TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Officials in Traverse City are discussing whether to reroute area highways to create a bypass around town.
U.S. 31 and Michigan highway 37 presently are combined into a single thoroughfare that runs near downtown and along Grand Traverse Bay.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle (http://bit.ly/1766LEi ) reports that local leaders want to bring the matter to the Michigan Department of Transportation's attention as the agency begins preparing its next five-year plan this fall.
Garfield Township Supervisor Chuck Korn says there are several possible ways a bypass could be constructed, including rerouting the two highways to run south and east of Traverse City.
That would require building a connector road that has long been a contentious issue as leaders have debated how to deal with heavy traffic in town.
Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, http://www.record-eagle.com