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Street Squad – ‘Michigan left' turn lane

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One of the most controversial intersections in all of Plano is getting changed -- again.  

In 2010, it was billed as the only one in Texas with a "Michigan left turn lane."

It cost $1.8 million to put in, and now it's being removed.

In July 2010, drivers were surprised and confused to see to the makeover of the intersection of Preston Road and Legacy Drive in Plano.

With 80,000 cars a day, it was the most congested intersection in the city, so the city and the state decided to eliminate a left turn.

Instead, they opted to try something that works up north, where instead of taking a left, you take a right and two left turns.

City officials say they got hundreds of complaints about the turn lane.

Because of those complaints, after three and a half years, the city has decided to change the intersection back to the way it was.

That means if you are headed westbound, you can take a left to go south.

However, the city is going to leave in place the Michigan left turn, which means if you want to take a left, you've got to take a right and two lefts to go south.

Public works director Gerald Cosgrove says revamping the roadways has made the intersection safer and even reduced the traffic count.

"I think the message is that things that are very different…sometimes people accept them; sometimes people don't," said Cosgrove. "In this case here, we tried something that is very efficient, and truthfully is working very fine.  It's just that the public doesn't like it, so we decided that because the public hasn't accepted it, we will put back what the public is used to using."

Cosgrove says putting the left turn back in place will cost about $50,000, and since the Michigan left turn is already in, it will remain there as an option for those who like the route.

The left lanes will be open by the middle of next week.

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