Archive for May, 2009

Weekend Construction HEADS UP!

May 28, 2009

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: 

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Just as you thought it couldn’t worse….it gets a LITTLE better!  After being closed for nearly a month….MDOT  will re-open the eastbound I-96 connector ramp to eastbound I-696 in Novi on Monday, June 1.

 Contracting crews will open a single lane on the two-lane connector by 6 a.m. on Monday. The connector ramp has been closed in order to expedite the repair and paving operations that are part of a $59 million road and bridge investment between Beck Road and M-1.

In addition to opening a single lane on the connector, crews also will open all lanes on eastbound and westbound I-696 between Franklin and Halsted roads. Lane restrictions had been in place to allow for repairs on the bridges that carry I-696 over Drake and Inkster roads.

    Overnight and weekend lane closures will continue throughout the summer to complete the I-696 portion of the project. Around-the-clock lane restrictions needed in order to repair the structures that carry I-696 over the Rouge River and Woodward Avenue will be announced soon. All bridge and pavement repairs on I-696 are expected to be completed in November

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Now that memorial day weekend is behind us…construction can get back to normal! MDOT has already sent me the full list of construction we can expect over the weekend. There is a little but of everything: FULL freeway closures, partial freeway closures, lane closures, ramps closing…WHEW I’m exhausted already and you haven’t even seen the list already!

So let’s start with what will be the BIGGEST mess first!

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I-696:

 

In Oakland County:

  • Westbound I-696 will be closed from US-24 to I-275 for ongoing bridge and pavement repair project.
  • The full closure will begin at 10 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday.
  • Traffic will be detoured south on US-24 to westbound 8 Mile Road, to westbound M-5 back to westbound I-696/I-96
  • I-696 will have two lanes open at Bermuda (just east of Woodward) for ongoing bridge work. The double lane closure will begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday.
  • There will be a single-lane closures on the two-lane ramps from eastbound and westbound I-696 to northbound and southbound I-75 beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday and ending by Noon. The single lane ramp closure will be independent (no two closures at the same time).

In Macomb County:

  • Westbound I-696 will have two lanes open from M-53 (Van Dyke Ave) to Dequindre for ongoing bridge work. The double lane closure begins at 6 a.m. on Saturday and ends at 6 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Eastbound I-696 will have a single right lane closure from Hayes to I-94 for ongoing bridge and pavement work. The lane closure begins at 8 p.m. on Friday and will end by 5 a.m. on Monday.

M-10 (Lodge Freeway):

At the Detroit/Southfield border:

  • Southbound M-10 will be closed at 8 Mile Road during the overnight hours.
  • Southbound M-10 will close beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday and ending at 6 a.m. on Saturday, and at 9 p.m. on Saturday and open by 8 a.m. on Sunday.
  • Northbound M-10 will close at 9 p.m. on Friday and open by 8 a.m. on Saturday, and at 9 p.m. on Saturday and open by 8 a.m. on Sunday.
  • For both directions, traffic will be detoured to the M-10 service drive at 8 Mile.

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I-96:

In Oakland County:

  • Eastbound and westbound I-96 will be reduced to a single lane during the overnight hours at Novi Road beginning at 8 p.m. and ending at 9 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
  • In addition, the westbound I-96 exit ramp to Novi Road will be closed from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday.

In Wayne County:

  • Eastbound I-96 will have the two left lanes closed at Middlebelt Road, while westbound I-96 will have the two left lanes closed at Beech Daly from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. The lane closures are needed for bridge inspections.
  • Westbound I-96 will have a double lane closure at Joy Road from 8 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. on Monday for drainage repair.

I-275:

In Wayne County:

  • Southbound I-275 will have two lanes closed at Hines Drive beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday until 7 a.m. on Saturday.
  • Northbound I-275 will have two lane closed at Hines Drive beginning at 9 p.m. on Saturday until 7 a.m. on Sunday.

I-75:

In Oakland County:

  • Northbound I-75 will be reduced to a single lane at Rochester Road beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. on Saturday. During this time frame, there will be a 15-minute closure with state police assistance to erect a new sign truss.
  • Southbound I-75 at 12 Mile Road will have a single lane closure from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. on Saturday.

In Wayne County:

  • Northbound I-75 will be reduced to a single lane from Rosa Parks to Woodward beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Southbound I-75 at Pennsylvania will have a right lane closure from 7 a.m. – Noon on Sunday. In conjunction, the ramp from southbound US-24 to southbound I-75 will be closed during the same time frame.

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In Oakland County

  • Eastbound and westbound M-59 will have intermittent lane closures at John R from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Saturday.
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Let’s Go Red Wings!!

May 27, 2009

newsteamCan you smell it? The sent of the Stanely Cup Finals is in the air! TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT! Everyone will be anxiously plastered in front of their television screens or headed downtown for true Red Wing action.  Now getting to where-ever you’re going may be challenging if you plan on taking M-10, The Lodge. BUT – that’ s where I come in!

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red wingsM-10 southbound between 9 Mile and 8 Mile will close tonight. All southbound lanes will SHUTDOWN tonight at 9pm until Thursday at 5am.  Now that doesn’t pose any problem for people going downtown from the north, but the best way around it is just to hop on the Lodge Service Drive during those overnight hours. Now here is where all of you Joe Louis Arena goers need to pat attention… The northbound lanes of the Lodge WILL REMAIN OPEN for the game… however, the northbound side of the Lodge will be reduced TO ONE LANE at 8 mile until 6 am!  So expect delays as you make your way north back home, you may just want to hop on I-75 or Woodward!

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NOW… I feel this is the most important segment of the blog. Mainly this is directed to all of you ladies. Today’s weather is just plain baaad, SO before you head out into the rainy, muggy outdoors, you need to log onto www.justweather.comand check out the HAIRCAST! When you log onto to the site, the blank spaces will be filled in with today’s current weather and it will let you know weather it’s a good, fair, or bad hair day. AKA whether or not you need more hairspray!

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Now make sure you tune in to Local 4 News 1st at 4pm today! Katrina will be LIVE with coverage on the Red Wings Game 5. Chuck and I will get you out the door with the latest weather and traffic to make sure you know what to wear and where to drive before you make your way to the Joe!

Stuck at your desk? NO PROBLEM! Watch 1st at 4pm LIVE on www.clickondetroit.com 15722248_240X180

Back Into the Swing of Things…

May 26, 2009

newsteamWELCOME BACK TO THE WORK WEEK? Have you forgotten what it’s like to go a day without a BBQ? Well even though we wouldn’t LIKE TO, we must get ourselves back into the grind! Now one thing we can be happy about is a short work week! So Tuesday’s traffic blog is a little news on a lot of different topics… check it out!

600px-I-94_svgIf you were one of the million that traveled over the holiday weekend, you may have run into this problem! MDOT had hoped to have an eastbound lane open by the Memorial Day weekend but some concrete didn’t cure quickly enough One of my producers here at WDIV had her fingers crossed the entire weekend that MDOT would RE-open the eastbound lanes of I-94 for her ride home, they didn’t, which landed her into a nightmare of detours.

A nearly five-mile stretch of I-94 was closed May 14 because the soil shifted beneath the foundations of its two bridges over Riverside Drive. Crews have been working to correct the problem. The westbound lanes were reopened May 16, but MDOT spokesman Nick Schirripa says the overpass for eastbound I-94 has required much more work.

One of the two eastbound lanes is to reopen by 8 p.m. tonight and the other by 8 p.m. Wednesday.

In other traffic news….

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Gas prices are 20 cents a gallon higher than they were last week, but are still $1.57 a gallon cheaper than they were this time last year, according to a report from AAA of Michigan. The statewide average price for a gallon of regular is $2.54 compared to $2.34 last week. The price for a gallon of regular at this time in 2008 was $4.11.

Because gas was almost half of what it was last year over memorial day, more people hit the roads to travel. The statewide average for bio-diesel is $2.31 and $2.14 for ethanol.

Here’s whats happening tonight…

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OVERNIGHT CONSTRUCTION: I-75 at 12 Mile is scheduled to be reduced to ONE LANE tonight at 10pm until 5am Wednesday morning. During this project 15 minute complete closures will be intermittently scheduled. If you had out overnight, you may want to use Woodward.

CONSTRUCTION THROUGHOUT THE WEEK: At the Detroit/Southfield border, overnight closures of northbound and southbound M-10 at 8 Mile Road for ongoing bridge repair. Posted detours utilize the M-10 service drives in each direction.

  • Southbound M-10 will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, beginning at 9 p.m. and ending by 5 a.m. the following mornings.
  • Northbound M-10 will be closed Tuesday and Thursday nights, beginning at 9 p.m. and ending by 5 a.m. the following mornings.

 

In television news…

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Now as a *proud* employee of WDIV Local 4 News, I thought I would take the time to let you know our progress, I am pleased to inform you that WDIV’s ratings have been greatly successful throughout our afternoon newscasts….and it hasnt gone unnoticed.

WDIV Wins #1 News in May 2009: Michiguide.com

WDIV Local 4 News scored victories as its early evening and late newscasts were #1 in the May 2009 Nielsen rating period for the Detroit television market.

WDIV won the weekday early evening news at both 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Local 4 News at 5 p.m. won with a 6.0 household rating and a 14 share in May. Local 4 News at 5 p.m. has gained strong momentum since November 2008 and is up 7%, while competitor WXYZ has dropped 17%. In May, Local 4 News at 6 p.m. won it’s time period scoring a 7.8 household rating and a 17 share, and is up 11% with continued growth since November 2008, again while WXYZ is down a significant 24% and WJBK is down 8%.

The perennial late evening leader, Local 4 News at 11 p.m., dominated all local newscasts with the highest ratings of news on any station, in any time-period. In May 2009, Local 4 News at 11 p.m. scored a 9.1 household rating and a 17 share. In addition, Local 4 News at 11 p.m. continues to be top-rated in all key demographics, and shows growth, increasing it’s prime-time lead-in by up to 55%.

In addition to newscasts, the WDIV programming lineup included #1 entertainment programs in May. The Ellen Degeneres Show, weekdays at 10 a.m., continues to lead in all key demographics. Wheel Of Fortune and Jeopardy continue to be the top-rated shows in early access, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno remains #1 in the 11:30 p.m. timeslot. Leno moves to NBC primetime weeknights at 10 p.m. in the fall.

The afternoon block of Local 4 News at 4 p.m. and Inside Edition with Deborah Norville continue to make significant ratings gains, finishing less than a rating point behind Oprah.((YAY))

Additionally, last month WDIV’s website, ClickOnDetroit.com, was nominated for two NATAS Emmy awards for news coverage.

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5/26/09 Construction update

May 26, 2009
 
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Back to work and back to road work. The holiday is officially over and so are the limits on the number of orange barrels scattered across the metropolitan area. Here are MDOT’s plans for the week ahead. Each project is broken down by roadway.

 

 M-10 (Lodge Freeway):

At the Detroit/Southfield border, overnight closures of northbound and southbound M-10 at 8 Mile Road for ongoing bridge repair. Posted detours utilize the M-10 service drives in each direction.

  • Southbound M-10 will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, beginning at 9 p.m. and ending by 5 a.m. the following mornings.
  • Northbound M-10 will be closed Tuesday and Thursday nights, beginning at 9 p.m. and ending by 5 a.m. the following mornings.

In Oakland County, there will be a single lane closed on southbound M-10 at the bridge that carries eastbound I-696 over M-10 for bridge painting. This work is part of the ongoing I-696 bridge rehab in Oakland County.

  • The single lane closure begins at 9 p.m. and ends by 5 a.m. the following mornings, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

 I-275:

In Wayne County, an additional lane will be closed on northbound I-275 from 5 Mile to 6 Mile Roads. The work is associated with the current project to extend the current left lane from 5 Mile Road to 6 Mile. The additional lane closures are scheduled to begin at 4 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. on both Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29.

In Wayne County, a single lane closure on southbound I-275 at Koppernick (north of Ford Road) on beginning Tuesday and ending Friday. The single lane closure will be in effect beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. each day.

I-696:

In Oakland County, the eastbound I-696 exit to Coolidge Road will be closed starting this morning and ending on June 3. A detour will be posted for ramp traffic. The closure is needed for ongoing bridge repair along the corridor.

In Oakland County, westbound I-696 will be reduced to two lanes at Bermuda St. for bridge painting on the RR structure located just west of Bermuda. The lane restrictions begin at 9 p.m. and end by 5 a.m. the following mornings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. In conjunction, the Bermuda entrance ramp to westbound I-696 will be closed at the same time as the freeway lanes.

In Oakland County, westbound I-696 will be reduced to two lanes from US-24 (Telegraph Road) to M-5 for ongoing pavement and bridge rehab. The lane restrictions begin at 10 p.m. and end by 5 a.m. the following morning on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

M-1 (Woodward Ave):

In Oakland County, a permit has been approved to allow for filming on M-1 between 12 Mile and 16 Mile roads. There will be stoppages in traffic (assistance from Oak County Sheriff) for approximately five minute intervals. The filming will take place Wed and Thurs, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day.

M-53 (Van Dyke Freeway):

In Macomb County, the northbound M-53 exit ramp to east and westbound 26 Mile Road will be closed for construction. The closure of the ramp begins at 5 a.m. on Thursday and is expected to be open by the end of June. A detour will be posted.

*As always, all projects are weather permitting.

See you on Local 4 News Morning, weekdays from 5-7am… and catch us on the web at Twitter @HeatherZara and @Local4News.

The worst drivers in America: You won’t find them in Michigan

May 22, 2009

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You may be thinking or even saying  it several times a day when you’re driving on our Michigan roadways; “Nobody around here knows how to drive!!!”  Well, imagine what they’re muttering as they’re driving around in New York, because the worst drivers in America live there, and now there is proof of that.

 

GMAC Insurance conducted a test to measure just how much drivers actually know about safe driving.  Want to know the results? You might want to sit down for this. It turns out that 20.1 percent of licensed drivers in America wouldn’t pass a written drivers exam if they took one today.  That’s about 41 million drivers across the US.

Michigan ranks 22nd in case you were wondering.

By the way…who says “old people” can’t drive? The results from GMAC’s National Drivers Test for 2009 showed, the older the driver, the higher the test score.

  • Drivers over 35 were more likely to pass than those under 35
  • Men over 45 had the highest scores
  • The age group with the highest failure rates: young adults 18-24 years old

Want to test out your driving skills? Take the test at www.nationaldriverstest.com 

Good luck and if you fail… let me know, so I can warn everyone of your route. Just kidding!  😉  Have a great holiday weekend everyone!

Memorial Day Weekend…Who’s Going Away?

May 20, 2009

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family_packing_the_car_l_1_1It’s about that time when everyone is itching to load up their cars, pack the cooler, grab the sleeping bag and HEAD UP NORTH! It’s one of the perks of living in Michigan,  the state’s tourism season kicks off closer to Memorial Day. Whether you are visiting the U.P., Traverse City, or Lexington… you better believe there will be some orange barrel’s along the way.

I WILL BE LIVE ON LOCAL 4 NEWS AT 6PM IN SKY 4 WITH THE MEMORIAL DAY CONSTRUCTION YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT!

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UPDATE: The state said today that it hopes to have both directions of I-94 fully reopened sometime this weekend after soil settled and undermined overpasses in Battle Creek, forcing the shutdown of the freeway last week. MDOT closed the freeway Thursday.

Now here is some promising news…unlike last year the Zilwaukee Bridge will be fully open. The botched repair job that delayed drivers for much of 2008 has been fixed, and Michigan Department of Transportation spokeswoman Anita Richardson said there are no major Zilwaukee repairs on the books until 2012.

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I-75’s biggest pains this year are near the Ambassador Bridge and Downriver. But there are plenty of other road projects in store on I-75 and other major routes headed to northern Michigan.

Here are a few major spots to watch for lane restrictions and other delays, courtesy of MDOT:

• Crews are resurfacing the southbound deck of the Mackinac Bridge through June. The northbound side was done last year. Two-way traffic will be open at all times, but loads wider than 10 feet will be restricted to crossing between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. daily.

• Workers are repairing the King Road bridge at I-75 near Saginaw through mid-May. I-75 will lose a lane each way during daytime hours and two lanes each way between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. nightly.

• Crews are performing bridge and pavement repair on I-75 over the Kawkawlin River near Bay City, leaving only one lane open each way through May 15 and then shoulder closures until the work wraps up in June. M-13 is the posted alternate.• The M-21 overpass at I-75 is being replaced, a project set to last through November.

• About 11 miles of I-75 will undergo pavement repair in the West Branch area in Ogemaw County, northbound through May and southbound from May to October.

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• U.S.-127 and I-496 are undergoing 4 miles of resurfacing and bridge work in the Lansing area through November. There are round-the-clock lane restrictions now, but lane closures are expected to be limited to nighttime hours after July 4.

• M-115 will be resurfaced and three bridges repaired along 6 miles in Osceola County between M-61 and the Clare County line from August to November.

• U.S.-10 has lane restrictions between Sanford Lake and the border of Midland and Bay counties through November.

Does Your Commute Suck? Tell Congress!

May 19, 2009

newsteamI am always looking for new ways we can voice our opinions on our bad roads! Well with the help of Matt Helms (who always has great traffic related stories) from the Free Press, I’VE FOUND A GREAT OUTLET! A web site with a blunt but appropriate name: www.mycommutesucks.org!!  We can join in a national effort to get Congress to do something about horrible roads, congestion and limited transit options using .

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See-sawing gas prices, crazy crowded roads, noxious fumes – who would love their commute? Not us. Join Americans all over the country, in big cities and in small towns, who are making their voices heard in Washington.

Tell Congress: “My commute sucks and it’s not getting any better. Stop pouring billions into a broken system. Transportation shouldn’t be an expensive, dirty burden. Fix it, clean it, make it work!”

The site offers a place to not only vent but also learn more about the issues, sign a petition and perhaps get more involved in the effort to fix the U.S. transportation system.

The webpage talks about how we all want improved roads, but even more than that says it wants a system that includes better mass transit, easier carpooling, high-speed rail and walkable communities, all as part of a more comprehensive upgrade to how we get around.

funny-traffic-sign“People feel stuck in traffic — they feel stuck with no options,” James Corless, director of Transportation for America. So the folks behind the site hope to offer a way for people to release a little steam, and more.

“Sometimes it feels good to vent, so go right ahead,” Corless says. “But after you’ve vented and taken a breath, sign the petition” on the site and then write a letter or e-mail to the lawmakers who represent you.

Congress this summer is expected to take up the nation’s next transportation bill, and advocates including the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials are pushing the federal government to raise the six-year, $286-billion highway bill, which expires Sept. 30, to $470 billion.

In Michigan, lawmakers and other groups trying to raise more transportation money are working on bills that would nearly double vehicle registration fees over 5 years and change the state’s gas taxes, from 19 cents per gallon to 16% on the wholesale price, capped at the equivalent of 34 cents per gallon.

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Here’s an expert STRAIGHT from the mycommutesucks webpage!

Why is transportation such a pain?

 

What do you think about first when you wake up in the morning? Are you usually excited about getting up and heading out the door? Is it your job that makes you loathe the morning – or your commute?

Did you get up extra early today to try and beat the traffic or to get a seat on that always-packed train? Maybe you missed the bus and had to wait 45 minutes for the next one, or caught every light as you took one kid to daycare, another to school and ran three errands before you even started your commute. Isn’t there anything we can do to make getting around less painful and more reliable?

Our congested roads have lanes added to them – yet promptly fill up again. More and more people are riding the train and bus, yet service is being cut. Biking has never been more popular, but it seems our streets have never been more difficult or dangerous to use.

Although most of the time we’d rather not think about it, transportation is an ever-present fact of our lives, and we pay good money for roads, public transportation, sidewalks and bridges. But who decides how it is spent, and what kind of job are they doing?

The government has been spending billions on transportation for years, yet it seems like things never get any better. Why?

We can fix this.

It’s not just a matter of money, but of spending it wisely. We’re already paying a lot for transportation – just about every time we make a trip, we pay taxes and fees that go towards funding national transportation. But too often that money is spent on wasteful projects that serve political interests more than they help us get where we want to go.

We need to hold the federal government accountable for how they spend our transportation money.

Why now?

Now, it may seem like transportation isn’t the most pressing issue facing our country. But many Americans spend 20% or more of their monthly income on transportation – cutting into their ability to afford housing, food, clothing, and other necessities.

More than that, every six years, Congress writes a transportation bill governing billions in transportation investments – and the new version, which could allocate nearly a half-trillion dollars, is being written right now. In years past, all that money has been distributed with very little accountability for what it should accomplish.

This year’s bill represents a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a down-payment on the kind of complete transportation system we deserve.

The transportation system our country invests in this year will define our nation for generations, just as the highway system we envisioned more than 60 years ago still defines us today.

If we continue with business as usual, there will be nothing in the legislation to ensure we’re investing in the best projects – those that can build communities, make neighborhoods safer, and move people in the cleanest and most efficient ways.

Stop reading. Do something.

So between the time that a crumbling transportation system steals from you each day and the amount of your money – and time – that is wasted every year, don’t you think it’s worth a minute or two to tell Congress that you’re tired of your lousy commute – and that they need to start doing a better job spending your money?

CLICK IT OR TICKET Week Begins!

May 18, 2009

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SCENARIO: Would you rather have $65 bucks in your pocket? OR Would you rather be handing it over to Michigan State Police? Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to answer THAT question, but you could easily be put that position over the next 2 weeks! Police all over the county will be out in full force as the CLICK OR TICKET campaign kicks off TODAY!

HEADS UP: Memorial Day 2009 Click it or Ticket time line CHECK IT OUT http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/DOT/NHTSA/Traffic%20Injury%20Control/Articles/Associated%20Files/CIOT_Timeline2009.pdf

Click It or Ticket is the most successful seat belt enforcement campaign ever, helping create the highest national seat belt usage rate of 83 percent. Every year during this holiday period, law enforcement agencies join forces day and night, from coast-to-coast, for an enforcement blitz that delivers on our message Click It or Ticket. The mobilization is supported by national and local paid advertising and earned media campaigns aimed at raising awareness,

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The Click it or Ticket campaign was adopted as Michigan’s enforcement and public information campaign as a result of an upgrade to the safety belt law in March 2000. The campaign focus is increasing awareness of and compliance with Michigan’s safety belt and child passenger safety laws. Safety belts save lives!

The reality is that traffic crashes are devastating. We lose the equivalent of a fully loaded 737 airplane each day in this country on our highways due to traffic crashes. While America continues to wage a full-scale war against terrorism, both on our own soil and overseas, why do we continue to accept and tolerate the reality that traffic crashes claim lives everyday?

Safety belts can prevent serious injury and even death in a crash. 1,084 persons were killed and 80,576 persons injured in traffic crashes in Michigan during 2007. Of those killed, 37% were not wearing a safety belt.

The public knows they should buckle up for safety. But despite this awareness, research shows that many are not taking the steps necessary to protect themselves and their children on every ride.

Many people are under the mistaken notion that trips around home are safe, and they fail to make it a point that everyone buckles up. The truth is, most traffic crashes happen close to home – where people do the most driving.

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Michigan law requires:

  • All front seat passengers to be buckled up
  • All passengers under age 16 to be buckled up, in all seating positions
  • All children under age 8 to be in an approved child safety seat or booster seat, in all seating positions, unless 4’9″ tall

STAY TUNED I WILL HAVE MORE ON THE CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN TONIGHT ON LOCAL 4 NEWS AT 4PM & 5PM!

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Here we go again…

May 14, 2009

 

newsteamWell the weekend is upon us…we all know what that means. It’s the same ‘ol same ‘ol around here, weekend construction! But you never know what we’re gonna get! I sit around anxiously waiting for the e-mail from Rob Morosi to come through my e-mal…anticapting any full-freeway closures. Fortunatly, no freeways are closing for the entire weekend, there is only a partial closure on The Lodge.  Check out the complete list of road work below…

Stay tuned to Local 4 News & www.clickondetroit.com for more updates! It’s going to be a very busy next few days for auto-industry news…But I am scheduled to be on Local 4 News at Noon, 4pm, 5pm,  & 11pm Friday with weekend construction updates!

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I-696:

In Oakland County, westbound I-696 will have two lanes closed from Middlebelt Road to the I-275 interchange for ongoing bridge and pavement repair. The double lane closure will begin at 10 p.m. on Friday and be removed by 5 a.m. on Monday.

In Oakland County, the existing two lane connector leading from westbound I-696 to westbound I-96 will be reduced to a single lane for pavement repair. The single lane closure will begin at 10 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday.

In Oakland County, eastbound I-696 will be reduced to two lanes at Inkster Road from 7 a.m. – Noon on Sunday. Westbound I-696 will be reduced to two lanes at Inkster Road from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday. The double lane closures are needed for ongoing bridge repair.

In Macomb County, eastbound and westbound I-696 will be reduced to two lanes between Dequindre and Van Dyke for ongoing bridge and pavement repair. The double lane closures will begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday.

In Macomb County, eastbound and westbound I-696 will have the two right lanes closed between Hayes and I-94 for ongoing bridge and pavement repair. The double lane closures begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday.

I-696/I-75 interchange:

In Oakland County, a single lane closure on the existing two lane ramps leading from northbound and southbound I-75 to eastbound and westbound I-696 will be in effect on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The single lane ramp closures will occur independently, only one ramp at a time will have the single lane closures.

I-96:

In Oakland County, westbound I-96 will have a single lane closure at Novi Road for bridge work. In conjunction to the single lane closure, crews will close the ramp from northbound Novi Road to westbound I-96. The single lane and ramp closure will begin at 6 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

In Wayne County, detailed bridge inspections will close the two right lanes on eastbound I-96 from Merriman to Middlebelt beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. on Saturday. A two lane closure on westbound I-96 at Wayne Road is scheduled for Sunday beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m.

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In Detroit, detailed bridge inspections will close the left two lanes of westbound I-96 from Maplewood to the Southfield Freeway interchange. The lane closures will take place from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday.

In Detroit, detailed bridge inspections will close the two left lanes of eastbound I-96 from the Southfield Freeway interchange to Maplewood beginning at 8 a.m. and ending by 4 p.m. on Sunday.

In Detroit, the two left lanes of westbound I-96 will be closed at Joy Blvd for drainage repair. The double lane closure begins at 9 p.m. on Friday and ends at 5 a.m. on Monday.

M-10 (Lodge Freeway):

Ongoing bridge repair will result in the following overnight closures on northbound and southbound M-10 at 8 Mile Road at the Detroit/Southfield border.

Both directions of M-10 will be closed beginning at 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 14 and ending by 5 a.m. on Friday, May 15. Traffic will follow posted detours in each direction.

Southbound M-10 will close at 8 Mile beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 15 until 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 16.

Northbound M-10 will close at 8 Mile beginning at 11 p.m. on Friday, May 15 until 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 16.

M-53 (Van Dyke Freeway):

In Macomb County, southbound M-53 will be reduced to a single lane from 24 Mile Road to 18 Mile Road beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday and ending by 4 p.m. on Saturday.

M-39 (Southfield Freeway):

In Wayne County, a Michcon permit was approved to close the southbound M-39 exit to Warren Ave beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, May 18 thru Monday, June 1. In addition to the ramp closure, the southbound Service Drive will close from Tireman to Warren. Detours will be posted for both Service Drive and ramp traffic.

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Time to Head Up North!

May 13, 2009

Local 4 Traffic Blog By: Lauren Podell newsteam

family_packing_the_car_l_1_1It’s about that time when everyone is itching to load up their cars, pack the cooler, grab the sleeping bag and HEAD UP NORTH! It’s one of the perks of living in Michigan,  the state’s tourism season kicks off closer to Memorial Day. Whether you are visiting the U.P., Traverse City, or Lexington… you better believe there will be some orange barrel’s along the way.

Now here is some promising news…unlike last year the Zilwaukee Bridge will be fully open. The botched repair job that delayed drivers for much of 2008 has been fixed, and Michigan Department of Transportation spokeswoman Anita Richardson said there are no major Zilwaukee repairs on the books until 2012.

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I-75’s biggest pains this year are near the Ambassador Bridge and Downriver. But there are plenty of other road projects in store on I-75 and other major routes headed to northern Michigan.

Here are a few major spots to watch for lane restrictions and other delays, courtesy of MDOT:

• Crews are resurfacing the southbound deck of the Mackinac Bridge through June. The northbound side was done last year. Two-way traffic will be open at all times, but loads wider than 10 feet will be restricted to crossing between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. daily.

• Workers are repairing the King Road bridge at I-75 near Saginaw through mid-May. I-75 will lose a lane each way during daytime hours and two lanes each way between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. nightly.

• Crews are performing bridge and pavement repair on I-75 over the Kawkawlin River near Bay City, leaving only one lane open each way through May 15 and then shoulder closures until the work wraps up in June. M-13 is the posted alternate.• The M-21 overpass at I-75 is being replaced, a project set to last through November.

• About 11 miles of I-75 will undergo pavement repair in the West Branch area in Ogemaw County, northbound through May and southbound from May to October.

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• U.S.-127 and I-496 are undergoing 4 miles of resurfacing and bridge work in the Lansing area through November. There are round-the-clock lane restrictions now, but lane closures are expected to be limited to nighttime hours after July 4.

• M-115 will be resurfaced and three bridges repaired along 6 miles in Osceola County between M-61 and the Clare County line from August to November.

• U.S.-10 has lane restrictions between Sanford Lake and the border of Midland and Bay counties through November.