Motorists traveling through Midland, eastbound, on the U.S. 10 business route will be getting off their ‘road diet’ later this month. The state highway department expects the third lane on Buttles Street to reopen possibly by December 20.

City Manager Brad Kaye says M-DOT will compare two lane and three lane traffic volumes, accident rates, speed and other factors after the third lane reopens. Once M-Dot makes a decision about Buttles the study may look at the westbound U.S. 10 business route, Indian Street.

Kaye the traffic study was longer than normal because of the M 20 bridge reconstruction project.