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.

WEEKEND CONSTRUCTION

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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.

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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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Weekend Work: Prepare yourself 4 A LOT!

August 6, 2009

newsteamThe list of weekend construction this time around just goes on and on and on and on and on ((you get the picture)). Now if you’ve paid close attention to our Local 4casters…this weekend calls for rain. So there a few of these projects that are weather dependent. So sit back, relax, maybe grab a snack…and if you plan on leaving the house, get ready for detours…where ever you live!

Watch for updates on Local 4 News at Noon, 4pm, 5pm and 11pm Friday!

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I-96

In Detroit:

  • Eastbound and westbound I-96 will be closed between Grand River Ave (east of Davison) to Livernois for bridge demolition. The full closure will begin at 11 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday. The posted detour for each direction is the service drive.

In Oakland County:

  • Beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. each day on Thursday and Friday, crews will close the northbound Milford Road entrance ramp to eastbound I-96 for pavement repair. During the ramp closure, a detour will be posted.

I-696

In Oakland County:

  • Eastbound and westbound I-696 will have the two left lanes closed between I-75 and I-275 for ongoing bridge and pavement repair. The lane restrictions are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday.
  • Beginning at 5 a.m. on Friday, the ramp from Lahser Road to eastbound I-696 will close.  The ramp is expected to open at 5 p.m. on Monday, August 10. During the closure, ramp traffic will be directed east on the service drive to the Evergreen entrance ramp.

In Macomb County:

  • Eastbound and westbound I-696 will be reduced to two-lanes in each direction between Dequindre and Van Dyke for ongoing bridge work. The double lane closures are expected to begin by 9 p.m. on Friday and end at 5 a.m. on Monday.

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I-75

In Oakland County:

  • Beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. on Friday:  right lane on southbound I-75 will be closed from 14 Mile to 13 Mile roads.
  • Beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. on Saturday:  right lane on southbound I-75 will be closed from M-59 to Auburn Road.
  • Beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. on Saturday:  right lane on southbound I-75 will be closed from Big Beaver to Livernois.

I-275

At the Oakland/Wayne county border:

  • Crews have closed the ramp from eastbound 8 Mile to southbound I-275. The ramp is expected to remain closed until late August. A detour is posted.

M-102 (Eight Mile Rd)

At the Detroit/Southfield border:

Northbound and southbound Greenfield Road will be closed under the M-102 through-traffic bridge for demolition. The full closure of Greenfield begins at 10 p.m. on Friday and will be open by 6 a.m. on Sunday. Detours for each direction of Greenfield will be posted.

M-59

In Oakland County:

Single lane will be closed on each direction of M-59 between Crooks and Ryan roads, beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday and ending at 5 a.m. on Monday.

M-53 (Van Dyke Ave and Freeway)

In Macomb County:

Right turn lane of southbound M-53 at 14 Mile Road in Sterling Heights will be closed for pavement repairs beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday and ending at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 10th.

The following construction is all WEATHER DEPENDENT!

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In Wayne and Oakland counties:

Northbound M-39 will be closed for pavement repair and other maintenance related items from McNichols in Detroit to M-10 in Southfield. The full closure is scheduled to begin at 11 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday. Traffic will be routed up the service drive to eastbound 8 Mile Road to Northland Drive to access either northbound M-10 or northbound Southfield Road

Crews will close two lanes on northbound I-75 from Maple to Rochester roads for pavement repair. The repair work will begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and end at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Double lane closure westbound I-96 from US-24 (Telegraph Road) to Newburg Road. The work is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday.

In Detroit:

ramp resurfacing will result in the following closures and times: The northbound I-75 exit and entrance ramps to and from Mack Ave will be closed beginning at 5 a.m. on Saturday until 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The southbound I-75 exit and entrance ramps to and from Warren Ave will be closed beginning at 5 a.m. on Saturday until 4 p.m. on Sunday.

In Macomb County:

Right lane of northbound M-53 from 35 Mile Road to Ebling Road in Bruce Township will be closed for pavement repair work from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 8th.

 

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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Freeway Inferno RE-CAP!

July 21, 2009

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This is a truly a construction breakthrough! I’ve never seen anything like it. I know it amazed me as much as you that both directions of I-75 are open at 9 Mile Rd. LESS then a week after that inferno engulfed the freeway.  I worked 15 hours days Thursday and Friday, expecting to stay on coverage for AWHILE…but MDOT made sure they got to work!

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Yesterday MDOT opened the Northbound lanes of the freeway in the early afternoon, Southbound opened over the weekend! Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Rob Morosi had said earlier in the day that a “black oily substance” was delaying the the reopening of the northbound lanes, and that crews were waiting on test.

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  • Video: Southbound I-75 Lanes Reopen After Crash
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    Flames erupted as 13,000 gallons of fuel spilled onto the freeway. The Nine Mile overpass collapsed as a result of the crash and explosion. The drivers were able to walk away from the crash without any serious injuries. A Macomb County demolition crew has been working around the clock to remove debris and resurface lanes. Although it was only the northbound side of the overpass that collapsed, the southbound portion was also torn down.

    “That steel was too hot under there, and we decided we were not going to take a chance,” Morosi said. “When you figure that that fire raged how many hours at the temperature it did, obviously there was a compromise in the structural damage.”

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    Morosi said core samples of the pavement affected by the crash were taken, and experts proved that the affected section of the roadway didn’t need to be rebuilt, but resurfaced.

    “What we have to do on the northbound side is go down about two-and-a-half to three inches, mill off that pavement, remove the surface and put down a brand-new surface,” Morosi said. “We’re looking at approximately 500 feet total.”

    Morosi said only about 100 feet of pavement needed to be resurfaced on the southbound side. Morosi said that he estimates that the repaving will cost about $90,000, while the demolition of the bridge and cleanup will cost about $78,000. Rebuilding the Nine Mile Road overpass could take up to four months and could cost the state up to $2 million.

    “We never replaced this bridge in 2007. We did extensive rehabilitation — this is a bridge replacement, so there will have to be design aspects incorporated into it, so it all takes time,” said Morosi.

    Watch: RAW VIDEO: Tanker Explosion
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    Welcome, Detroit Travelers!

    July 14, 2009

    newsteamThis will only make Detroit travel better! The new Rosa Parks Transit Center opens THIS MORNING at 10am on the dot!  I will be going out there to see the 1st few people stroll in. This center is extremely modern and state of the art! It’s is an open, airy space designed to provide a comfortable and protective waiting area for commuters under tall, white canopies that brings a very unique look to the city.

    Photo by: REGINA H. BOONE/Detroit Free Press

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    The $22.5-million center is at the corner of Michigan and Cass. Here’s what you’ll find, 15 bus bays for 21 Detroit Department of Transportation bus routes, as well as space for connections with the suburban SMART system, Transit Windsor buses and a taxi stand. The facility, which sits between the People Mover and Times Square stations, is to open at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

    Photo by: REGINA H. BOONE/Detroit Free Press

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     Inside, two levels open to the public offer restrooms, a cashier station for bus fares, and information and security booths. The facility’s exterior is mostly aluminum-framed windows. Stairway handrails are stainless steel and ceiling tiles aluminum. Users will find seating inside as well as four commercial spaces the city said will house retail outlets, possibly restaurants, cafés, coffee shops or newsstands.

    Photo by: REGINA H. BOONE/Detroit Free Press

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    Outside, the glass-coated fiber canopies, riders may sit on benches and check electronic signs announcing arrival times for buses based on real-time GPS coordinates. The transit center’s architect, Tushar Advani of Parsons Brinckerhoff, said he took inspiration from the image of an airplane wing in the clouds when designing the sharply angled building and the adjacent covered area.

    “There aren’t a lot of facilities like this, particularly for buses,” Advani said during a news media tour of the center Thursday. “We didn’t want to create another fortress in Detroit.” The aim, he said, was an iconic place that provides “a comfortable, respectful and safe environment” for transit users.

    WATCH FOR MY STORY ON THIS GRAND OPENING ON LOCAL 4 NEWS TODAY!

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    Weekend Construction: 7/10-7/13

    July 9, 2009

    Local 4 Traffic Blog by: Lauren Podell newsteam

    We had one weekend off… but its BACK! Weekend construction is out in full force, with one total freeway closure on the way. The following construction activities are planned for this upcoming weekend. As always, some work maybe postponed due to rain.

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    Also, here is an additional construction update…more of the Gateway Project is opening! MDOT has good news for motorists who cross the Ambassador Bridge from Canada to the United States. Later today, MDOT plans to open a new ramp that will move automobiles entering the United States from the bridge plaza directly onto I-75. While there will eventually be ramps to accommodate those traveling from the United States to Canada, the ramp that will open today is for automobiles leaving Canada to enter the United States only.

     

    US-12 (Michigan Avenue)

    In Wayne County:

    Eastbound and westbound US-12 (Michigan Ave) will have only one lane open over the Rouge River Bridge in Dearborn for ongoing bridge replacement work. In conjunction, the eastbound US-12 entrance ramp to southbound M-39 (Southfield Freeway) and the eastbound US-12 exit to northbound Evergreen Road are closed and detoured.

    M-3 (Gratiot Avenue)

    In Macomb County:

    Northbound Gratiot between Masonic and 14 Mile will have intermittent lane closures on Saturday from 6am to 6pm. Southbound Gratiot between 14 Mile and 11 Mile will have intermittent lane closures during the same time frame.

    I-696:

    In Macomb County:

    Westbound and Eastbound I-696 from I-94 to Gratiot will have a total closure beginning Friday at 10pm until Monday at 5am. In conjunction, the I-94 ramps to Westbound I-696 will be closed. Traffic can use 8 Mile as an alternative to access Westbound I-696. Eastbound I-696 traffic can take Gratiot south to 8 Mile.

    In Oakland County:

    Westbound I-696 from I-75 to M-10 will have a double lane closure beginning Friday at 10pm to Monday at 5am. Also, the Westbound I-696 connector ramp to Westbound I-96 will have only one lane open.

    Eastbound I-696 at Woodward has a continuous left lane closure that began on Wednesday night and will continue through Monday at 5am.

    M-5:

    In Oakland County:

    Northbound M-5 ramp to Westbound I-96 will be closed beginning Friday at 10pm until Monday at 5am.

    Westbound and Eastbound M-5 ramps to Eastbound I-696 will be closed beginning Friday at 9pm until Monday at 5am.

    I-96

    In Oakland County:

    Westbound I-96 from I-275 to Novi will have a double lane closure beginning Friday at 10pm to Monday at 5am. Eastbound I-96 from Novi to I-275 will have just a single lane closure.

    I-275

    In Oakland County:

     Northbound I-275 ramp to Eastbound I-696 will be closed beginning Friday at 9pm until Monday at 5am. Also, the Northbound I-275 ramp to Westbound I-96 will be reduced to a single lane during the same time frame.

    M-59

    In Oakland County:

    Westbound and Eastbound M-59 at Ryan will have 15 minute intermittent closures to allow utility crews to place new power lines across the freeway between the hours of 6am to 10am on Saturday.

    STAY TUNED TO LOCAL 4 NEWS I WILL BE LIVE AT 4PM, 5PM, & 11PM WITH MORE ON WEEKEND CONSTRUCTION!

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