Monthslong lane closures coming to U.S. 131 near Big Rapids
BIG RAPIDS, MI – Lane closures and intermittent ramp closures will hit U.S. 131 near Big Rapids starting Monday, July 11, and lasting through late September. The closures are part of the Michigan Department of Transportation’s $6.6 million to rebuild more than six miles of U.S. 131 between 13 Mile Road and 19 Mile Road in Mecosta County. The work includes resurfacing, drainage improvements and new guardrails. MDOT officials say the work, which will begin Monday, is expected to last through late September. The project will make the interstate a safer and smoother driving surface and extend the service life of the roadway, according to MDOT officials.mlive.com
Portage Road lane closures coming next week as work on I-94 bridge continues
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Road closures on Portage Road continue next week for ongoing construction work on I-94. Beginning Monday, Dec. 27, daily lane closures of Portage Road will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather dependent, according to a news release from the City of Portage. The closures are part of the Michigan Department of Transportation’s improvements of I-94 over Portage Road, the release said. The same stretch of Portage Road was closed Dec. 17 while construction crews worked on bridge beams on I-94. Motorists are advised to stay alert through the construction zone and may wish to seek an alternate route.mlive.com
I-75 lane and ramp closures begin Monday, March 8, in Oakland County
Lane and ramp closures will begin at 7 a.m. Monday, March 8, on I-75 for punch list items and sound wall construction in the city of Troy, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). MDOT says the following restrictions will be in place:Only the left lane will be open on northbound I-75 at Big Beaver Road as crews work on repairing a drainage connection. Northbound ramp traffic will be detoured to the Crooks Road/ Corporate Drive interchange while southbound ramp traffic will be directed to Rochester Road . Northbound I-75 will have two lanes open near Wattles Road as crews build a new sound wall. The lane closures are expected to remain in place until mid-April.
Snow in Metro Detroit: List of closures, cancelations, postponements
DETROIT – Here we are tracking closures, cancelations and postponements due to the snow Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 in Metro Detroit. There are school closures, municipal building closures, and in the COVID era we now have rescheduled vaccination appointments (if you are having trouble viewing the list, click here):
U-M: Michigan’s strict public health measures likely saved lives during holidays
ANN ARBOR – Researchers at the University of Michigan said that the state’s “Pause to Save Lives” mandate in mid-November likely saved thousands of lives during the holiday season. According to preliminary findings by the School of Public Health, the measures over Thanksgiving and Christmas might have prevented more than 100,000 cases of COVID-19 across the state. That translates to 2,800 lives saved based on the state’s fatality rate of 2.6%. They also determined that government response measures, including closures, public health efforts and economic supports, had an impact on case prevention. Michigan had the lowest amount of coronavirus cases in the Midwest over the holiday season.
Serious crash shuts down southbound lanes of Lodge Freeway
DETROIT – A serious collision shut down the southbound lanes of the Lodge Freeway in Detroit Sunday night. Video from the scene shows at least two vehicles were involved near Chicago Boulevard. It’s unknown when the southbound lanes will reopen. Police have not released further details at the time.
I-75 to reopen lanes in December in Oakland County
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – I-75 in Oakland County has been full of orange barrels since March but now with vehicles traveling on the correct aide of the freeway, crews are gearing to wrap up for the winter. The project is right on schedule and all lanes are expected to be open by December. While it’s called a modernization project, it’s more than making the freeway look modern. After the seasonal shutdown, construction is scheduled to start back up in March, which is when they will work on the south side of I-75 from I-696 to Eight Mile Road. You can follow I-75 modernization updates via the Twitter profile embedded below:
Popular Halloween attraction in Grosse Pointe Farms closes due to storm damages
GROSSE POINTE FARMS, Mich. – A popular haunted house in Grosse Pointe Farms was hit with a double whammy this year -- in addition to coronavirus complicating things, a summer storm did serious damage to the property. Just not the ones they got early this summer when a storm blew through, uprooted a tree and sent it it crashing in the Williams' house and the attractions for this year’s Haunted Garage. Each year the proceeds from the garage go to Grosse Pointe schools, where Williams was a gym teacher. Williams didn’t want to give away the plans for next year other than he’ll have a big new attraction coming for 2021. More information can be found on the Haunted Garage Production website here.
Driver ejected as vehicle drives off overpass onto Davison Freeway service drive
DETROIT – Michigan State Police troopers are investigating a fatal crash that happened Sunday on the eastbound ramp from the Davison Freeway to I-75. Police said the driver lost control of the vehicle just after 5 p.m. and struck the right wall, causing the vehicle to go over the overpass and land on the Davison Freeway service drive to I-75. Police said the driver was ejected as the vehicle went off the overpass. The driver, a 25-year-old man from Detroit, was pronounced dead at the scene. The ramp from eastbound Davison Freeway to I-75 and the service drive were closed for several hours during the investigation but have since reopened.
Please shelter in place -- Authorities battle gas tanker truck fire in Bloomfield Township
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. A gasoline tanker truck caught fire Saturday on Square Lake Road near Opdyke Road in Bloomfield Township. According to Bloomfield Township Police, the area -- including parts of I-75 -- have been shut down due to the fire. Hazmat teams were called to the area. Police Tweeted that residents in the area are urged to shelter in place and to call 911 immediately if they feel ill.
I-75 closing for the weekend between Eight Mile, Square Lake roads
DETROIT If youre headed north this weekend or down to Detroit, there is a freeway closure you need to be warned about. As we navigate through this strange time, we also have to continue to navigate through the 75 construction. The bad news is the freeway will be closed this weekend, the good news is despite the pandemic, the project is still on track. The closure affects 75 in both directions between 8 mile and Square Lake. While the pandemic has caused a decrease in traffic volumes on I-75, that hasnt necessarily sped up the projectAll the lesser traffic volumes especially early in the spring allowed for a safer work zone, said Morosi.
Westbound I-94 closed at Mount Elliot Street, Van Dyke for shooting investigation
DETROIT The Police are investigating a shooting that occurred Sunday night on I-94 in Detroit. According to authorities, at about 8:45 p.m., a 22-year-old man from Hamtramck was driving erratically on I-94 before pulling over in a construction zone, blocking traffic. A witness stopped to render aid and called police. Police said the victim had been shot multiple times and was rushed to a hospital with serious injuries. It is unknown when I-94 will reopen.
Frank Murphy Hall of Justice to close Monday afternoon for demonstration
DETROIT According to city officials, the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice will close at 1 p.m. Monday, for a scheduled demonstration on the courthouse steps. Authorities said any afternoon hearings or other matters that are scheduled after 1 p.m. will be rescheduled and other divisions of the Third Circuit Court will be open for normal operations.
Hopcat permanently closes Royal Oak location, seeks to reopen elsewhere
ROYAL OAK, Mich. Craft beer bar and restaurant chain Hopcat confirmed the permanent closure of its Royal Oak location on Wednesday. Hopcat founder Mark Sellers told Eater Detroit that the location is permanently closing over disagreements with the landlord. It is with heavy heart that we announce the closure of our HopCat - Royal Oak location. We will be seeking a new location in Royal Oak so we can resume serving this awesome community in the future.Officials say they are looking to reopen the restaurant at a new location in the city in the future. Hopcats Royal Oak location has been closed since March amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.