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What Are Dexter’s Most Dangerous Intersections?

One Patch reader says it’s Dexter/Chelsea Road and Main Street; another says Shield/Baker Road. What do you think?

Do you think a traffic signal should be installed at the intersection of Dexter/Chelsea Road and Main Street? (Patch file photo)
Do you think a traffic signal should be installed at the intersection of Dexter/Chelsea Road and Main Street? (Patch file photo)

Should Village of Dexter officials consider placing a stop light at Dexter/Chelsea Road and Main Street?

Some Patch readers think so after reading a post expressing concern that asks the village trustees to look into the situation because it’s ”very dangerous to make a left turn onto Island Lake.”

Susan Cramer agrees the intersection “can be tricky,” but says the Shield/Baker Road intersection is more dangerous.

“I am really surprised there hasn’t been a terrible tragedy here,” Cramer said, noting that she goes out of her way to avoid the intersection.

Another reader said that unpaved roads create a safety issue because the tail lights on vehicles become caked over with mud and other motorists can’t see their brake lights.

“Most of the residents with dirt roads want them kept that way,” Julie Wilkinson responded. “It helps to keep the number of speeding cars down.”

DISCUSS: Comment below or join the conversation here.
Shawn Letwin January 06, 2014 at 07:02 PM
With the village and vestiges of that time that the area truly was a village...it is time that the "pink elephant" be addressed...a bypass road to the west of Baker Road is priority number one. Are there intersections that have special needs? Absolutely, but many are due the geographical locations of the schools that were based on true village demographics and the recently modified uniform starting time for single tier busing. Dexter needs the bypass road and that would solve many of the special traffic lighting needs. With that said...the light heading south on Baker at Dan Hoey needs a left turn only arrow onto Dan Hoey. At rush hour (the other rush hours besides school open/close), you can only get only car getting to turn left...all of the oncoming northbound traffic passes through on yellow, orange and even a few red lights... Dexter really needs a comprehensive traffic study and survey. There are many lovely businesses and other amenities that we choose not to attend/support due to the gridlock in the 2 light downtown area with just 3 ways in; all 3 of which are meeting at essentially the same point. Maybe the Dexter City Charter needs to have a Traffic Commissioner included?
susan cramer January 07, 2014 at 07:31 AM
I would totally support a traffic study. I went to MANY meetings when the new High School was being planned and voiced my concerns over the Baker/Shield intersection problem, but was basically brushed off. A new set of eyes on these intersections is really needed.
Don Darnell January 07, 2014 at 11:13 AM
A light at Dexter/Chelsea Road & Main St. would be a mistake - its too close to the bridge. Besides, as anybody who is paying attention will notice, the lights we have a Island Lake & Dexter/Pickney and Main & Baker are largely ignored at rush hour. A little law enforcement would go a long ways toward calming current traffic issues. I concur with Mr. Letwin on the bypass issue. It seems it would solve a lot of problems.
vg 550 January 07, 2014 at 09:16 PM
in regard to: “Most of the residents with dirt roads want them kept that way,” Julie Wilkinson responded. “It helps to keep the number of speeding cars down.” I'm assuming she doesn't live on a dirt road. I've been on one for over 30 years and I'd love to have it paved!
James Davis January 11, 2014 at 09:19 AM
Is it worthwhile exploring the idea of having stop signs on Main Street at the intersection of the Dexter/Chelsea Road and Main Street?
Julie Woods January 12, 2014 at 11:11 PM
Which intersection? This is too funny!

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