Gumwood Road is Growing

by Nick Molnar on October 9, 2006

According to county engineers, Gumwood Road caries about 25,000 vehicles per day, making it one of the most important roads that St Joseph County maintains. This makes sense when you consider it is a primary conduit between Granger and the Main Street/University Park shopping district.

The city of Mishawaka has annexed this road up to the southern edge of the Brendon Hills subdivision to incorporate the retail development just north of Edison Rd. Mishawaka will widen its portion of the road to four lanes to coincide with the opening of the retail development this Fall.

From the edge of the city to the Michigan state line, the county has plans to improve its stretch of the road in two phases. The first phase will broaden the road from Brendon Hills to Brick Road and include a single lane roundabout at the intersection. It will not be four lanes, but two or three lanes with passing berms where appropriate. It will also create a sidewalk on one side of the road and a bicycle/jogging path on the opposite side. The second phase will improve the road from Brick to the State Line and include another roundabout at Adams Road. The project has been funded and should be let for bids in 2009. This means construction should materialize at a governmental pace, around 2010.

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William Cox December 21, 2009 at 7:48 pm

I live at 16041 Baywood Ln. Granger. My house sits on the corner of Baywood and Gumwood. I have the 15th hole of the golf coarse in my back yard. My question; is my house safe or will it have to go? I plan on reroofing and replacing the windows. I also hope to replace the driveway with concrete. If you don’t have the answer, maybe someone can direct me to the best place to find answers to my questions.


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