Community calls for fix to 'dangerous' 44th St. crossroad

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who lives just down the road from 44th Street and 8th Avenue says crashes happen at least once a month at the busy Georgetown Township intersection.

"Totally dangerous," David DeBruine said of the area. "It's a serious problem."

In reality, the problem is worse: Crashes happen there nearly once a week. After reviewing an Ottawa County incident map, 24 Hour News 8 counted nearly 40 crashes last year at 44th Street and 8th Avenue, including one involving a school bus in November.

"There's (been) some serious accidents," DeBruine said. "There's a cross over there — somebody's been killed. I'm surprised there's not more."

The incident map also showed several complaints made to the Ottawa County Road Commission about the intersection. It's become a source of frustration for a Facebook group of Georgetown Township residents.

"Any time anybody is hurt or killed (with) kids involved, that's everybody's worst nightmare," said Alex Doty, communications administrator for the road commission. "Hopefully in the future we can mitigate that kind of stuff from happening."

Doty said the road commission has taken major steps over the past two years to try to make the intersection safer.

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