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MDOT halting construction projects to minimize holiday weekend traffic – FULL LIST

The Michigan Department of Transportation is lifting most lane restrictions for the Fourth of July weekend.

More than half of road and bridge projects will be on hold to ease traffic delays for holiday travelers.

MDOT said Fourth of July traffic is expected to hit its highest mark in more than a decade.

Those lane restrictions will be lifted from 3 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Tuesday on 102 of MDOT’s 144 projects across the state.

However, equipment and certain traffic configurations, like temporary shifts, may remain in place, so drivers should stay alert.

MDOT has provided a list of current project updates:

Upper Peninsula

– I-75, Chippewa County, has one lane closed in each direction under the Dafter Road bridge with a temporary concrete barrier wall.

– M-28, Gogebic County, has one lane of alternating traffic open over the Presque Isle River with a temporary traffic signal.

– M-94 in Manistique, Schoolcraft County, has a posted detour at US-2.

– US-41 in Hancock, Houghton County, has a posted detour for northbound traffic.

– US-41 in Ishpeming, Marquette County, has one lane open in each direction with a traffic shift between Third Street and Second Street.

For more information, contact MDOT Superior Region Communications Representative Dan Weingarten at 906-250-4809. Follow the Superior Region on Twitter at

Northern Lower Peninsula

– M-27, Cheboygan County, has northbound traffic detoured on I-75 and M-68.

– US-23 in Cheboygan, Cheboygan County, has one lane open with a temporary traffic signal.

For more information, contact MDOT North Region Communications Representative James Lake at 906-250-0993. Follow the North Region on Twitter at

West Michigan

– Cascade Road in Grand Rapids has one lane closed over I-96 with a traffic shift.

– I-196 in Grandville, Kent County, has the westbound ramp to M-11 (28th Street/Wilson Avenue) closed.

– M-45 (Lake Michigan Drive) in Walker, Kent County, will have lane closures in each direction between Kinney and Sunset Hills avenues.

– M-66, Ionia County, has the southbound bridge over I-96 closed with traffic shifted onto the northbound bridge.

– US-31, Ottawa County, has two lanes open in each direction between Ransom Street and Lakewood Boulevard with a traffic shift. The southbound US-31 entrance and exit ramps at I-196 Business Loop (Chicago Drive) are closed with a detour posted.

– US-131 in Grand Rapids has one southbound lane closed between Ann Street and Leonard Street. Also, the Ann Street ramp to southbound US-131 is closed, as well as the southbound US-131 exit ramp to Leonard Street.

For more information, contact MDOT Grand Region Communications Representative John Richard at 616-262-1565. Follow the Grand Region on Twitter at

Southwest Michigan

– I-94, Berrien County, has one lane closed in each direction between Stevensville and Bridgman. Also, the Red Arrow Highway ramp to westbound I-94 (Exit 16) in Bridgman is closed with a detour posted.

– I-94, Kalamazoo County, has a traffic shift in place at 40th Street. All ramps at the interchange are closed with a detour posted.

– US-12, Cass County, has a lane shift at Old M-205 for roundabout construction. Old M-205 and Five Points Road are closed with a posted detour.

– US-31, Berrien County, has one lane closed in each direction over the St. Joseph River between Niles Buchanan Road and Walton Road.

– US-131, Kalamazoo County, has one lane closed in each direction between U Avenue and I-94 in Portage. Also, the Centre Avenue ramp to northbound US-131 is closed with a detour posted.

For more information, contact MDOT Southwest Region Communications Representative Nick Schirripa at 269-208-7829. Follow the Southwest Region on Twitter at

Central Michigan and Thumb

– Taylor Road, St. Clair County, has the bridge over I-69 closed.

– I-69, Genesee County, has one lane closed in each direction under Belsay Road.

– I-69, Lapeer County, has one lane closed in each direction between Clark Road and Lake Pleasant Road.

– I-75, Saginaw County, will have traffic shifted between Dixie Highway and Hess Road.

– M-18 in Beaverton, Midland County, has southbound traffic detoured.

– M-19, Sanilac County, has one lane of alternating traffic open at the South Fork of the Cass River with a temporary traffic signal.

– M-57 in Chesaning, Saginaw County, has one lane open over the Shiawassee River with a temporary signal.

– US-10, Clare County, has one lane open over Chippewa Creek with a temporary bridge.

– US-10 Business Route/M-20, Midland County, has one lane open in each direction over Saginaw Road and Waldo Road.

Southern Michigan

– I-75, Monroe County, has two lanes open in each direction with a traffic shift between I-275 and Dixie Highway.

– I-96 in Lansing, Ingham County, has two lanes open in each direction with a traffic shift between US-127 and M-99.

– M-14 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, is closed between Main Street and the Miller Road/Maple Road interchange. A detour is posted.

– M-50/US-127 Business Route (West Avenue) in Jackson, Jackson County, is closed between Ganson Street and North Street with a detour posted.

– M-52, Washtenaw County, will have one lane maintained at Werkner Road with a temporary signal just north of Chelsea.

– M-100 north of Potterville, Eaton County, has one lane open with a temporary signal near Billwood Highway.

– US-12 in Saline, Washtenaw County, has one westbound lane open between Maple Street and Monroe Street with eastbound traffic detoured.

– US-127 in Lansing, Ingham County, has the northbound auxiliary lane closed between Grand River Avenue and Lake Lansing Road.

Metro Detroit

– Evergreen Road, Wayne County, will have one lane open in each direction over I-96.

– Larned Street in downtown Detroit will have one lane closed over I-375 for bridge work.

– I-94, Wayne County, has all ramps at Trumbull Avenue, including the eastbound service drive, closed.

– I-275, Wayne County, has all southbound lanes closed between the I-96/I-696 interchange and I-96/M-14.

– M-1 Rail work in downtown Detroit continues, with lane and shoulder closures in each direction on M-1 (Woodward Avenue), I-75, and I-94.

– M-24, Oakland County, will have lane shifts at Silver Bell and Clarkston roads.

– M-53 (Van Dyke Avenue), Macomb County, has lane closures in each direction at 16 Mile and 18 Mile roads.

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Construction Alert: Months-Long I-94 Repair Project Set To Begin Monday

A $9 million I-94 repair project set to begin on Monday could affect travel to and from Detroit Metro Airport.

The Michigan Department of Transportation says work along I-94 near the airport, between Telegraph Road and I-275 in Wayne County, will start at 8 p.m. on June 13 and should wrap up in mid-November.

Nearly 11 miles of freeway and ramps in the Romulus and Taylor area Taylor will be repaired with resurfacing, concrete pavement repairs, drainage work, and pavement markings — including the common ramps to Middle Belt Road and Merriman Road, along with Vining Road and Wayne Road.

The majority of the work will occur during overnight hours and full-time during weekends.

MDOT says overnight work on the westbound side of I-94 is expected to begin early next week, just west of Telegraph Road, and will occur between 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. the next day and around the clock on weekends.

There will be single and double-lane closures on I-94 that will sometimes leave only one lane open. The common ramps to the airport will remain open as much as possible until mid-August, when concrete repair work will close the ramps. Traffic will be detoured to an alternate airport entrance off southbound I-275 and Eureka Road.

Ten message board signs will be placed on I-94, I-275, US-24 (Telegraph Road), and M-39 to advise drivers of the road work and ramp closures.


To avoid any delays with this construction, drivers are strongly urged to use the I-275 and Eureka Road airport entrance.

If there’s a weather delay, MDOT says, work will begin on Tuesday, June 14.

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Winter Storm Terms, Driving Tips and More!

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states, while others affect only a single community. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, you should be prepared in order to remain safe during these events.

Know the Difference

Winter Storm Outlook – Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days.

Winter Weather Advisory – Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.

Winter Storm Watch – Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.

Winter Storm Warning – Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.

The Safe Winter Driving Checklist

There are several techniques you can learn in order to become a more controlled winter driver — but before we cover them, it’s important to point out that many winter driving tips are guidelines, not tenets. In order to best know how react to a swerve, it’s crucial to be familiar with your car and how it handles in a spinout. The “right way” to drive on icy or wet roads is partially going to depend on your car’s type of steering system, brake responsiveness, and tire traction.

Make sure your tires can grip slippery roads. Get your tires checked and ask the specialists about your possible traction needs. Remember that “all-season” tires are really more like “three-season” tires in a areas that get more than the occasional skiff of snow each winter. But you aren’t finished even after you’ve visited your local tire shop. You must check and maintain your tires’ psi levels regularly throughout the winter! Winter debris can cause tears and leaks and extremely cold air can drop your air pressure levels, take a few seconds to check them every week and you’re tires will keep you safer and last longer.
Give yourself a winter test drive. Before you hit the roads, make sure you understand how your car handles in certain conditions. During the first storm of the season, drive to a safe open space nearby to try out your brakes, traction and steering on icy, wet or snow-packed pavement. Not only will you have some fun sliding around, but you’ll learn how to recognize when you’re car is sliding and how to regain control once it does.
Know what to expect on your trip and plan accordingly. If you know you need to travel through especially bad wintery conditions, be sure to check for travel advisories on the DOT website first. Visit your state’s DOT website to access information and service alerts about your local weather, road conditions and traffic levels.
If you start sliding, turn slightly into the skid and pump your breaks. Once you’re already sliding, your tires have lost traction with the road. It seems counterintuitive, but in order to avoid a spinout you need to turn slightly into the skid, slowly let of the gas and start pumping the breaks. Yanking the wheel in the other direction and locking the brakes will  stop your tires from turning, but you’ll lose all hope of regaining traction with the road surface.
Slow down and relax. This is the most important rule to driving in bad conditions of any kind. And we’re not just talking about speed — you want to do everything more slowly and more lightly than you normally would. Hitting your gas pedal, clamping your breaks or cranking your wheel too quickly is a surefire way to lose traction on an icy or wet road.
Know when to quit. Sometimes road conditions are simply too dangerous to drive in. If you can’t see or you keep losing control, pull over. Never push your luck if you’re unsure. It’s not worth it to drive if you’re jeopardizing yourself, your passengers or other drivers on the road.

The Essentials of an Emergency Road Kit

Even the smartest and safest drivers get into accidents. That’s why it’s crucial to be prepared for the possibility of any kind of collision or accident that could leave you and your passengers stranded on the side of a cold and possibly dangerous road. The first step is to set aside an easily accessible duffel bag or backpack.

Inside, you will want to include common car safety items like jumper cables, a flashlight and a roadside visibility kit of either reflectors or flares. If you are stranded, a small shovel, bag of sand and a set of chains are all must-haves. If you are handy, you’ll also want a set of tools to repair minor damage and some sort of flag or ribbon to notify first responders or other drivers you are stuck. For about $30, you can buy pre-assembled winter road kits from AAA or just assemble your own according to the types of conditions you expect to face and how far you intend to drive this winter. Here’s a full list of supplies you may want to include in your kit:

Tools: jack, lug wrench, shovel
Chains or traction tires
Extra car fluids: oil, washer fluid, antifreeze
Non-clumping kitty litter, sand or de-icer
Flares, reflectors and flags
Road maps
Extra warm clothes, boots, hat and gloves
Ice scraper and snow brush
Cell phone and car adapter
Rechargeable flashlight
First aid kit
Matches or lighter
Battery jumper cables
Extra food and water
Blanket/sleeping bags
Pocket knife

Winter Car Accidents, Liability and Your Insurance

It’s difficult to predict how fault will be determined in any given accident, but it’s important for policyholders to remember insurance providers aren’t in the business of cutting you more slack just because collisions happen during the winter holiday season. Even if you can’t necessarily prevent sliding on that patch of black ice, you’ll still be held liable for any collisions that result. According to the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, you can be held liable for an accident you cause by sliding into an intersection.

During the holidays, many of us loan our cars to visiting relatives and friends to go shopping, sightseeing or visiting. So, what happens if the driver borrowing our car causes an accident with our car? Actually, insurance follows the car, not the driver. If you’ve got a standard comprehensive and collision insurance policy, it’s your insurance covering the damages. That means it’s your premiums and your risk-rating that is affected by the wreck your cousin causes in your car, regardless of if he has a policy of his own. It’s important to carefully read your policies terms on other drivers and liability before loaning out your car. Of course, the same liability standards do not apply if your car is borrowed without your permission or stolen.

Another misconception among policyholders is that coverage levels cannot change on a month to month basis. This is not true. If you have a vehicle that you don’t drive much in the winter, you can reduce a comprehensive coverage plan on this car for the winter months. In these cases, policyholders can opt to remove liability coverage, personal injury protection and collision coverage from their standard plans.

That said, if you plan on driving your car at all during the winter months, you’ll need to meet your state’s minimum coverage requirements. Be sure to contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles or your insurance agent to be sure that your coverage is adequate for your vehicle and it’s level of use.
Find Your DMV and DOT

Below you can find your local Department of Motor Vehicles and Department of Transportation. If you plan on driving during inclement weather or are considering reducing your insurance coverage, it’s in your best interest to consult with one of these departments. Remember: being informed and aware are essential steps for keeping the roads safe for everyone.

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MDOT says I-96 shutdown will happen after North American International Auto Show in January

Work on the impending I-96 project in Livonia and Redford will not begin until at least the end of January, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

MDOT spokeswoman Diane Cross said the project, which will close a seven mile stretch of the freeway through the two communities, won’t begin until after the North American International Auto Show in January.

The agency put out a news release Monday saying the shutdown wouldn’t start until after Jan. 26, the end of the auto show in downtown Detroit.

Cross said MDOT will not be able to start the construction until then because of other issues and not the auto show. MDOT will open bids by contractors Dec. 11. By the time a contractor is selected and work is ready to begin, it will be at least the end of January.

The auto show reference was used to inform people heading downtown during the two-week event that I-96 will continue to operate as usual.
Start date not related to auto show

“That decision was not made because of (the auto show),” Cross said. “One has nothing to do with the other.”

She said signs and other information will be posted to inform motorists who are unaware of the upcoming shutdown.

The $170-million project will shut down seven miles of the freeway both directions, running from Telegraph in Redford to Newburgh in Livonia. The shutdown will start early next year and run through the rest of 2014 after a vote was taken to shut the freeway down completely.

The project will reconstruct I-96 in this span, and repair or replace some 37 bridges across the freeway.

Another public meeting is expected to take place sometime early next year, but Cross said no date or location has been set yet.

A local project to help alleviate future traffic in Livonia and Redford should see completion sometime this week, Cross said. MDOT began work earlier this fall to widen the exit ramp to Six Mile off southbound I-275 to help accommodate traffic the state expects with the shutdown. Crews are wrapping up work to extend the ramp, which will provide another full lane.

“Everything is planned to be done this week,” she said.

The official detour freeways MDOT is using during the shutdown include I-696, I-94 and the Southfield Freeway.

More information on the upcoming project can be found by visiting

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