Downsizing Maple Road up for debate in Birmingham


In Birmingham, there's a controversial plan to squeeze a stretch of Maple Road -- from four lanes, down to three.

Supporters say its a "safety issue"  but opponents call it the wrong course of action. The debate is going before the city commission and might go well into the night.

Like it or not - and if signs that were passed around are any indication, most do not - changes may be coming to Maple Road in Birmingham. 

It admittedly goes against common sense. How could going from four lanes to down to two actually improve traffic in a highly congested area?

What it comes down to, according to traffic consultant Mike Labadie, is constant speed. 

"This is a unique spot, it turns out it works," he said.

The idea is not popular, especially among those who live near Maple Road between Cranbook and Southfield. 

What it comes down to is creating a smooth traffic flow, which according to traffic experts will keep traffic gaps wider.

And ultimately in their opinion will make live easier for all. 

If approved the changes will take affect for a six month study in 2016. 

UPDATE: Birmingham officials have voted in favor of narrowing the road for a trial run. 

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