Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Freeway roadsides in the Metro Detroit area are scheduled for cleanup in mid-April.
Volunteers will give local freeway roadsides some TLC this month in Southeastern Michigan. As part of the Michigan Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway program, the helpers--wearing bright vests as a safety precaution--will pick up trash from April 13 to 21. It is the first of other scheduled cleanups across the state. "The spirit of Adopt-A-Highway volunteers is Pure Michigan," State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle said in a prepared statement. "They keep our roadsides looking great, and help MDOT direct its limited resources to fixing our roads." Volunteers in the program saved the state an estimated $5.6 million by collecting 65,000 bags of trash in 2012. MDOT provides yellow-green safety vests and trash bags while also …
Monday, March 11, 2013
The restrictions apply to Michigan Avenue, Telegraph Road, Ford Road, the Southfield Freeway and I-94 in the Dearborn area.
Starting Monday, March 11, weight restrictions will be imposed on all state trunkline highways in the Lower Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Transportation announced in a release. The weight restrictions will apply to state routes with M, I or US designations from the southern Michigan border north to and including the Mackinac Bridge. This includes Michigan Avenue (US-12), Telegraph Road (US-24), Ford Road (M-153), the Southfield Freeway (M-39) and I-94 in the Dearborn area. More: See any potholes around Dearborn? Put them on our interactive map. According to the County Roads Association, weight restrictions help ease the stress caused to Michigan roads during the spring. "Seasonal weight restrictions were enacted in order to help …
Here's how to report them so they can be fixed, how to tell your neighbors about them and how to (possibly) get paid back for the damage they cause.
The average Michigan motorist pays $357 annually in unnecessary vehicle repairs due to poor roads, according to an April 2012 report by the national transportation research group TRIP. According to TRIP, bad roads in total cost Michigan drivers $2.5 billion per year in extra vehicle repairs. More: How to report potholes in Dearborn In late January, Patch readers noted some bad potholes at Monroe Street near Michigan Avenue, the east Michigan Avenue bridge over the Rouge River, and the ramp from east Rotunda onto Greenfield. Are those still the worst spots in town? Help friends and neighbors avoid the big ones by locating the offending holes on the map above (just hit the "Add" button). And if your vehicle has been damaged by a pothole, a …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Residents are encouraged to comment on the region’s long-term transportation plan.
Friday, January 11
As part of its public outreach efforts in developing Southeast Michigan’s 2040 Regional Transportation Plan, SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, has released the fifth in a series of videos about the region’s transportation system. View the video—The Inside Story on Safety—at www.semcog.org. Also on that same web page is a short survey related to the video about safety in the region. “The transportation system impacts all of us and safety is a key component. Much has been done to try to decrease traffic crashes in recent years,” explains Carmine Palombo, SEMCOG Plan Implementation. “Each video is intended to deliver important messages about our transportation system and outline the challenges we face in developing the …