MDOT awarded federal SMART grants

MDOT awarded federal SMART grants

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March 21, 2023
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MDOT awarded federal SMART grants for
Blue Water Bridge Smart Freight Corridor, transit program innovation

LANSING, Mich. – Two Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects, including the Blue Water Bridge International Smart Freight Corridor and Advancing Rural Mobility: Michigan Public Transit Open Data Standards Program, have been selected for funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program.

Aimed at providing predictable arrival and processing times for truck-borne goods movement across the Blue Water Bridge to the Port Huron Port of Entry, the smart corridor project will improve the flow of data between shipping companies, vehicles, border agencies, and infrastructure operators along this key international freight corridor. The $1.8 million SMART grant will support a pilot project to improve the movement of westbound goods across the bridge and minimize border waiting times and congestion when fully implemented.

“Currently, trucks carrying freight across the border can experience lengthy delays at peak times. This project will decrease pollution from idling vehicles and decrease supply chain costs,” said Michele Mueller, MDOT’s senior project manager for connected and automated vehicles. “In 2020, $71.5 billion in goods passed over the Blue Water Bridge, so the potential benefits to the environment, along with a reduction of transportation costs, are tremendous.”

When the project is complete, the system will be able to support pre-clearance of freight shipments and minimize queuing and backups, while maintaining data and information security.

Longer distances between jobs, education opportunities, essential services, and recreation in rural communities can be a barrier to people with low incomes, people with disabilities, older adults, children, and teenagers who may not have access to a personal vehicle or be able to drive. Public transit is available in most communities, but finding out what services are available can remain a challenge.

“The Advancing Rural Mobility Program (ARMP) seeks to provide access to real-time public transit information and improve people’s ability to plan and book transit trips in rural communities,” said Janet Geissler, mobility innovations specialist with MDOT’s Office of Passenger Transportation. “This project will help rural transit agencies create data feeds using open standards that allow the data to be shared easily and consistently. That data can be used to power such things as trip-planning apps, on-demand ride-hailing services, and MDOT’s planned statewide Mobility as a Service platform, which will help people in all areas of the state identify and access transportation options.”

ARMP was selected to receive $1.3 million from the SMART grant program. MDOT has partnered with HNTB, an infrastructure design firm, and four rural public transit agencies to pilot the program: Benzie Transportation Authority, Charlevoix County Transit, Cadillac/Wexford Transit Authority, and Roscommon County Transportation Authority.

The two MDOT SMART grants are among 59 projects across 33 states, totaling $94 million in funding for the first round of the program. The program provides funding to public sector agencies to conduct demonstration projects that use technologies and systems to improve transportation efficiency and safety.

The City of Detroit and the Road Commission for Oakland County also were selected to receive SMART grant funding.

MDOT awarded federal SMART grants

open house to discuss I-75 noise study in Oakland County

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     MEDIA CONTACT

March 21, 2023                                                                       Rob Morosi


MDOT public open house April 11 to discuss draft

I-75 noise study in Oakland County


Troy, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is hosting a public open house to discuss the draft I-75 noise study in Oakland County. Presentations and experts to answer questions will be available. If unable to attend, a pre-recorded presentation will be available after April 11 on the City of Troy website.



Interested residents

Community leaders

MDOT staff and consultants



Tuesday, April 11, 2023

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Presentations are scheduled at 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.



Troy Community Center Rooms 302 and 303

500 W. Big Beaver Rd.

Troy, MI 48084



Accommodations can be made for persons who require mobility, visual, hearing, written, or other assistance for participation. Large print materials, auxiliary aids or the services of interpreters, signers, or readers are available upon request. Please contact Orlando Curry at 517-335-4381 or complete Form 2658 for American Sign Language (ASL) located on the Title VI webpage: Requests should be made at least five days prior to the meeting date. Reasonable efforts will be made to provide the requested accommodation or an effective alternative, but accommodations may not be guaranteed.



Study background:

This study is a result of a $300,000 grant awarded to MDOT from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to conduct a traffic noise study on I-75 between 13 Mile Road and Adams Road in Oakland County. Information on the noise abatement program is available on MDOT’s website.


Public comment:

MDOT is currently seeking public input on the draft noise report. Comments can be submitted via an online comment form, e-mail, phone, and in person at the public meeting. Provide your comments by April 25, 2023.


Monica Monsma

MDOT Environmental Services Section

425 West Ottawa St.

P.O. Box 30050

Lansing, MI 48909


Automated speed enforcement in work zones

Automated speed enforcement in work zones

Revisiting a conversation about automated speed enforcement in work zones

With the introduction of a new bill in the Michigan Legislature to enable the use of automated technology to enforce speeding laws on segments of road under construction, this week’s Talking Michigan Transportation podcast reprises an episode from Aug. 30, 2022, after a similar bill was introduced last legislative session.

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TMT - Revisiting automated speed enforcement

House Bill 4132 has bipartisan sponsorship that has generated a great deal of discussion. The podcast now follows up on talks when the similar bill was discussed in the previous Legislature.

Some key points from the previous podcast:

  • In 2006, Illinois became the first state to authorize the use of automated traffic enforcement programs to enforce speed limits in highway work zones, with implementation coming a few years later. The enabling legislation provided a legal framework for photo enforcement of speed limits in highway work zones.
  • In the summer of 2022, some Michigan lawmakers, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) officials, leaders in labor organizations, and the road building industry witnessed demonstrations on Michigan freeways on how the technology works.

The podcast first featured a conversation with Juan Pava, Safety Programs Unit chief, Bureau of Safety Programs and Engineering at the Illinois Department of Transportation, about how the enforcement has worked there.

Later, Lance Binoniemi of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA), talks about why he and his members are advocating for the previous House Bill 5750, and what he learned from the demonstrations.

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Lane closures on I-94, M-19 to County Line Road through mid-March

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March 6, 2023                                                                         Diane Cross

 Lane closures on I-94 from M-19 to County Line Road through mid-May for bridge work in Macomb County

 LENOX TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Beginning 5 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, through mid-May, I-94 will have one lane open in each direction from M-19 to County Line Road for bridge work at M-19 (New Haven Road), 26 Mile Road, and County Line Road.

Previously there were multiple locations with one lane open, this will now extend the boundaries from M-19 (New Haven Road) to County Line Road.

A reminder: bridge rehabilitation work has closed County Line Road over I-94 in Macomb County for approximately two months. Only local traffic will be permitted on County Line Road between 26 Mile Road and 31 Mile Road.

Traffic will be detoured:

– Northbound County Line Road to westbound 26 Mile Road to northbound M-19 (Main Street/New Haven Road) to northbound M-19 (Gratiot Avenue) then to eastbound 31 Mile Road.

– Southbound County Line Road to westbound 31 Mile Road to southbound M-19 (Gratiot Avenue) to southbound M-19 (Main Street/New Haven Road) then to eastbound 26 Mile Road.

This work is part of a $32.5 million dollar project on I-94 from M-29 (23 Mile Road) to County Line Road which includes bridge work at six locations, traffic signal upgrades and partial ramp reconstruction at the I-94/M-19 and I-94/M-29 interchanges. Work will be completed by late fall. 

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Westbound I-696 closing from US-24 to I-275 this weekend 

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February 23, 2023                                                                    Diane Cross


 Reminder: I-696 project gets under way with westbound I-696 closing from US-24 (Telegraph Road) to I-275 this weekend 

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. ­– The I-696 Rebuilding Michigan project will require a complete closure this weekend to prepare for a traffic shift which will have both directions of I-696 sharing the westbound side.

Beginning 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, through 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, westbound I-696 from US-24 (Telegraph Road) to I-275 will close to prepare the freeway for setting up the traffic shift. The detour is westbound I-696 to southbound US-24 (Telegraph Road) to westbound M-102 (8 Mile Road) to northbound M-5 (Grand River Avenue) to northbound I-275.

Once it reopens 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, through late fall, westbound I-696 from US-24 (Telegraph Road) to I-275 will have two lanes open. The Orchard Lake Road ramp to westbound I-696 will remain closed through late fall.

Beginning Friday, March 10, through late fall, eastbound I-696 from I-275 to US-24 (Telegraph Road) will have traffic shifted onto the westbound side with two lanes open in each direction.

Project information:

This $275 million project includes rebuilding the roadway from the base up, including storm sewer replacement work and rebuilding ramps at Orchard Lake Road, American Drive, Franklin Road, M-10 (Northwestern Highway), and US-24 (Telegraph Road).

During 2023 eastbound I-696 will be rebuilt from I-275 to Evergreen Road. Westbound lanes will be rebuilt in 2024. Project details can be found at

Funding for this project is made possible by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Rebuilding Michigan program to rebuild the state highways and bridges that are critical to the state’s economy and carry the most traffic. The investment strategy is aimed at fixes that result in longer useful lives and improves the condition of the state’s infrastructure.

Based on economic modeling, this $275 million investment is expected to directly and indirectly support 3,500 jobs.

Automated speed enforcement in work zones

Lt. Gov. Gilchrist shares optimism for I-375 conversion

Celebrating Black History Month, Lt. Gov. Gilchrist shares optimism for I-375 conversion

On part II of special Black History Month editions of the Talking Michigan Transportation, Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist talks about the importance of the project to convert the I-375 depressed freeway to an at-grade boulevard, reconnecting neighborhoods.

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TMT - Celebrating Black History Month

As a child growing up near those neighborhoods, and hearing the stories of relatives who recalled the razing of black-owned homes and businesses in the name of urban renewal, Gilchrist has personal reasons to be excited about the future, which he’s discussed previously.

In September, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg joined Gilchrist, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and others to formally award the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) a nearly $105 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to boost the project.

Gilchrist also underscores the social and environmental justice components of the I-375 project and how the same principles apply to developing the intermodal facility and rethinking Michigan Avenue.

Later, Gilchrist talks about a major economic development announcement this week that he participated in with Gov. Whitmer as Ford Motor Co. unveiled plans for a $3.5 billion electric vehicle battery plant in Marshall, Michigan.