Monday, January 30, 2012

Accident prone section of roadway in Bloomfield Twp

In just a few short months of travelling Telegraph between Square Lake and Orchard Lake I have seen atleast 3 bad accidents that have resulted in the complete shut down of the Northbound traffic.  This section of road is in Bloomfield Twp and involves the traffic turning from Southbound Telegraph into the Bloomfield Town Square Shopping Center (Best Buy, Costco, etc...) closest to IHOP.
When an accident occurs there and they shut down traffic this results in the backed-up traffic trying to navigate through the shopping complex to get back on to Telegraph.  This creates a monsterous traffic mess in the complex, but it also creates a very dangerous situation.  The traffic cutting through the complex is in a hurry to get where they are going and not watching other traffic which in turn leads to minor accidents in the parking lot.

I would like to mention that I know why they close the roadway and that is first and foremost the safety of the first responders on scene.  I have nothing but the utmost respect for the men and women of the Bloomfield Twp Fire Department and Police Department and am glad to see they are always thinking safety first.  I do think though that the township or county officials need to review traffic patterns in that area and possibly close down one or two of the access points to help try and reduce the number of accidents. 

I am not sure if there are any other ideas out there on ways to reduce accidents (besides the obvious, of making sure drivers are paying always paying attention), but I know I am open to hearing them and hope that township officials would be too.  I urge everyone to not only pay attention when in this area, but anywhere your travels take you.


  1. Telegraph Rd is owned by MDOT so the County is out. What it really boils down to Dave is that people have to respect for each other. They are in a hurry and don't care about anyone else that gets in their way. They would just as soon mow you over in the parking lot because now they are late because of the road being closed. The only time in my 34 years on this planet that I have seen people be courteous to their fellow Americans was just after 9-11 and for about six months there after. After the shock and patriotism wore off, it was right back to thinking only of themselves.

    Heck, here is something to think about... When you say thank you to someone for doing something how many times do you here "You're Welcome?" Most of the time it's "Sure", or "No Problem". I have made it a point of mine to make sure to say "You're Welcome". Most of the time though, I can't get someone to say thank you let alone a you're welcome.

    I get what you are saying, but until you get people to respect each other, you can't expect the government (Twp, or County) to shut entrances because the road is closed. Use your heads and show some respect people!

  2. DD, I am not saying to shut entrances down because the road is closed. I am saying it needs to be evaluated about reducing the number of points of crossover traffic to reduce the number of accidents to prevent the next big one. I do understand though what you are saying about respect...