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Rep. Dr. Hank Vaupel assures Ann Arbor commuters that Flex Route will reduce traffic congestion on US-23

State Rep. Hank Vaupel today said the new Flex Route technology on US-23 just north of Ann Arbor would reduce travel time and improve safety for drivers.

The new Flex Route system is a lane control system that uses cameras and electronic message boards to let drivers know when an additional lane is available for use during morning and afternoon peak travel periods.

“Many residents drive this route to get to work or to a doctor’s appointment,” said Vaupel, of Handy Township.  “The Flex Route will notify drivers of congestion and reduce drive time while promoting safety.”

A green arrow on the overhead signs will indicate when the median shoulder is safely available for use, and a red X will indicate when the shoulder is closed. The system will be maintained around-the-clock by the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The Flex Routes will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. They will also be used as auxiliary lanes during off hours in the event of an accident or heavier than normal traffic.

Vaupel said creating the Flex Route is a much cheaper alternative than widening the road.

It is estimated that commuters could cut travel time in half when the Flex Route is open and operating.  Over 66,000 vehicles daily go through the area where the Flex Route project is underway.

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