33-year-old driver, a Caro resident who was pronounced dead at the scene, was on eastbound Grange Hall approaching a sharp curve. The vehicle veered left in a straight line, ran off the roadway to the left. The vehicle then hit a tree and uprooted another before coming to a rest in a ditch, several feet lower than the roadway.

One Response to "Digital display speed alert signs OK’d by township"

  1. Clark   January 24, 2023 at 9:19 am

    I am all for Tripp road. It’s like a racetrack out there.


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