I hope not! The lane change was the recommendation from the Cool Cities group. I do believe it was to eventually help with parking on the street if the three lanes worked out well for traffic flow. I agree with the comment about Tawas. I actually grew up there and have thought it a pain forever.Since that is US-23 I think the City is not the first in line with the say.
I would expect the state has been given the responsibility to oversee the US highways in their state with some minor governence by the Feds (after all they are probably providing some of the money).
I would expect the County gets some say as well since they are probably 'hired' by the state to do some of the maintenance - such as snow plowing.
So my guess would be primarily M-DOT. However, recall this was a recommendation of the 'Cool City's' consulting company and so ostensibly there was some local inout.
I would expect the Downtown business folks probably believe it wil help with business and based on that were at least willing to give it a try. I don't think any of them are doing a 'land office' business these days. I suspect they had an awful lot of input to the Coll City's consultant.
IMHO - I don't think it will work as intended in Oscoda. It is a pain in Tawas and does not cause me to want to stop - it makes me wish there were a bypass. There is one going North in Oscoda - Lake street I think. But once the word gets out, it might get really busy. Then watch what happens as the residents there rightfully get upset about the additional traffic.
I see accidents coming.
But at least while you're waiting to get through town you can actually see the lake view. It is very beautiful and somedays we need to slow down for that view. It's just unfortunate that Oscoda's US23 view doesn't include the lake. I wouldn't mind taking it slowly through town then. Right now it's just annoying because usually I'm only there to make my circle to get back home!
I think of AuGres, Omer and Standish with their 4 lanes and wonder why it works for them but it couldn't work here.