Posts Tagged ‘Detroit’

Major delays are here until May

April 21, 2009

heather-zara-headshot7Local 4 Blog by Heather Zara

Good Morning. A warning to drivers that head East on I-96 towards the I-696/I-275/M-5 Interchange: Don’t hop on the freeway- unless you want to sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic for an extra 20-30 minutes during rush hour.

There are lane shifts and a single lane closure on I-96 between Beck and M-5. That’s where the slow downs begin but the real backups are because of what’s happening on I-696, further east of I-96.

Construction Break Down

  • 2 lanes are blocked on I-696 between Drake and I-275 in both directions
  • EASTBOUND backups have been worse (commuters coming from the west drive to Southfield, Royal Oak, Warren and Detroit)
  • Expect to move at speeds around 10-15 MPH for an extended period of time and 20-30 minute delays to your travel time
  • This construction is expected to last until mid-May

Alternate Routes 

  • Use Grand River or the Mile Roads
  • If you are heading West on I-696 in an attempt to get to I-96: Try using Telegraph to 12 Mile, to M-5, back to I-96

Pack your patience, friends. This one is going to be rough. Follow us on Twitter @Local4News and @HeatherZara. See you tomorrow on Local 4 News Morning. Have a great day and leave extra early, I-96 Eastbounders!



Your Final 4cast

April 2, 2009

heather-zara-headshot2Good Morning! The Final 4 festivities are right around the corner. That means a lot of positive exposure for our city, a lot of fun around town and let’s not forget… a lot more traffic.

I don’t think anyone is complaining though. I for one, will welcome the congestion with open arms though. After all, it is the BIG DANCE!  🙂

Here is a heads up on some of the events planned for tomorrow, Friday April 3rd. Plan on leaving a little early if you need to travel through the area along I-75, I-375, M-10 or the surface streets in Detroit.

Final 4 teams practice at Ford Field

  • Open to the public
  • Gates open at 11am
  • 1st practice is at noon
  • Last practice is at 4pm
  • Each team gets one hour of court time

College All Star Game at Ford Field

  • 2 teams of players from around the NCAA will go head to head
  • Game time is at 4:35pm
  • Event is FREE

AT&T Block Party

  • Free concerts all along the Riverfront downtown in Detroit
  • 11am-10:30pm

Celebrity/Media All Star Charity Game

  • Your favorite TV and Radio media members and personalities duke it out in this exciting game for a good cause
  • Tip off is at noon at Cobo Center
  • Local 4’s Rhonda Walker, Devin Scillian and Rod Meloni are playing and our very own morning show Director, Randy Henry, is coaching
  • You won’t want to miss this!

Check us out on Twitter too @Local4News and @HeatherZara to find out what’s happening and where we’re headed next!

Construction in Detroit and Dearborn

March 23, 2009

heather-zara-headshot15Local 4 Blog by Heather Zara

Good Monday Morning. All of the closures from this weekend are officially behind us, but the road work is just begining here in the Detroit area. In Detroit, the lane closures along I-75 are coming to an end today, but not before a couple of slowdowns… and inn Dearborn you can expect lane and ramp closures for the months ahead.


Lane closures: Today at 9am through mid-April

  • Eastbound US-12 (Michigan Avenue) will be reduced to 3 lanes between Elm Street and M-39 (Southfield Freeway).
  • Westbound US-12 (Michigan Avenue) will be reduced to 3 lanes between American Drive and Evergreen Road.

Ramp closures: Today at 9am through early November

  • The EB US-12 ramp to northbound Evergreen Road will be closed
  • The southbound Evergreen Road ramp to EB US-12 will be closed
  • Use Outer Drive or Ford Road to get around ramp closures


Midday construction today from 9:30am-2pm

  • Southbound I-75 between I-94 and Warren Avenue will be down to just one lane
  • ALL lanes will reopen by 2pm this afternoon
  • Use M-8 The Davison and M-10 The Lodge to avoid the congestion 
  • (This stretch is currently down to 2 lanes until 9:30am)
Have a great day and see you on Local 4 News Morning tomorrow starting at 5am. Don’t forget to check us out on Twitter @HeatherZara and @Local4News.
Oh, and GO GREEN!  😉