Ongoing bridge work requires closing I-75

Ongoing bridge work requires closing I-75

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2021

 

CONTACT: Rob Morosi, MDOT Office of Communications, 248-483-5107, MorosiR@Michigan.gov

 

Reminder: Ongoing bridge work requires closing I-75

this weekend in Oakland County

 

Fast facts:

– Both directions of I-75 will be closed between I-696 and M-102 (8 Mile Road) starting at 11 p.m. Friday and ending by 5 a.m. Monday.  

– During the closure, all traffic will be detoured to M-1 (Woodward Avenue).

– 14 Mile Road closes under I-75 Friday morning for ongoing interchange work.     

 

April 14, 2021 — Weather permitting, overpass replacement will require both directions of I-75 to be closed between M-102 (8 Mile Road) and I-696. The weekend closure is needed to allow crews to safely set bridge beams on the Highland Avenue pedestrian bridge in the city of Hazel Park.

The weekend closure will begin at 11 p.m. Friday, April 16, and ends by 5 a.m. Monday, April 19. In addition, both directions of I-75 will be down to one lane between I-696 and 14 Mile Road.

Prior to both freeway closures, crews will begin closing ramps at 9 p.m. and start freeway lane closures at 10 p.m. All ramps to northbound I-75 will be closed from Davison Freeway to 9 Mile Road. All ramps to southbound I-75 will be closed from 14 Mile to 9 Mile roads.

During the closure, northbound I-75 traffic will be detoured west on 8 Mile Road to northbound M-1 (Woodward Avenue), then eastbound I-696 back to northbound I-75. Southbound I-75 traffic will use westbound I-696 to southbound M-1, then eastbound 8 Mile Road back to southbound I-75.

Further north, both directions of 14 Mile Road under I-75, and all interchange ramps, will close for work on the diverging diamond interchange. The closure begins at 7 a.m. Friday, April 16, and ends at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 19. Upon opening 14 Mile Road and all ramps, the left lane on both eastbound and westbound 14 Mile Road will remain closed through mid-summer as crews await equipment arrival needed to complete the required signal installation.

Follow I-75 modernization progress on the web at www.Modernize75.com, or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Modernize75 or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Modernize75.

Adopt-A-Highway litter pickup in Michigan begins April 17

Adopt-A-Highway litter pickup in Michigan begins April 17

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2021 

CONTACT: Dan Weingarten, MDOT Office of Communications, 906-250-4809
                      WeingartenD@Michigan.gov

First Adopt-A-Highway litter pickup in Michigan
begins April 17

Fast facts:
– The first Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Adopt-A-Highway pickup of the year is April 17-25 for the southern half of the Lower Peninsula.
– Pickups for the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula will be from May 1 to May 9.
– Sections of highway are still available to adopt. Go to www.Michigan.gov/AdoptAHighway for more information.
– MDOT requires all Adopt-A-Highway volunteers to wear a mask outdoors when they are unable to consistently maintain a distance of 6 feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household.

April 12, 2021 — Volunteers will fan out out across lower Michigan to give state highway roadsides their annual spring-cleaning beginning Saturday as groups in the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program pick up litter from April 17 to 25.

The first AAH pickup for the northern Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula will be later, from May 1 to 9, when spring has had more time to set in.

“Our thousands of Adopt-A-Highway volunteers deserve thanks for helping to save taxpayer dollars while keeping Michigan roadsides clean,” said State Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba. “Their community spirit and pride make a huge difference. We ask all motorists to keep an eye out for these volunteers and drive cautiously during the pickup periods.”

Volunteers pick up litter three times each year. Statewide, there will be a summer pickup from July 17 to 25 and a fall pickup from Sept. 25 to Oct. 3.

The AAH program began in Michigan in 1990. Today, around 2,900 groups have adopted more than 6,000 miles of state highway. In a typical year, these volunteers collect 60,000 to 70,000 bags of trash annually, an estimated $5 million value for the state. Last year was anything but typical, though. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the first pickup of 2020 was cancelled. While the summer and fall pickups went forward with COVID precautions in place, groups collected around 20,000 bags of trash. Organizers speculate the numbers were down because fewer groups were able to participate, not necessarily because there was less trash on the highways.

AAH groups wear high-visibility, yellow-green safety vests required by federal regulations when working within a highway right of way. MDOT provides free vests and trash bags, and arranges to haul away the trash. Volunteers include members of various civic groups, businesses and families. Crew members have to be at least 12 years old, and each group must number at least three people. MDOT requires all AAH volunteers to wear a mask outdoors when they are unable to consistently maintain a distance of 6 feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household.

Sections of highway are still available for adoption. Groups are asked to adopt a section for at least two years. AAH signs bearing a group’s name are posted along the stretch of adopted highway. There is no fee to participate.

Several landfills in southwestern Michigan are also chipping in to help the AAH program. Westside Landfill in St. Joseph County, C&C Landfill in Calhoun County, Orchard Hill Landfill in Berrien County, Southeast Berrien County Landfill near Niles, and Republic Services Gembrit Circle Transfer Station in Kalamazoo have all agreed to accept trash generated by the three annual AAH pickups at no charge. In exchange, these businesses receive a sign recognizing their support.

For more information, go to www.Michigan.gov/AdoptAHighway.

MDOT: President Biden’s infrastructure plan

MDOT: President Biden’s infrastructure plan

President Biden’s infrastructure plan — some history and context

Listen now: https://talkingmitransportation.buzzsprout.com/1374205/8304706-president-biden-s-infrastructure-plan-some-history-and-context

On this week’s Talking Michigan Transportation, a conversation with Andy Doctoroff about his op-ed published in the Detroit Free Press examining President Biden’s American Jobs Plan in the context of historic investments in U.S. infrastructure.

Audio player for TMT, Season 3 Episode 52

On this week’s Talking Michigan Transportation, a conversation with Andy Doctoroff about his op-ed published in the Detroit Free Press examining President Biden’s American Jobs Plan in the context of historic investments in U.S. infrastructure.

Doctoroff, who has made previous appearances on the podcast in his capacity as the governor’s office’s point person on work to build the Gordie Howe International Bridge, teaches a class he developed on infrastructure at the University of Michigan Law School. He talks about how his research for the class informed his column, which recounts the early resistance in our nation’s capitol to central government investments in “internal improvements” and explains the evolution over time in thinking.

Acknowledging the challenges President Biden faces, Doctoroff writes: “Never has a Congress as closely divided as this one is, in a country so polarized, passed a major piece of infrastructure legislation. … Congressional enactment of the Biden administration’s American Jobs Plan would, in one unprecedented stroke, reverse the United States’ centuries-long and rarely interrupted history of underfunding public works.”

Other references:

  • The 2021 “report card” issued by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • Forbes commentary on President Lincoln’s inspiration for President Biden on an infrastructure plan.
  • A 2019 report from the U.S. House Committee on the Budget was based on hearings with several experts concluding the U.S. spends far too little on infrastructure.

Listen now at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1374205.

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Ongoing bridge work requires closing I-75

Bridge and road work requires closing I-75

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2021

 

CONTACT: Rob Morosi, MDOT Office of Communications, 248-483-5107, MorosiR@Michigan.gov

 Bridge and road work requires closing I-75

on consecutive weekends in Oakland County

 Fast facts:

– Both directions of I-75 will be closed between I-696 and M-102 (8 Mile Road) 11 p.m. Friday, April 9 – 5 a.m. Monday, April 12, and 11 p.m. Friday, April 16 – 5 a.m. Monday, April 19, for bridge and road work.  

– By 5 a.m. Monday, April 12, all traffic will be maintained on the northbound lanes.  

 April 7, 2021 — Weather permitting, bridge demolition and beam setting will require both directions of I-75 to be closed between 8 Mile Road and I-696. The consecutive weekend closures are needed to allow crews to safely demolish the Browning Avenue pedestrian bridge and set bridge beams on the Shevlin Avenue vehicular bridge and Highland Avenue pedestrian bridge in the city of Hazel Park. In addition, crews will shift all I-75 traffic between 8 Mile Road and I-696 to the rebuilt northbound lanes, and open the northbound I-75 exit to 9 Mile/John R. Road by 5 a.m. Monday, April 12.

The first weekend closure will begin at 11 p.m. Friday, April 9, and end by 5 a.m. Monday, April 12. The following weekend, the freeway closure begins at 11 p.m. on Friday, April 16, and ends by 5 a.m. Monday, April 19.

Prior to both freeway closures, crews will begin closing ramps at 9 p.m. and start freeway lane closures at 10 p.m. All ramps to northbound I-75 will be closed from Davison Freeway to 9 Mile Road. All ramps to southbound I-75 will be closed from 14 Mile to 9 Mile roads.

During the closure, northbound I-75 traffic will be detoured west on 8 Mile Road to northbound M-1 (Woodward Avenue), then eastbound I-696 back to northbound I-75. Southbound I-75 traffic will use westbound I-696 to southbound M-1, then eastbound 8 Mile Road back to southbound I-75.

Follow I-75 modernization progress on the web at www.Modernize75.com, or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Modernize75 or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Modernize75.

MDOT: President Biden’s infrastructure plan

MDOT: Is Infrastructure Week more than a punchline?

Is Infrastructure Week about to be more than a punchline? 

Listen now: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1374205/8238998

On this week’s edition of the Talking Michigan Transportation podcast, analysis and speculation about what President Biden is likely to include in his much-anticipated proposal to address the nation’s inadequate and crumbling infrastructure.

I-beam placement at 9 Mile over I-75 in Metro Region.

Lloyd Brown, director of communications for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), returns to the podcast to talk about what he’s hearing.

Will “Infrastructure Week” move from punchline to serious discussion with results? The Biden administration signaled an intention to roll out tangible ideas, indicating with Monday’s announcement to expand offshore wind turbines that infrastructure means more than roads and bridges.

We know U.S. Department of Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg has been working a lot of rooms, speaking with Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike. That plays to his strength as a collegial broker and strong communicator. And as a policy wonk, there is no doubt he’s quickly getting up to speed on the issues. Is this too much pressure?

In an interview with CNBC, Sec. Pete talked about why infrastructure offers a solid return on investment.

Other links and references from this week’s show: 

– Forbes on what we know now about the president’s plan.
– Roll Call on a discussion about restoring earmarks.
– The Wall Street Journal (subscription) on the president’s push for offshore wind projects.

Listen now at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1374205.

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SMART launches SMART Flex, first on-demand transit service

SMART launches SMART Flex, first on-demand transit service

SMART launches SMART Flex, Detroit’s first on-demand transit service with Via

SMART Flex will extend access to public transit and provide trips to vaccine centers across the Detroit Metro area through a mobile app

Detroit – SMART, in partnership with Via, the leader in TransitTech, announces a first-of-its-kind mobility solution for Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties that will transform the way residents are able to access public transit. This week SMART began to operate its on-demand public transit service, called SMART Flex which will complement and extend the reach of convenient service in its existing transit system.

“SMART is taking several giant steps forward with the introduction of the Flex service, it helps to better meet the varying transit needs across the region with quick, affordable service,” said Kahlil Rahal, Chairman, SMART Board of Directors and Wayne County Deputy County Executive. “The new SMART Flex service in Dearborn, Troy and the Hall Road corridor is a flexible, technology based, vital transit service that helps people to easily move around to get to the places they need to go.”

Cities across the globe like Berlin, Miami, and Seattle rely on digitally-enabled transit solutions to create flexible, equitable, and resilient public transportation networks. SMART Flex is the Authority’s first venture into microtransit, and will strengthen a comprehensive transit network across the region by encouraging first-and-last mile connections to existing bus routes including SMART’s successful FAST service. The service will also facilitate local trips to hospitals, universities, and commercial destinations.

Using the SMART Flex mobile app, anyone within the zones, including residents and workers in Dearborn, Troy, and the Hall Road corridor between Utica and New Baltimore will be able to hail a vehicle directly from their smartphone or by calling the call center at (734) 212-8429. Via’s advanced algorithms create quick and efficient trips by matching passengers and vehicles together in real time, and directing riders to a nearby “virtual bus stop” for pick up and drop off. The service will offer wheelchair-accessible vehicles and offer door-to-door service for those with limited mobility. SMART is hosting community events this week to increase awareness of the new service in each of the three areas.

“The launch of SMART Flex is a pivotal moment for transit in the Metro Detroit area,” said Daniel Ramot, Via CEO and co-founder. “A technology-enabled mobility solution will enhance and extend the strong transit network that SMART has already established, and offer a new way for residents to access critical opportunities across the region.”

SMART Flex will offer microtransit trips from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. Rides start at $2, with a maximum price of $8, depending on distance. Payment can be made by credit card or with Dart or SMART Passes. The SMART Flex app is available in English and Arabic. When a rider combines both SMART fixed route service and SMART Flex to complete their trip, the first $2 of the ride are included as part of the fixed route total fare – providing more convenient service as part of a fixed route trip.

SMART Vax Transportation Eliminates Transit as a barrier for Vaccinations
Technology-enabled transit allows the service to be flexible, and allows SMART to make informed decisions throughout the duration of this initiative based on the changing needs of the community. As a result, SMART decided to launch free rides to-and-from vaccination sites in Metro Detroit starting on March 10th, without the need for a private vehicle. Trips to vaccine centers are door-to-door, and are available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This offering is in addition to the microtransit service. SMART was able to use Via’s flexible transit platform to adjust and expand the SMART Flex service area for vaccination trips as more vaccine sites open throughout the region. To date, SMART has directly provided more than 500 rides for residents to get their vaccination helping to eliminate transit as a barrier.

The microtransit service is an added transit service that will help SMART’s effort, as a transit provider, to ensure a ride is available for anyone in the region to get vaccinated.

“SMART is excited to launch SMART Flex in these three zones across our region to start the next innovation in public transportation” said Robert Cramer, Deputy General Manager of SMART. “This service builds on SMART’s most successful and convenient fixed routes to provide convenient service across these entire zones.”

Via works with more than 200 partners in over 20 countries to help connect more people to transit, including Green Bay Metro, Columbus Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), and Sydney’s Transport for New South Wales

About SMART:
Serving residents since 1967, SMART is southeast Michigan’s regional public transportation provider, offering convenient, reliable and safe transportation for Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties. SMART fixed route, small bus and the new Flex on-demand services connect people to employment and educational institutions, medical appointments and shopping centers. For routes and fare information, and COVID-19 Updates, visit smartbus.org.

About Via:
Founded in 2012, Via pioneered the TransitTech category by using new technologies to power public mobility systems, optimizing networks of dynamic shuttles, buses, wheelchair accessible vehicles, school buses, and autonomous vehicles around the globe. Building the world’s most efficient, equitable, and sustainable transportation network for all riders — including those with limited mobility, those without smartphones, and unbanked populations — Via works with its partners to lower the cost of public transit and provide accessible options that rival the convenience of a personal car at a much reduced environmental impact. At the intersection of transportation and technology, Via is a visionary market leader that combines software innovation with sophisticated service design and operational expertise to fundamentally improve the way the world moves, with 200 global partners on six continents, and counting.