Archive for October, 2009

Weekend Construction Updates: October 23-26

October 22, 2009

 

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A lot of weekend construction about to hit the roads… it all starts Friday morning! I will have updates on Local 4 News at 4pm, 5pm, & 11pm! Until then check out the full list of construction below! Happy Driving.

ROAD CLOSED 

I-375
In Detroit:

FULL CLOSURE of southbound I-375 at Lafayette is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Friday and remain in place until 7 p.m. on Sunday. The full closure is needed to replace traffic control devices at the southbound I-375 exit to westbound Jefferson Ave. The work is weather dependent.

I-275
In Oakland County:

Southbound I-275 will have the two left-lanes closed from Grand River Ave to 8 Mile Road for ongoing pavement repair. The single lane closure begins at 10 p.m. on Friday and ends by 6 a.m. on Monday.

I-696
In Macomb County:

  • Eastbound and westbound I-696 will be reduced to a single lane between Hayes Road and I-94 for ongoing bridge and pavement repair. The lane closures begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday. In conjunction to this work, crews will close the eastbound I-94 ramp to westbound I-696 during the same time frame.
  • Eastbound and westbound I-696 will have two lanes open between Dequindre and Van Dyke for ongoing bridge repair. The double lane closures begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday.

In Oakland County:

  • Eastbound I-696 will have the two lanes closed at Halsted Road for ongoing bridge work beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday and ending by 5 a.m. on Monday.
  • Bridge work will also close the two right lanes on eastbound I-696 from Middlebelt to Franklin roads beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday and ending by 5 a.m. on Monday.
  • Westbound I-696 will have the two left lanes closed from Woodward Ave to Lahser Road 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 work beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday and ending by 5 a.m. on Monday.

I-96:
In Oakland County:

Westbound I-96 will have two lanes open from Meadowbrook to Novi Road beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday and ending by 7 p.m. on Sunday.

In Detroit:

The ramp from westbound Davison to westbound I-96 will be reduced to a single lane for ongoing bridge work. The lane closure begins at 9 p.m. on Friday and ends by 8 a.m. on Saturday.

M-150 (Rochester Road)
In Oakland County:

 Maintenance work will result in a closure of the right lane on northbound and southbound Rochester Road between University Drive and Tienken Road beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday and ending by 6 p.m. on Sunday.

M-59
In Oakland County:

In conjunction with the project between Crooks and Ryan roads, crews will close Dequindre Road under M-59 for bridge demolition. The closure begins at 5 a.m. on Saturday and ends by 5 a.m. on Monday. A detour will be posted for each direction Dequindre.

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National Teen Driver Safety Week (18th – 24th)

October 20, 2009

newsteamIt’s pretty safe to say that the adults of the world are better behind the wheel, we’ll chalk it up to experience. It’s also pretty safe to say that teens, well to put it politely, have different tasks to overcome behind the wheel then most adults did when they learned to drive.  To help acknowledge that — “National Teen Driver Safety Week” has been instituted.  

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New drivers too often think they’re invincible. They dont have as much experience (obviously), they handle distractions poorly, and tend to have that “it won’t happen to me” mind set.  This is the perfect formula that makes traffic crashes the leading cause of death among people in the 15-20 age group.

*Aug 26 - 00:05*The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says 174 people were killed and 1,517 seriously injured statewide in crashes involving drivers age 16-20 in 2008. Most of those who died were the young drivers themselves or passengers in their vehicles. Also,  young people in general don’t see texting, dialing, or other distracting behaviors as risky as the older adults.  Only 61 percent of those under the age of 35 believe that reading text messages from a mobile device is “very dangerous” compared to 92 percent of study participants older than 50.

Ford Motor Company has stepped up to the plate to acknowledge Teen Driver Safety Week. They realize most teens are talking on their cell, texting, grooming, eating, etc. So they put together an AWESOME website that offers safe driving tips, accident statistics, games, car-care tips, and stuff for parents too

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 Be apart of the solution… sit down with your teen, explain the dangers, explain the reality.

Studies confirm: Teen Drivers + Peer Passengers = Higher Fatal Crash Risk
 1 passenger = 2x Fatal Crash Risk
 3 or more passengers = 4–5x Fatal Crash Risk

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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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WALBRIDGE

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

October 1st = Bow hunting, my birthday (almost), OH & construction!

October 1, 2009
Local 4 Traffic Blog by: Lauren Podell

Local 4 Traffic Blog by: Lauren Podell

I can’t believe it is already October! Really October 1st is kind of important… it not only marks the 1st day of bow hunting season (please don’t even ask how I know that or WHY I care lol) but it also means we are 30 DAYS AWAY FROM MY BIRTHDAY which is on Halloween! So in my eyes, it’s a special day. It also is the 1st weekend of construction this month. I have to say it seems like MDOT is toning it down a bit as it gets colder and colder outside, which means less closures! Check MDOT’s official list below…

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I-696

In Macomb County:

  • Eastbound and westbound I-696 will have a single lane open between I-94 and M-97 (Groesbeck Highway). The work is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday.
  • Eastbound and westbound I-696 will have two lane open between M-53 (Van Dyke Ave) and Dequindre Road. The double lane closure will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday.

In Oakland County:

  • Eastbound and westbound I-696 will have a single lane open between Telegraph and Evergreen roads for ongoing bridge work over the Rouge River. The double lane closure begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2
  •  Eastbound and westbound I-696 will have two lanes closed between Evergreen Road and M-1 (Woodward Avenue) 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-275

In Oakland County:

  • The right two lanes of southbound I-275 will be closed from Grand River Avenue to 8 Mile Road for pavement repair. The double lane closure begins at 10 p.m. on Friday and ends at 6 a.m. on Monday.
  • In conjunction, single lane closures will be implemented on the existing two lane ramps that lead from eastbound I-96 to southbound I-275, westbound I-696 to southbound I-275, and southbound M-5 to southbound I-275. The lane closures on the ramps will occur during the same time frame.

M-153 (Ford Road)

In Wayne County:

A single lane closure on eastbound and westbound Ford Road between Telegraph Road and Mercury Drive in Dearborn for resurfacing work. The single lane closure begins at 9 p.m. on Friday and ends by 5 a.m. on Monday.

M-85 (Fort Street):

In Detroit:

Northbound and southbound M-85 will be closed between Miller Road and Oakwood Boulevard for repair to the lift bridge over the Rouge River. The closure begins at 7 a.m. and ends by 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

((Here’s the biggy))

M-59:

In Oakland County:

Westbound M-59 will close at Martin Luther King Blvd in Pontiac beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday. The full closure will remain in place for two weeks (open Saturday Oct. 17). The full closure is needed in order for crews to rebuild the intersection of westbound M-59 at University Drive.

Through-traffic will be detoured onto southbound Opdyke Road, to westbound Auburn Road, to northbound Woodward Avenue back to westbound M-59. For local traffic, the westbound M-59 exit to MLK will be open. The MLK entrance ramp to westbound M-59 will be closed.