Buttles & Indian Corridor Improvement Project

Overhead photo of vehicles sitting at the corner of Jerome and Buttles

In January 2021, the Midland City Council passed a resolution to support the redesign of the Buttles Street corridor from Jerome Street/M-20 to State Street from three vehicular travel lanes to a two-lane profile. This action followed an 18-month trial study May 2018 - December 2019 conducted by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) that temporarily reduced Buttles Street from three lanes to two lanes.

The future goals for the Buttles corridor developed jointly by the City of Midland and MDOT include:

  • Improve safety for motorized and non-motorized transportation users
  • Encourage economic development in the corridor
  • Improve inter-neighborhood connectivity and mobility
  • Develop a corridor that better reflects current roadway design standards and best practices for both motorized and non-motorized uses 

Buttles Street Road Study Information

As the trial period is over and action by the Midland City Council has committed to a two-lane road profile for Buttles Street, information from the 2018-2019 Buttles Street "road diet" trial will not be updated here. All information related to the study, including a history of the study, traffic and safety data, actions by the Midland City Council, and public input collected during the trial period can be found on the Indian & Buttles Street Corridor Study page

Word on the Street(s) - A Corridor Improvement Podcast 

An image of Buttles Street corridor with a green 'Word on the Streets' sign over it

Launched in February 2021, Word on the Street(s) is a podcast from the City of Midland that explores the future of the Buttles and Indian Corridor Improvement Project. Episodes are co-hosted by Communications Coordinator Katie Guyer and Director of Planning & Community Development Grant Murschel, with special guests including City staff, road design experts, and more. Topics will include recent updates on the projects' progress, public input opportunities, and discussions of the design and vision for the corridor moving forward.

Word on the Street(s) is released on the third Thursday of every month on the City's YouTube channel and as an audio-only podcast on most preferred podcast platforms. Video replays are also available on MGTV-188 (Charter) and 99 (Uverse) and available on-demand on the Roku and Apple TV streaming apps. Additional special episodes may be released as the project progresses.

Latest Episode: If You Build It - April 14, 2022

In this season's  third episode - and Grant Murschel's last with the podcast - the team talks to Midland City Engineer Matt Lemon about the 2022 City construction schedule; how the City's roads are funded and maintained; and the challenges faced by today's civil engineers when planning and supporting a street network

Episode List

Click the links below to access previous episodes of the podcast via video on YouTube. 

Season 2

Season 1

Episode Extras

Click the tabs below to access extras referenced during each episode.

Season 2

  1. Episode 1
  2. Episode 2
  3. Episode 3

Episode 1 - More Than One Way (to Design a Street): January 2022

In this episode, Katie and Grant discuss Ashman and Rodd streets, another set of one-way pairs that span from Downtown to Center City, and their future as either two-way or one-way streets. The discussion includes characteristics of these corridors and why their future is critical to the pending reconstruction projects on Buttles and Indian streets.

Check out the links below for some of the topic points discussed in the episode, as well as examples of previous one-way to two-way conversions:

Season 1

  1. Episode 1
  2. Episode 2
  3. Episode 3
  4. Episode 4
  5. Episode 7
  6. Episode 8

Episode 1 - And Then There Were Two (Lanes): February 2021

Preliminary Design Sketches for Buttles

In this episode, Grant and Katie discuss preliminary design options for Buttles that were shown to City Council in January 2021. Check them out in greater detail below! (Click the images to view a full-sized rendering.)

Buttles at Jerome Street

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Buttles at Ashman

So What's Next?

Residents will not see changes to this corridor for some time, as the project will now enter the design phase at MDOT with input and assistance from City staff as necessary. Design concepts and other elements on the redevelopment of this roadway will follow in the months and years to come with opportunities for the public to provide feedback when appropriate.

MDOT anticipates that the corridor will see reconstruction during the 2024 construction season, at which time the road profile will be transitioned into two lanes for motor vehicles. Until that time, the corridor will remain three lanes. A final design concept for this corridor has not been determined yet, so check back to this page frequently for updates as the design process progresses.

For the latest updates and other discussion of the project as it progresses, check out the City's Word on the Street(s) podcast on the third Thursday of every month on YouTube, Facebook, and your podcast platform of choice.