The city is seeking an engineering firm to design a solution to traffic jams at the intersection of Albion and Prospect roads.
City Engineer Ken Mikula said the solution will include "adding left-turn lanes where there aren't any now -- on eastbound and westbound Albion."
The project will also involve reconstructing the entire intersection with concrete and new drainage, and could also include adding a right-turn lane, if warranted by a traffic survey.
"We know for sure it will add left-turn lanes," Mikula said.
He said the project is aimed at reducing traffic snarls at the intersection, particularly during rush hour, when motorists coming from Pearl Road stack up at the signal.
Currently, there is a left-turn arrow for westbound traffic to turn south onto Prospect, but no left-turn lane, "so if you miss the arrow, you have to wait, and traffic stacks up behind you," Mikula said.
The city is also looking at adding lanes to the Shurmer-Howe roads intersection, another trouble spot for traffic.
The Albion-Prospect project is estimated to cost $1.5 million. The city has listed it among its major capital projects for 2013.
City Council on Monday approved legislation to choose an engineering firm.