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Weekend Construction: 10/9 – 10/12

October 8, 2009

 

newsteamFor those of you with weekend plans — get ready for lots of orange!!!  The good news is NO freeway closures, but just about every freeway will be underconstruction: I-75, I-696, M-39, I-275, M-10! Check out MDOT’s official list of weekend construction below! That way you’ll know how to dodge the backups!

BAD TRAFFIC 

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I-696

In Macomb County:

  • Eastbound and westbound I-696 will have two lanes closed between Hayes Road and I-94 for ongoing bridge and pavement repair. The double lane closure is expected to begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday.
  • Eastbound and westbound I-696 will have two lanes closed between M-53 (Van Dyke Ave) and Dequindre Road for ongoing bridge work. The double lane closures begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday.

In Oakland County:

  • The two right lanes of eastbound I-696 will be closed from I-275 to Orchard Lake Road for ongoing bridge and pavement repair. The double lane closure is expected to begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday.
  • The two right lanes of eastbound I-696 will be closed from the M-10/US-24 interchange to Woodward Avenue for ongoing bridge repair beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday and ending by 5 a.m. on Monday.
  • Westbound I-696 will have two lanes closed from Orchard Lake to Halsted roads for ongoing bridge and pavement repair. The double lane closure begins at 9 p.m. on Friday and ends by 5 a.m. on Monday.

I-75

In Oakland County:

  • Northbound I-75 will be reduced to a single lane from University Drive to Lapeer Road in order to perform a traffic switch for ongoing bridge repair at Pontiac Road and Lapeer Road. The additional lane closure is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and end by 3 p.m. on Friday.
  • Afterwards, two lanes will remain open on northbound I-75 from University to Lapeer until early Nov.

I-275

In Oakland County:

  • Pavement repair will result in a two lane closure on southbound I-275 from Grand River to 8 Mile Road beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday and ending by 6 a.m. on Monday.
  • The existing two-lane ramps from eastbound I-96 to southbound I-275, southbound M-5 to southbound I-275, and westbound I-696 to southbound I-275 will be reduced to a single lane during the same time frame.

In Wayne County:

  • Pavement repair will close the southbound I-275 ramp to eastbound I-96 (Livonia) beginning at 3 a.m. and ending at Noon on Saturday. A detour will be posted.
  • Two lane closure (left and center lanes) on southbound I-275 will be closed at the railroad bridge near Koppernick Road for pavement repair. The two lane closure will begin at 6 a.m. on Saturday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday.

M-10 (Lodge Freeway)

In Detroit:

Double lane closure is scheduled on southbound Lodge Freeway at Chicago Blvd for overpass repair. The double lane closure begins at 9 p.m. on Friday and ends at 5 a.m. on Saturday, and again from 9 p.m. on Saturday until 5 a.m. on Sunday.

M-39 (Southfield Freeway)

In Wayne County:

  • The ramp from Van Born Road to southbound M-39 will be closed beginning at 11 p.m. on Sunday until mid-November 2010 for ongoing construction on Southfield Road between I-94 and I-75. A detour will be posted for that ramp movement.
  • Freeway lighting crews will close the southbound M-39 exit ramp to Outer Drive in Dearborn 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. on Saturday. Exiting traffic will be directed to use Oakwood Blvd exit.

In Detroit:

Freeway lighting crews will close two lanes on northbound M-39 from Grand River Ave to Pembroke Road (just south of 8 Mile) beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

M-59

In Oakland County:

Ongoing pavement and bridge repair will require a single lane closure on westbound M-59 from Rochester to Crooks roads beginning at 5 a.m. on Saturday and ending by 5 a.m. on Monday.

M-10/M-102 (Eight Mile Rd)

Greenfield Road under 8 Mile Road at Detroit/Southfield border:

  • In conjunction with ongoing work to replace the bridges that carry 8 Mile Road over Greenfield and the Lodge, crews will close northbound and southbound Greenfield Road under 8 Mile for bridge demolition.
  • On Friday, beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m., Greenfield will be reduced to a single lane under 8 Mile.
  • Beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday and ending by 5 a.m. on Monday, Greenfield will be closed under 8 Mile. A detour will be posted for northbound and southbound drivers

“Red Dawn” Road Closures

October 5, 2009

 

 

Local 4 Traffic Blog by: Lauren Podell

Local 4 Traffic Blog by: Lauren Podell

 

It has been so exciting to see Hollywood filming across the state of Michigan these past few months. The latest movie shoot is the remake of the 1984 film ‘Red Dawn’. The movie is about Russion Troops invading the U.S.. It is expected to hit theatres next summer!

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So far movie crews have landed in Pontiac, Rochester, Mt. Clemens with the latest city being Detroit. Wolverine Productions will be filming the “Red Dawn” movie during the month of October. Of course whenever the crews set up shop and filming begins…roads are blocked! We can expect the same thing downtown starting Tuesday October 6th until October 30. Specifcally, there will be multiple road closures that will affect your driving route to and around the Walbridge Detroit HQ

 

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Here’s what to expect….

CLOSURE #1

Dates : October 6th – 12th

  1. Griswold between State and Michigan
  2. North side of Michigan between Woodward and Shelby

CLOSURE #2

Dates: October 12th – 30th

  1. Griswold between State and Fort ((but allows access to Kennedy Parking deck))
  2. Michigan Ave. between Washington and Woodward
  3. Lafayette between Washington and Griswold

Weekend Construction: 9/18 – 9/21

September 18, 2009
Local 4 Traffic Blog by: Lauren Podell

Local 4 Traffic Blog by: Lauren Podell

It’s the weekend! That means orange barrels — check out the full list from MDOT below!

One total freeway closure is scheduled.

M-39 (Southfield Freeway)

In Oakland and Wayne counties:

  • Southbound M-39 will be closed from M-10 (Lodge Freeway) interchange in Southfield to McNichols Road in Detroit. The full closure will begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday.
  • During the full closure, the ramp from southbound M-10 to southbound M-39 will close. Posted detour directs drivers (both on Southfield Road north of the freeway, and on M-10) onto southbound M-10 to westbound 8 Mile Road, to the southbound Southfield Freeway Service Drive to the McNichols entrance ramp.

I-96

Wayne County:

  • Eastbound I-96, from Levan to Telegraph, will have only the left lane open for pavement repairs beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday and ending by 5 a.m. on Monday.  Motorists are advised that all entrance ramps to eastbound I-96 will be closed from Newburgh to Telegraph.
  • Only a single lane will be open on eastbound I-96 at Grand River Ave beginning at 10 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. Saturday morning in order to allow crews to pour the new deck on Grand River over I-96.

Oakland County:

  • Eastbound and westbound I-96 will have a single lane closure (left lane) between Beck Road and M-5 for ongoing bridge and pavement work. The single lane closure will begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and end by 9 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Paving operations will close the ramp from northbound M-5 to westbound I-96 beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday and ending by 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25. A detour will be posted.

I-696

Oakland County:

  • Ongoing bridge and pavement repair will result in a double lane closure on eastbound and westbound I-696 at Halsted and Orchard Lake roads. The two lane closure will begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday.
  • Paving operations will close the eastbound I-96 connector to eastbound I-696 beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday and ending at 9 p.m. on Saturday. A detour will be posted. The westbound I-696 connector to westbound I-96 will be reduced to a single lane beginning at 9 p.m. on Saturday until 9 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, eastbound and westbound I-696 over the Rouge River (located just east of the Lodge and Telegraph interchange area) will have two lanes open for bridge work. The corresponding lane closures are expected to remain in place around the clock until early October.
  • Double lane closure on eastbound I-696 from Telegraph to Scotia, and on westbound I-696 from Woodward to Lahser beginning at 9 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. on Monday.
  •  The Greenfield ramps to and from east and west I-696 will be closed along with the westbound I-696 exit to Southfield Road, and the Southfield Road entrance ramp to eastbound I-696. The ramp closures will occur during the same time frame.

Macomb County:

Crews will close two lanes on eastbound and westbound I-696 between Van Dyke and Dequindre for ongoing bridge repair. The two lane closure will begin at 9 p.m on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday.

I-94

Macomb County:

Maintenance work will result in a right lane closure on eastbound I-94 from 8 Mile to 9 Mile roads. The work is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. and end by 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Wayne County:

Scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, the westbound I-94 exit ramp to westbound Ecorse Road will be closed for approximately six weeks for rebuilding. Traffic looking to access Ecorse Road will be directed south on US-24 (Telegraph Road) to Ecorse Road. 

I-275:

Wayne County:

  • Intermittent single and double lane closures on northbound and southbound I-275 .
  • Starting at Noon and ending at 7 p.m. on Saturday between 5 Mile Road and Ann Arbor Trail.
  •  Staring at 7 p.m. and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday between I-94 and Ecorse Road.

I-75

Detroit:

Intermittent single and double lane closures on northbound and southbound I-75 at the I-96 interchange for bridge work beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday and ending by 6 p.m. on Sunday. Crews will have not have two lanes closed on northbound I-75 on Sunday morning to accommodate traffic heading to Ford Field.

M-59

Oakland County:

Scheduled to begin Friday morning, westbound M-59 will be reduced to a single lane from Opdyke Road to Woodward Ave until late November for paving and bridge work. 

M-10 (Lodge Freeway)

Detroit:

Overnight double lane closures on southbound M-10 at Chicago Blvd for ongoing bridge repair. The two lane closures are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. on Saturday, and again from 9 p.m. on Saturday until 5 a.m. on Sunday.

Weekend Construction: 9/11 – 9/14

September 10, 2009
Local 4 Traffic Blog by: Lauren Podell

Local 4 Traffic Blog by: Lauren Podell

Welcome to the weekend! Whew- get ready for A LOT I mean A LOT of construction. This is one of the longest lists I have seen in a while! 3 freeways will be closed at one point including I-696, M-10, & M-39! Check out MDOT’s full list below! Happy driving!!!

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I-696

In Macomb County:

Eastbound and westbound I-696 will be closed this weekend between M-53 and I-94. The closure begins at 9 p.m. on Friday and ends by 5 a.m. on Monday. Motorists will use posted detours utilizing I-94, M-102 (Eight Mile Road), and M-53 in each direction.

In Oakland County:

Crews will close the two right lanes of eastbound and westbound I-696 between M-1 (Woodward Avenue) and Southfield Road for ongoing bridge and pavement repair. The double lane closures begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and end at 5 a.m. on Monday.

Beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, September 12, crews will close the ramp from northbound US-24 (Telegraph Road) to eastbound I-696. The ramp closure is expected to remain in place for three weeks.

I-96

In Oakland County:

Pavement repair work continues on I-96 in the Novi area with a right lane closure of eastbound I-96 from Beck to Novi roads beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

In Wayne County:

  1. Beginning at 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., on Thursday, September 10, the two left lanes will be closed on eastbound I-96 from Newburg to Inkster roads. From 6 p.m. on Thursday until 5 a.m. on Friday, three lanes will close eastbound from Newburg to Inkster.
  2. Beginning at 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday, the two left lanes will be closed on eastbound I-96 from Newburg to Middlebelt roads. From 6 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. on Monday, eastbound I-96 will be reduced to a single lane from Newburg to Middlebelt.

I-75

In Oakland County:

  1. Double lane closure for pavement repairs is scheduled on northbound I-75 from Rochester Road to Big Beaver Road beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday and ending at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
  2. The ramps from westbound M-59 to southbound I-75 and from southbound I-75 to eastbound M-59 will close The ramp closures begin at 11 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 p.m. on Saturday.
  3. The two right lanes of southbound I-75 will be closed from John R to 8 Mile beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

I-275

In Wayne County:

  1. Two lane closure on northbound and southbound I-275 between I-94 and Ecorse Road beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday and ending at 11 a.m. on Saturday. 
  2. Two lanes will be closed on northbound and southbound I-275 from 5 Mile to Ann Arbor Trail beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday and ending by noon on Sunday.

M-10

In Detroit:

  1. Beginning at 9 p.m. on Saturday, two lanes will close on southbound M-10 at Chicago Boulevard, at 11 p.m., all three lanes will close. During the full closure, traffic will be routed off the freeway at the Chicago Boulevard exit and back on the freeway at the Chicago Boulevard entrance ramp. The full closure will remain in place until 5 a.m. on Sunday when a single lane will open.
  2. Two lanes will open on southbound M-10 on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. After 1 p.m., there will be a double lane closure until 9 p.m. Sunday when the freeway will close again. All southbound lanes will open to traffic by 5 a.m. Monday.
  3. On northbound M-10, crews will close the left lane at Chicago Boulevard at 9 p.m. on Friday. The northbound left lane will remain closed around-the-clock until Monday, September 21.

M-39

In Wayne County:

Full closure of northbound M-39 from McNichols to Eight Mile Road. The full closure will begin at 11 p.m. on Friday and end by 10 p.m. on Saturday. During the full closure, traffic will be routed onto the northbound service drive.

M-53

In Macomb County:

Single lane closure with flag control on northbound M-53 from 35 Mile Road to Ebling Road from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

M-59

In Macomb County & Oakland County:

  1. Two right lanes of eastbound M-59 will be closed over M-53 for bridge maintenance on Saturday beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m.
  2. Eastbound and westbound M-59 will be reduced to a single lane between Crooks and Ryan roads beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday and ending at 5 a.m. on Monday.

Speed Limit Concerns

August 26, 2009
Local 4 Traffic Blog by Lauren Podell

Local 4 Traffic Blog by Lauren Podell

Speed limits are a way of life. We all have a relationship with those numbers and battle with them everyday. 30, 35, 40, 55, 75 mph  – what really is a good speed limit? And how can we judge what is appropriate for a certain road? Well one community is asking themselves that very question… a recent speed limit increase on Meadowbrook Road has several homeowners concerned about their safety.

Watch for this story on Local 4 News at 6pm!

Watch for this story on Local 4 News at 6pm!

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The change, which happened a couple weeks ago, raised the speed limit from 30 miles per hour to 35 mph on Meadowbrook Road between Ten Mile and Eight Mile roads. Now it doesn’t seem like it would be that big of a deal or drastic of a change, but residents in the area are sounding off!

Sandy Mitchell, a resident of her Meadowbrook home for 40 years, said she did not find out about the change until she saw the signs, and feels the increased speed limit will cause drivers to drive even faster. “I’m scared at times to get my mail, let alone back out onto this road,” she said.

Do you want THIS in your neighborhood?

Do you want THIS in your neighborhood?

Another longtime resident, Dick Ornekian, said many residents are calling the road “Meadowbrook Highway,” and Ornekian is thinking about circulating a petition to take to the Novi City Council.

About 50 homes face the road between Ten Mile and Nine Mile roads and Ornekian said the change makes it dangerous for many families, especially those with kids.”I just don’t understand the reasoning to make traffic go faster,” he said. “No one is going 35 mph. Everyone is going 40 mph and that is not right.”

But city officials involved in the decision to raise the speed limit said the change is indicative of the speed cars were already going.

According to the Traffic Improvement Association, speed limits are set based on the number of drive openings or the 85th percentile speed. The 85th percentile speed, which was used to determine the speed limit change on Meadowbrook, is “the speed at, or below which, 85 percent of the traffic is moving.”

Check out *my* story from Local 4 News on effectivness of speed limits …

Do they work? Does speed kill or is slower safer?

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http://www.clickondetroit.com/video/19433195/

Brian Coburn, senior civil engineer for the city of Novi, said the city decided to conduct a study of the speed limit after being contacted by drivers who said the speed limit was “artificially low.” The results from the study showed that drivers were currently traveling 35 mph when the speed limit was 30 mph, thus the increase.

How fast are you going?

How fast are you going?

A follow-up study will be completed by early September to determine if the change was successful. As far as the concern about the increased speed limit making people drive even faster, Coburn said that is not always the case.” People drive the speed they are comfortable at regardless of the posted limit,” he said.

DDOT Bus Service feeling the pinch

August 24, 2009

newsteamToday kicks off the 1st of many meetings regarding changes being made to the Detroit Department of Transportation. A standing room only crowd filled a meeting room at Wayne County Community College East Campus this morning for hearings on proposed cuts to Detroit’s bus service.

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Detroit_Bus_and_SytemDuring a reading of the cuts under consideration — which include eliminating more than a dozen routes, ending Saturday bus service by 6 p.m. and all bus service on Sundays by Sept. 26 — audience members heckled the Detroit Department of Transportation staff.

The proposed cuts are part of the city’s efforts to trim a $300 million budget deficit. Some bus drivers are among more than 1,000 city workers expected to be laid off by Mayor Dave Bing.

Interim DDOT Director LaVette Williams said the department’s current budget crisis is the worst she’s seen in 29 years working with DDOT. The cuts would be based on ridership data, Williams said. Williams said 113 drivers would be laid off by Friday. “ As a result of that, we’re going to have to massage and change the schedule,” she said.

The public hearings for consumer input will be held at the following times and locations:

WAYNE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
5901 Conner Avenue, Detroit
Monday, August 24, 2009
10 a.m.-12 Noon & 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

ROSA PARKS TRANSIT CENTER
360 Michigan Avenue (at Cass), Detroit
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
10 a.m.-12 Noon & 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

NEIGHBORHOOD CITY HALL (Southwest District)
7400 W. Vernor, Detroit
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
10 a.m.-12 Noon & 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

NORTHWEST ACTIVITIES CENTER
18100 Meyers, Detroit
Thursday, August 27, 209
10 a.m.-12 Noon & 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Does this effect you? Sound off at http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/20515746/detail.html

Watch for more on this story on today Local 4 News and clickondetroit.com!

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Traffic4Cast! What to expect…

August 20, 2009

newsteamSo a lot is happening in the world of construction! The summer is coming to an end (which I can’t believe) and new projects are already getting planned for 2010. Also looming, weekend construction! there are closures ahead, 1st lets update you on whats happening now…

m-14A LOT and I mean a lot of Local 4 viewers (also friends and family) have been asking me about the construction on M-14. Only one lane has been open at Sheldon Rd. in both directions. 1st it was the eastbound side, then the westbound side, then both… it has been exhausting. ANYWAY — I just got word from MDOT that all lanes of M-14 will be opening TONIGHT, when the clock strikes midnight! Just like Cinderella!

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So…since it’s Thursday, here is a sneak peak for whats ahead on the weekend construction front! We’ve got lane closures, full closures, ramp closures…it all starts tomorrow. Here is the OFFICIAL list released by MDOT just this morning.

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http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdot/MetroDetroitWeekendConstructionUpdates_271376_7.pdf

 I will have updates all afternoon Friday on Local 4 News starting at Noon, 4pm, 5pm, 11pm & on Saturday’s morning show!

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2010 CONSTRUCTION ALERT!

70px-M-53_svgLast but not least in Macomb County, a public hearing is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. today on plans to widen a stretch of Van Dyke Avenue in in Shelby Township. Road Commission of Macomb County staff is to attend the hearing at the boardroom of the Shelby Township municipal offices, 52700 Van Dyke.

We’ve seen a lot of lengthy construction M-53 for months now. Anywhere from 18 Mile to 27 Mile. And the road commissions big plans continue! They are going to rebuild and widen Van Dyke between 23 Mile and 26 Mile roads to 5 lanes from 2! Construction would occur 2010-13, once the commission has purchased land for the project.

The commission said maps, renderings and other information are to be available. The environmental impact of the project is to be discussed at the meeting.

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A “HAWK” watching over you!

August 19, 2009

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This is completely NEW, completely INNOVATIVE, and the ONLY one in Michigan. It’s called the HAWK!

 

 

Watch tonight for my story on Local 4 News at 6pm

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 The Road Commission for Oakland County today announced that next week it will begin a one-year test of High-intensity Activated crossWalK (HAWK) pedestrian crosswalk beacons at the pedestrian crossings at the Maple/Drake roundabout in West Bloomfield Township.

The HAWK is a new form of pedestrian crosswalk beacon that is lit only when it is activated by a pedestrian pushing the crosswalk button. It has a different configuration than traditional traffic signals, with two red lights next to each other above one yellow light.

Here is video of a HAWK beacon in Portland, Oregon.

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http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3310180803950614835

The Maple/Drake roundabout test is one of the first test applications of the HAWK beacon at a roundabout in the country. The test is intended to determine whether or not the HAWK beacon is beneficial in helping pedestrians cross the approaches to a roundabout.

“Safety is the top priority of the Road Commission for Oakland County, and we are continually striving to find ways to enhance safety for both motorists and pedestrians,” explained RCOC Managing Director Brent Bair. “This test will help us learn whether the HAWK is a way to enhance pedestrian safety at roundabouts.

HAWK

The Maple/Drake roundabout HAWK beacons are expected to be fully functional by the end of next week. At that time, Drake Road will also be re-opened at the Maple/Drake roundabout. It has been closed at both the north and south sides of the roundabout since early July so that the roundabout and adjacent crosswalks could be modified to accommodate the HAWK, and so the HAWK beacons could be installed.

HAWK #2RCOC has hired Western Michigan University and North Carolina State University to conduct a study of the HAWK beacons at the roundabout, and, in particular, their impact on blind pedestrians.

“We are firmly convinced that roundabouts in general are one of the greatest safety enhancing tools available to us,” Bair stated. “We are interested, though, in the possibility that devices such as the HAWK could even further enhance safety.”

Bair cited studies by both the Federal Highway Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that have documented substantial safety benefits from converting previously signalized intersections to roundabouts. For example, the FHWA documented a 90 percent reduction in traffic fatalities at intersections converted from traffic signals to roundabouts, while the IIHS documented a 37 percent reduction in total crashes at intersections converted from traffic signals to roundabouts, in addition to reduced fatalities and injuries.

“There is virtually nothing else that we, as an agency, can do that will result in a 90 percent reduction in fatalities,” Bair said. “We feel strongly that roundabouts are a huge safety enhancement for motorists and pedestrians in Oakland County. However, if there is any way to even further improve safety, we will always take a look.”

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No License Plate is Safe!

August 4, 2009

newsteamSo I stumbled upon this story in my local newspaper, The Source. So this blog is dedicated to all of you Shelby Twper’s, Sterling Heighter’s, and just for anyone living in Macomb County…especially if you’re a criminal…JUST KIDDING! But, in all seriousness hiding from the law may not be so easy anymore traveling through Utica. We all know police can radar our speed instantly and now with new technology, infrared cameras are being installed on the city’s police vehicles that will allow 3,000 license plates to be scanned!

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According to Police Chief Michael Reaves, the department applied for and received an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that allows for funding to prevent and control crime. Reaves said Utica were granted $200,000 – which will be used to install an Automated License Plate Recognition system on squad cars. Reaves said no local tax dollars went into the project

“It’s a high-speed system that allows us to process license plates through different databases and find information quickly,” Reaves said. “It’s a phenomenal technology.”

POLICE SCAN

The ALPR system involves installing three special infrared cameras on the exterior of police vehicles and a corresponding program on the computers inside the cars. Typically, they could only type in and get info on just 50-60 plates per shift, but that has all changed now. With the ALPR system, that number has risen to approximately 3,000 to 4,000 license plates. Once equipped, the system makes entering license plates from vehicles an instantaneous process instead of undergoing the usual lengthier manual method.

“It will make my officers as efficient as possible and as productive as possible with the database access,” Reaves said.

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The cameras scan license plates automatically, simultaneously taking a picture of the vehicle in question, and collaborating with several local and federal law enforcement databases to search for criminal and questionable activity.

Instead of stopping and manually typing in a license plate, an officer can drive through a parking lot or down a road at a normal speed and the ALPR system will scan every license plate the officer drives past – instantly and without typing in anything.

“I think it will make a huge difference,” Detective Sgt. David Faber said. “It will be a great aid for officers to identify suspects.”

 Only one other community in the state uses the ALPRpolice vehicles within a few months. Reaves said he is looking into ALPR vendors and putting the program together in the department, and then the installation and officer training would follow.

MDOT is Back in Business!

July 21, 2009

newsteamLast weeks tanker explosion stalled a lot of new construction that is set to begin as early as next week. Well MDOT is back to their regular schedule and released 5 major NEW construction projects that stretch from Flatrock to Detroit! Below is the complete list with start and end dates, lane restriction info, even the cost! I will have more on these new projects today and throughout the week on Local 4 News!

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M-14

Monday July 27th:

  • Contracting crews will be closing the two right lanes of westbound M-14 over the Rouge River.
  • This phase of the project is expected to last until Sunday, Aug. 9.
  • The entire project is expected to be completed in mid-September.

DETAILS: The repairs to M-14 over the Rouge River, located just east of Sheldon Road, are necessary based on a recent inspection. During the inspection, engineers discovered some safety concerns with structural components that need to be addressed. The lane closures will allow crews to conduct the necessary work on the structure’s abutment wall, which helps support the bridge beams.

US-24

1st week of August:

  • Resurfacing of northbound and southbound US-24 (Telegraph Road) in the city of Flat Rock between Vreeland Road and the south Wayne County line.
  • Northbound and southbound US-24 will be reduced to a single lane.
  • The work is limited to weekends only in an effort to minimize the impact to weekday traffic.
  • Lane restrictions may begin at 9 p.m. on Fridays and will end by 5 a.m. on Mondays.
  • All work is scheduled to be completed prior to Labor Day weekend

M-59

Monday July 27th:

  • Widening of M-59, between Crooks and Ryan roads.
  • The two-lane section will be widened to three lanes in each direction.
  • The median will be replaced by a barrier wall separating eastbound and westbound traffic.
  • A majority of the work to widen M-59 will take place during 2010.
  • Expected to be completed in November 2010

DETAILS: Crews will begin preliminary work to widen shoulders and construct freeway crossovers to accommodate a future traffic shift. Culvert work west of John R. Road also is expected to take place this fall.  In addition to the widening work, crews will make repairs to six bridges within the work zone limits. Bridge repairs will take place on Auburn, Rochester, John R., Dequindre and Ryan roads, and Livernois Avenue. During the project, two lanes will be maintained during peak travel periods on weekdays, with the possibility of one lane open on weeknights and all times on weekends. This $50 million investment is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

I-96

Monday July 27th:

  • Extensive bridge repair on I-96 in Detroit
  • Ten bridges will get new driving surfaces between Davison and Livernois avenues.
  • Two lanes will remain open on eastbound and westbound I-96 during peak travel periods.
  • During the overnight hours on weekdays, and all times on weekends, up to three lanes may be closed.
  • Full closures are permitted when crews will be demolishing overpasses.

DETAILS: The overpasses receiving new decks include westbound Davison Avenue to eastbound I-96 (two bridges), Fullerton and Elmhurst roads, Grand River Avenue (two bridges), Livernois Avenue (two bridges) and Oakman Boulevard (two bridges). Bridge work will be staged to provide motorists with mobility. The work will continue through the winter months, with a completion date of November 2010. This $16 million investment is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

I-75

Monday August 3rd:

  • Resurface the I-75 Business Loop (Square Lake Road) in Oakland County
  • Repair and resurface Square Lake Road between US-24 (Telegraph Road) and M-1 (Woodward Avenue)
  • Road crews will restrict Square Lake Road to two lanes in each direction until the project is completed in late November.

DETAILS: This is a $5 million investment. Included in this resurfacing project are median, fencing and signal upgrades. In order to accommodate the work,  During construction, there will be left turn restrictions at certain locations. Not all left turns will be prohibited. There will be no work near M-1 during the Woodward Dream Cruise on the weekend of August 15. This project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).     

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