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Michigan Construction…Changing the Way We Drive!

April 6, 2010

Local 4 Traffic Blog by: Lauren Podell

 

So here’s the deal, in the past two days I have received several e-mails from the MDOT Office of Communications alerting me of several (to say the least) new construction projects getting ready to start in the next week. 

Count ’em, FIVE freeways are going under the construction knife, some starting as early as this Friday.  Construction season has officially begun when five BIG projects start in less than a week. So I wanted to take the time to let you know what’s happening out there. Because if you drive in Metro Detroit, you are bound to get stuck in delays from one of these projects. 

PROJECT #1  STARTS APRIL 9 

M-39 (Southfield Freeway) resurfacing in Detroit  

Preliminary work on a $3 million project to resurface 6 miles of M-39 (Southfield Freeway) will begin Friday, April 9, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The resurfacing will take place between M-153 (Ford Road) and McNichols Road in Detroit. 

Contract documents restrict work to overnight on weekdays and all times on weekends. Overnight lane restrictions begin at 9 p.m. and will be removed by 5 a.m. the following mornings. Weekend work runs continuously from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday. 

In addition to the resurfacing work, crews will patch sections of concrete pavement that carry M-39 under I-96. Weather permitting, crews will close two lanes on northbound M-39 under I-96 for patching beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, April 9 until 5 a.m. Monday, April 12. In order to allow for proper cure time, patching work will take place on weekends in April and May. 

All work is expected to be completed in early June. This project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). 

PROJECT #2  STARTS APRIL 10 

I-94/I-696 interchange rehabilitation 

Road and bridge rehabilitation begins on Saturday, April 10, when contracting crews begin a large-scale project at the I-696/I-94 interchange in Macomb County. According to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), this $31 million investment includes: 

            – Reconstructing both directions of I-696 between Neiman Road and I-94; 

            – Reconstructing ramps and rehabilitating bridges within the interchange; and 

            – Resurfacing both directions of I-94 between M-102 (8 Mile Road) and I-696. 

During construction, two-lane ramps will be constructed maintaining one lane. The one exception is the ramp from eastbound I-696 to eastbound I-94, which will close in late June for bridge deck replacement. The ramp is expected to open in early November. During the ramp closure, motorists looking to head east will exit at M-3 (Gratiot Avenue) to Metro Parkway in order to access eastbound I-94. 

The reconstruction of I-696 near the interchange will be constructed maintaining two lanes in each direction during peak travel periods. 

The I-94 resurfacing will begin after July 4 and be completed in mid-October. Lane closures during the resurfacing work will be restricted to weekday nights and all times on weekends. 

In 2011, crews will focus on replacing the 11 Mile Road bridge over I-94. This bridge is located within the interchange and will remain open in 2010 as a way for local traffic to access nearby neighborhoods. 

PROJECT #3 STARTS APRIL 12 

Pavement repairs on M-8 (Davison Avenue) in Detroit  

Crews will begin repairs to approximately 2 miles of M-8 (Davison Avenue) on Monday, April 12. The project limits, between Woodrow Wilson and Tuller streets, are located between the M-10 (Lodge Freeway) and I-96 interchanges in Detroit. 

All work will be completed via lane closures. The section between Woodrow Wilson Street and Livernois Avenue will be resurfaced, while concrete pavement patching will improve the riding surface between Livernois Avenue and Tuller Street. 

Included in this project are curb repairs to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, and constructing median islands with crosswalks and pedestrian signals to improve safety. This $1.85 million project is expected to be completed by the end of September.   

PROJECT #4 STARTS APRIL 12 

 

M-59 pavement repair begins in Macomb County  

Concrete pavement repair will begin the week of April 12 on a 6.8 mile section of M-59 in Macomb County, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The work will be separated into four phases to maintain mobility on this heavily traveled commercial corridor. 

The project limits are between I-94 and Van Dyke Road in Clinton, Macomb and Shelby townships, and in Sterling Heights and Utica. The four phases are as follows: 

–         Phase 1 between I-94 and Elizabeth Street; 

–         Phase 2 between Romeo Plank and Garfield roads; 

–         Phase 3 between Garfield Road and Schoenherr Highway; and 

–         Phase 4 between Schoenherr Highway and Van Dyke Road. 

During construction, phases 1 and 4 will be done simultaneously. Phases 2 and 3 will be done afterward. Motorists should expect lane closures with a minimum of two lanes open in each direction during active work hours. 

Weekday lane closures are scheduled to occur nightly from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. To minimize the impact on local businesses, weekend lane closures will occur continuously from 9 p.m. Saturdays to 3 p.m. Mondays.  This $1.6 million project is expected to be completed in August.   

PROJECT #5 STARTS APRIL 12 

I-94/I-275 interchange project begins in Romulus  

Ramp reconstruction and repair to three bridges begins Monday, April 12, at the I-94/I-275 interchange in Wayne County. According to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the first ramp to be closed will be eastbound I-94 to southbound I-275. During this ramp closure, motorists who want to use southbound I-275 will be directed to continue east on I-94 to Vining Road, and enter westbound I-94 to access southbound I-275. The ramp is expected to open in late May. 

The ramp closure is part of a $12.8 million investment to upgrade this heavily used interchange. Included in this project is the resurfacing of more than 2 miles on northbound and southbound I-275 between Northline and Hannan roads. The resurfacing work is expected to start later this summer.  

Also, the northbound I-275 ramp to westbound I-94 is expected to close the week of April 12 for a period of five days in order for crews to construct a temporary crossover for a future traffic shift. During this ramp closure, all traffic will be diverted to the Vining Road detour. 

The week beginning Monday, April 19, crews will close the northbound I-275 ramp to eastbound I-94 for reconstruction. Detoured traffic will head west on I-94 to Haggerty Road to access eastbound I-94. This ramp is expected to open in early June. 

The dates for the ramp closures are subject to change based on weather or any unforeseen circumstances. All ramps, bridges and lanes at the interchange are expected to be open by late November.

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America’s Worst Commutes!

January 20, 2010

Bumper-to-bumper traffic is America’s collective nightmare, and unfortunatly for us it happens EVERY day! So a website called the Daily Beast set out to figure out the worst of the worst, because this problem isn’t going anywhere. They researched the top 75 in the county! I’ve listed below the top 10 — and I know we want to know — where does Michigan rank?

Anthony Downs, author of Stuck In Traffic has identified four reasons for America’s congestion problem: first, most of us work during the same hours of the day; second, the country’s economic success has allowed households to buy multiple cars; third, there are more people now than when most roadways were conceived; fourth, more cars means more accidents which means more delays.

Here’s how they did it: Ranking the metropolitan areas with the worst rush-hour congestion. The order is based on the peak hour Travel Time Index (TTI) for the metropolitan area each highway is in. TTI is a measure of how much longer it takes to complete a road journey during peak congestion hours compared to free-flow hours. (Peak hours are defined as 6 a.m. to 10a.m., and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) Speeds during non-peak hours are used by INRIX to establish this free-flow baseline.

I’ve posted the top 10 below — but 1st here is where Michigan falls on the list!

#39. Edsel Ford Freeway (I-94), Detroit
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 174
Worst bottleneck: Eastbound, Linwood St/Exit 214
Length of worst bottleneck: .34 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 21
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 24 mph

Commuter Buzz: “It’s flat and straight and people like to fall asleep out there,” says Michigan State Police Sergeant Chris Pascoe of I-94 outside the Detroit city limits.

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#1.  Hollywood Freeway, Los Angeles
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 686
Worst bottleneck: Southbound, Vermont Avenue
Length of worst bottleneck: .64 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 77
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 14 mph

#2. Lunalilo Freeway (H-1), Honolulu
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 347
Worst bottleneck: Eastbound, S Vineyard Blvd/Ward Ave
Length of worst bottleneck: .82 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 36
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 16.4 mph

#3. Capital Beltway, surrounds Washington DC
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 194
Worst bottleneck: Southbound, Exit 2A-B
Length of worst bottleneck: 1.26 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 31
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 21.2 mph

#4. I-35, Austin
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 460
Worst bottleneck: Northbound, Riverside Dr
Length of worst bottleneck: .92 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 47
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 16.2 mph

#5. James Lick Freeway (US 101), San Francisco
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 190
Worst bottleneck: I 80 Northbound, 4th St/5th St
Length of worst bottleneck: .52 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 46
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 12.9 mph

#6. Cross Bronx Expressway, New York City
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 421
Worst bottleneck: Southbound, Bronx River Parkway/Exit 4B
Length of worst bottleneck: .36 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 94
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 11.2 mph

#7. I-5, Seattle
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 256
Worst bottleneck: Southbound, 45th St/Exit 169
Length of worst bottleneck: 1.46 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 34
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 21.3 mph

#8. I-95, Bridgeport, CT
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 272
Worst bottleneck: Northbound, US 1/Connecticut Ave/Exit 14
Length of worst bottleneck: 1.4 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 27
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 22.7 mph

#9. Kennedy Expressway, Chicago
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 712
Worst bottleneck: Westbound, I 90/I 94/Edens Expressway
Length of worst bottleneck: .2 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 64
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 17.2 mph

#10. Airport Expressway (State Road 112), Miami
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 183
Worst bottleneck: Eastbound, 72nd Ave/Milam Dairy Rd
Length of worst bottleneck: .46 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 22
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 16.3 mph

FOR THE FULL LIST CLICK HERE >> http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-01-19/americas-75-worst-commutes/full/

Auto Show 2010 – Parking & People Mover

January 14, 2010

Local 4 Traffic Blog by: Lauren Podell

One of the biggest events in Michigan is in full swing! The cars, the glam, & bright lights have arrived for the 2010 International Auto Show!  For those of you are plan on going or have done this before know that getting downtown is the biggest battle of all. The charity preview is expected to bring 20,000 people to Cobo alone! So here is the official parking and people mover information released by the City of Detroit.

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Individuals attending the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Cobo Conference/Exhibition Center will find convenient and accessible parking and transportation in downtown Detroit. The public show runs from January 16 – 24th

PARKING

ALL OF THESE LOTS AT $10!  These sites are conveniently located near Detroit People Mover stations. In addition, MPD has parking available at the following Cobo Center parking facilities, but heavy traffic and demand are expected at these locations.

Ford Underground Garage 

Mon. – Fri. (6 a.m. – 11 p.m.)  Sat., Sun. and Holidays (9 a.m. – 9 p.m.)

Millennium Garage  

Mon. – Sun. (6 a.m. – 11 p.m.) 

Premier Underground Garage 

24 hours                                                       

Cobo Arena Garage 

Mon. – Sun. (6 a.m. – 11 p.m.)

Cobo Hall Garage

Mon. – Sun. (6 a.m. – 11 p.m.)

Cobo Roof Deck

Mon. – Sun. (6 a.m. – 11 p.m.) 

Joe Louis Arena Garage

Mon – Fri.   (6a.m. – 9:30p.m.)

Sat., Sun. and Holidays (9 a.m. – 9 p.m.)

For more information regarding the parking facilities, and a map of the locations, go online to www.detroitmi.gov/parking or call (313) 221-2500.

DETROIT PEOPLE MOVER

In addition, individuals can park at a City parking facility and catch the Detroit People Mover to the Auto Show.  The Detroit People Mover (DPM) service begins earlier on the weekends during the Auto Show.  On all other days during the show period, the DPM will operate on its normal schedule.  Here are the People Mover hours during the Auto Show:

January 14                                6:30 a.m. – Midnight

January 15                                6:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.

January 16                                7:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.

January 17                                8 a.m. – Midnight

January 18 – 21                        6:30 a.m. – Midnight

January 22                                6:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.

January 23                                7:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.

January 24                                8 a.m. – Midnight

Not 1 but 2 Freeways to CLOSE this Weekend!

December 3, 2009

Local 4 Traffic Blog by: Lauren Podell

WEEKEND CONSTRUCTION

I-96

In Detroit:

Eastbound and westbound I-96 will be closed between Schaefer Road and Livernois Ave. for bridge demolition. The full closure will begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and be removed by 5 a.m. on Monday. During the full closure, all eastbound and westbound traffic will be directed to Grand River Avenue. Crews will be demolishing the Elmhurst Road and Oakman Blvd overpasses.

M-10 (Lodge Freeway)

At the Detroit/Southfield border:

Northbound and southbound Lodge will be closed under 8 Mile Road for ongoing bridge work. The full closure begins at 6 a.m. on Saturday and will end by 5 a.m. on Monday. During the full closure, traffic will be routed up the 8 Mile exit ramp and down the 8 Mile entrance ramp for each direction.

I-696

In Oakland County:

  • Bridge work will result in closing the two left lanes of westbound I-696 from M-1 (Woodward Ave) to Evergreen Road. The double lane closure begins at 5 a.m. on Saturday and will end by 5 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Bridge work will result in closing the two left lanes of eastbound I-696 from Franklin to Greenfield roads beginning at 5 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

I-275

In Wayne County:

Bridge repair will reduce northbound I-275 to a single lane at US-12 (Michigan Ave) beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday and ending by 5 a.m. on Monday. In conjunction, the ramp from eastbound Michigan Ave to northbound I-275 will be closed during the same time frame.

I-94/M-39 (Southfield Freeway)

In Wayne County:

The following lane restrictions are needed for detailed bridge inspections at the I-94/M-39 interchange in Allen Park. The work is weather permitting.

  • Friday, Dec. 4, the left lane will be closed on the existing two lane ramp from northbound M-39 to westbound I-94 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 5, the left lane of northbound M-39 will be closed at I-94 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 6, the right lane of northbound M-39 will be closed at I-94 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 7, alternating right and left lane closures on the existing two lane ramp from eastbound I-94 to northbound M-39 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The following permits have been issued for Holiday Parades this weekend:

Are you ready for this?

M-24:

  • In Oakland County, M-24 will be closed between Broadway and 1st Street from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

M-150 (Rochester Road):

  • In Oakland County, M-150 will be closed between Avon and Tienken roads from Noon until 5 p.m Sunday

M-59:

  • In Oakland County, eastbound and westbound M-59 will be closed between Saginaw Street and Dwight/Cherokee streets for Pontiac’s holiday parade. The closure will be from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday

What’s on Michigans Wish List this Holiday? Road Funding!

December 2, 2009

Local 4 Traffic Blog by: Lauren Podell

It’s an ongoing battle between state’s and the government: finding the money to fix crumbling roads across the country, especially here in Michigan. 

This morning, transportation officials met with Congressional leaders to urge the government to fund 9,500 transportation and road construction projects, totaling nearly $70 billion! The goal? To sustain and create hundreds of thousands of jobs nationwide and improve the roads we drive on everyday!

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials released the list today in Washington. It includes 305 projects in Michigan with a nearly $1.4-billion price tag.

The projects MDOT are focusing on range from big reconstruction projects to smaller resurfacing project.

  • $115 million for I-69 between Miller Road and M-19 in St. Clair County
  • $45.6 million for Fort Street between Sibley and Goddard roads in Wayne County 
  •  M-15 and I-75 in Oakland County and I-94 in Wayne County

“We think transportation has proven it’s an effective way to get people back to work, and it almost always increases economic activity in the areas where improvements have been made”, Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Shreck said.

AASHTO executive director John Horsley said 10,600 transportation projects totaling more than $30 billion have been funded through President Barack Obama’s $787-billion American Recovery and Investment Act. About 9,000 of those were highway construction projects, and more than half are under way or finished.

**In the mean time we’ll keep our fingers crossed here in the mitten….

Construction updates: 11/19 – 11/23

November 19, 2009

Local 4 Traffic Blog by: Lauren Podell

Here we go again people! Another round of weekend construction is upon us. In *my* opinion, there really isn’t a whole lot! All pretty standard lane closures, no major closures EXECPT for tonight!  Below is full list released today from MDOT…enjoy! hehe

STARTING TONIGHT

I-75 in Oakland County:

  • Ongoing bridge work will result in the full closure of northbound and southbound I-75 at Nine Mile Road beginning at 9 p.m. on Thursday and ending by 5 a.m. on Friday. During the full closure, all traffic will be routed to the service drives in each direction.

STARTING FRIDAY

M-59 in Oakland County:

  • Westbound M-59 will be reduced to a single lane from Dequindre to Rochester roads beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. on Friday for ongoing road repairs.

US-12 (Michigan Avenue) in Wayne County:

  • Eeastbound Michigan Avenue will have the right lane closed from Oakwood Boulevard to Elm Street in Dearborn for utility work. The right lane closure begins at 9 a.m. on Friday and ends by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24.

THIS WEEKEND

I-696 in Macomb County:

  • Eastbound and westbound I-696 will be reduced to a single lane between I-94and Hayes Road.
  • In conjunction to these lane closures, the ramp from westbound I-94 to westbound
  • I-696 will be closed. The lane and ramp closures are scheduled from 8 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. on Monday.

In Oakland County:

  • The right lane of westbound I-696 will be closed at Southfield Road for sign work beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at noon on Sunday.

I-94 in Wayne County, bridge inspections will result in the following lane closures:

  • Beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at noon on Saturday, the right lane of eastbound I-94 will be closed at the Southfield Freeway.
  • Beginning at noon and ending at 3 p.m. on Saturday, the left lane of eastbound I-94 will be closed at Southfield Freeway.
  • Beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at noon on Sunday, the left two lanes of westbound I-94 will be closed at Southfield Freeway.
  • Beginning at noon and ending by 3 p.m. on Sunday, the right lane of westbound I-94 will be closed at Southfield Freeway

US-24 Business Route (Square Lake Road) in Oakland County:

  • Eastbound and westbound Square Lake Road will be reduced to a single lane between Telegraph and Woodward beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Use I-75 at 9 Mile? Look out!!

November 17, 2009

Local 4 Traffic blog by: Lauren Podell

The bulk of the 9 mile overpass re-construction begins tonight! MDOT teased us the past few weeks with a lane closure here and there but now it’s time to brace ourselves for freeway closures. Fortunately for you and me, they are nightly closure, but could create problems for evening drivers & early risers! 

What it looks like now...

The shutdowns this week are so crews can lay steel beams for the replacement bridge. “The fact that we’re already setting bridge beams in mid-November shows we’re serious about getting this bridge open by the end of the calendar year,” Morosi said.

So here is the complete schedule from The Michigan Department of Transportation:

TONIGHT 8PM – 5AM

  • All lanes of Southbound I-75 at 9 Mile CLOSE
  • An additional northbound lane during those hours.

WEDNESDAY 8PM – 5AM

  • All lanes of Southbound I-75 at 9 Mile CLOSE 
  • An additional northbound lane during those hours.

THURSDAY 9PM – 5AM 

  • All lanes of Northbound I-75 at 9 Mile

DETOURS:

  • Traffic is to be detoured using ramps at 9 Mile and the freeway’s service drive.
  • Drivers should consider alternates such as Woodward or John R

The tanker explosion!

The bridge reconstruction was ordered after a tanker caught fire under the 9 Mile Road bridge during a three-car collision in July. Bridge replacement work is expected to be finished in December. The I-75 freeway reconstruction is scheduled to begin in April and be completed in July 2010.

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Weekend Construction: 11/6 – 11/9

November 5, 2009

 

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Local 4 Traffic Blog by: Lauren Podell

 

Here it is! The complete and official list from MDOT with this weekends construction. There is a lot so read carefully, only one closure, but A LOT is happening on I-696!

You’ve been warned!!!

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I-375
In Detroit:

Southbound I-375 will be closed at Lafayette Boulevard for repair work to traffic safety devices on the ramp to westbound Jefferson Avenue. The full closure begins at 10 a.m. on Friday and will be open to traffic by 5 p.m. on Sunday. The posted detour directs exiting traffic at Lafayette to continue south on the I-375 service drive to westbound Jefferson.

I-94
In St. Clair County:

Eastbound and westbound I-94 will have a single lane closed beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday until 5 p.m. on Friday, November 20, between Gratiot and Wadhams roads.

I-696
In Macomb County:

  • Eastbound and westbound I-696 will have two lanes closed between I-94 and Hayes Road for ongoing bridge and pavement repairs. The lane closures begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday. In conjunction, the ramp from westbound I-94 to westbound I-696 will be closed during the same time frame.
  • Eastbound and westbound I-696 will have two lanes closed between Dequindre Road and Van Dyke Avenue for ongoing bridge work. The lane closures begin at 8 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday. In conjunction, the Mound Road interchange at I-696 will be closed during the same time frame.

In Oakland County:

  • Westbound I-696 will have two lanes closed from M-1 (Woodward Avenue) to Lahser Road for ongoing bridge and pavement repairs. The double lane closures begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday
  • In conjunction, the following ramps will be affected during the same time frame: The on ramp from Coolidge Road to westbound I-696 will be closed  & the on ramp from Greenfield Road to westbound I-696 will be closed.
  • The two right lanes of westbound I-696 will be closed under Halsted Road for bridge work beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday and ending by 5 a.m. on Sunday.
  • The right lane of the westbound I-696 connector to westbound I-96 will be closed for bridge work at Meadowbrook Road beginning at 7 a.m. on Sunday and ending by 5 a.m. on Monday.
  • Bridge work will result in the closure of the on ramp from southbound Orchard Lake Road to eastbound I-696, and the on ramp from northbound Orchard Lake Road to westbound I-696 beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

I-96:
In Oakland County:

The eastbound I-96 connector to eastbound I-696 will be reduced to a single lane for bridge work at Meadowbrook Road beginning at 7 a.m. on Sunday and ending by 5 a.m. on Monday.

In Detroit:

 Overrnight lane closures will reduce eastbound and westbound I-96 to a single lane between Livernois and Davison. The lane restrictions begin at 9 p.m. on Thursday and end by 5 a.m. on Friday, and again beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday and ending by 5 a.m. on Saturday.

M-59
In Oakland County:

  • Eastbound M-59 will be reduced to a single lane from Wide Track Drive to Opdyke Road beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday and ending at 11 p.m. on November 18 for ongoing road work.
  • Scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 6, and ending on Friday, November 13, the westbound M-59 exit ramp to Opdyke Road will be closed. A detour will be posted.
  • The Livernois overpass above M-59 will be closed beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday and ending at 8 p.m. on Saturday. A detour will be posted.
  • Westbound M-59 will be reduced to a single lane from Ryan to John R roads for pavement work beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday and ending by 8 p.m. on Sunday.

M-39 (Southfield Freeway)
In Detroit:

The two-right lanes of southbound M-39 will be closed at West Chicago Road for pavement repairs. The double lane closurs begin at 7 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. on Saturday. In conjunction, the on ramp from Plymouth Road to southbound M-39 will be closed during the same time frame.

Winter Storm Cleanup to be SLOW this year!

November 3, 2009
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Local 4 Traffic Blog by: Lauren Podell

raffles-city-christmasCan you believe it? Winter is right around the corner! I mean Thanksgiving is less than 4 weeks away. That means Christmas decorations are already on display at every mall in America…. and SNOW is on the brian. It won’t be long before we need to snow scrapers, defroster’s, and fleece gloves on a daily basis.  So that means MDOT and all of the counties road commissions are looking ahead to winter driving season! Specifically, the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) warns drivers that winter storm clean up this year may take longer than in past years due the agency’s reduced staff resulting from years of declining revenue.

WATCH FOR MY FULL STORY TONIGHT ON LOCAL 4 NEWS AT 6PM!

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 “In the past, we had 190 employees available to drive snowplows/salt trucks in the winter,” stated RCOC Board Chairman Richard Skarritt. “Today, we have 150. That’s a 21 percent reduction in available drivers.” ((NOT GOOD))snow-plow
 

Skarrritt added RCOC typically puts 106 snowplows/salt trucks on the road to battle a major snow or ice storm. The initial drivers can stay on the road for up to 16 hours ((wow, you thought your day was long!)) before they must rest ((for only 5 1/2 hours)), according to RCOC rules. In the past, RCOC was able to replace the initial 106 drivers with up to 84 drivers for a second 16-hour shift to continue fighting the storm or to clean up after the storm. This year, no more than 44 drivers will be available for the second shift ((ALSO, NOT GOOD)).

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“The current fiscal year (2009/10) marks the fourth straight year in which our primary source of operating funds – revenue from the state gas tax and vehicle registration fees – has declined,” Skarritt explained. “Those four years of decline follow nearly 10 years of virtually flat revenues. We’ll receive less funding in the current fiscal year than we received in 2000.”

 RCOC maintains nearly all state roads in the county on a contract basis for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). MDOT has mandated a slightly lower level of service on some non-freeway state routes.

The impacted state routes are:

  1. Woodward (M-1)
  2. Northwestern Highway (M-10)
  3.  Grand River Ave. in Farmington Hills (M-5)
  4.  Rochester Road in Rochester Hills (M-150)
  5. Auburn Road in Rochester Hills (old M-59)
  6. Square Lake Road between Telegraph and I-75 (Business Route 75)
  7. Ortonville Road (M-15) north of Dixie Highway

On the impacted routes, MDOT has instructed RCOC not to clear the roads during overtime (anytime other than the normal weekday shift of 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) except during storms or unless otherwise instructed. For these roads, MDOT mandated that RCOC clear them to the point that the road is “generally bare of ice and snow” in the wheel tracks, and then finish clearing the next regular work day. In the past, RCOC would have cleared these roads to bare pavement regardless of the time.

State routes NOT affected by this are:

  1.  I-75
  2. I-696
  3. I-96
  4. M-59
  5. I-275
  6. the freeway portion of M-10
  7. the   M-5 extension
  8. US 24 (Telegraph)
  9. M-24 (Lapeer Road)
     

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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