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Walker roundabout construction begins Monday

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) - A major Walker intersection starts getting its facelift Monday.

The intersection of Remembrance Road and Wilson Avenue begins its transition to being a roundabout. Monday. The project is expected to take about five months. The project is part of a larger effort to resurface Wilson Avenue from Lake Michigan Drive to Remembrance Road.

Mayor Mark Huizenga says the number-one priority when making the decision on a roundabout is safety.

"Even if you have the number of accidents decrease, that's one thing -- but we know that vehicles will be traveling at a slower velocity," he said, "so when you have slower-velocity crashes, you are less likely to have significant injuries."

Roundabouts have proven to reduce accidents in the Newaygo area. The intersection of M-46 and M-37 was a trouble spot for years. Between 2006 and 2009 there were 30 accidents and 17 injuries. After the construction of a roundabout, that number dropped to 12 with zero injuries.