A ribbon cutting ceremony is set for Thursday at 2 p.m. to mark the completion of phase two of the Huron River Drive Road Improvement Project in New Boston.
“While the street will remain closed through the weekend to accommodate the annual Huron Township Applefest, it will re-open on schedule to the general public on Monday, Oct. 3,” said David Glaab, Huron Township supervisor.
The improvements to this stretch of Huron River Drive from the intersection at Waltz and Hannan Roads east through downtown New Boston to Kass Street include a total rebuild of Huron River Drive and its sidewalks, as well as the installation of new street lights.
Also included in the project was the removal of the utility poles and wires that clogged the downtown skyline.
The utilities were relocated underground.
“We continue to work toward enhancing walkability and pedestrian safety throughout downtown New Boston while facilitating connectivity with the Metro Parks. Additionally, a much more inviting environment has been created to strengthen existing business and to attract future economic development,” Glaab said.
Phase one of the project was completed last fall and consisted of similar improvements to Huron River Drive from the same intersection north to Huron Dental.
Two motorists passed stopped schools buses in Huron Township Friday morning, and local law enforcement is saying enough is enough.
“We certainly will be reaching out to lawmakers to see what can be done,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety. “Enough is enough.”
A Taylor resident passed a stopped bus early Friday morning near Sibley Road and Vining.
Robbins said the driver “apologized after.”
Later in the morning, a Romulus resident with an expired license plate and no proof of insurance passed a bus near Sibley and Merriman Road.
“These two are probably the most egregious yet. These were not mistakes, they didn’t even slow down. It makes me sick to my stomach to watch. You can hear people beeping horns and yelling in the video, and it makes no difference,” Robbins said.
Below is dash cam video of the drivers passing the buses.
It’s like deja vu in Huron Township with more drivers passing school buses with stop lights flashing.
Two more drivers were caught by police this week passing stopped school buses on the local roads.
One driver from Woodhaven was caught Monday morning on Sibley Road, and another driver from Dearborn flew by a stopped bus on Middle Belt Road Tuesday morning.
Here is police dash cam footage showing both drivers passing the buses:
When police asked the Dearborn resident why they didn’t stop for the bus with the lights on, she responded: “what lights?” according to Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.
“That’s two stops in two days. Hard to believe that adults would put our kids in danger to save a couple minutes. 99 out of 100 drivers would never do do this, but it would only take that one to create a tragedy,” Robbins said. “We will continue to conduct proactive enforcement and hold these drivers accountable as much as the law allows.”
Here is an update on the Huron River Drive construction project. This update was provided from Township Hall.
NOTICE – September 7, 2022
Huron River Drive Construction Phase 2
Phase 2 of the Downtown New Boston Improvement Project is progressing very well.
HRD will be closed from Kass to Violet beginning Friday, September 9, 2022. Springline will begin paving the north lane of HRD from Kass to Violet. We are anticipating paving will begin on Saturday, September 10, 2022. You will not have access to your drives for approximately a week.
The stretch of Huron River Drive from Violet to Waltz will continue to be closed until all of the road paving is completed. It is estimated to take about two weeks.
The northbound lane of Waltz will be closed in order to complete the paving of the east half of the intersection. We anticipate the paving of the intersection will begin on Monday, September 12, 2022.
Tentative Work Schedule Week of September 5:
Form and pave the north side of HRD from Kass to Violet and the east half of Waltz intersection.
Finish grading and installing the stone base on the north side of HRD from Violet to Waltz.
AT&T and Charter completed 90% of the installation of the new underground lines. They are expected to have all of the underground lines installed this week.
Tentative Work Schedule week of September 12:
DTE will begin installing the underground electrical.
Complete the paving of the north lane of HRD from Violet to Waltz.
While we apologize for any short-term inconvenience this may cause, we hope you will share our enthusiasm for much needed improvements to our roads in Downtown New Boston. If you have any questions or concerns during the project, please contact the on-site Hennessey Engineers representatives, Adam Kmiecik at (734) 365-3614 or Charles Smith at (734) 365-3553. You can also send an email to email@example.com.
During the Nov. 8 general election, Huron Township residents will see a fire department millage renewal on the ballots.
This is a renewal of the existing operating millage.
Currently, the Huron Township Fire Department has funding for 30 fire personnel with three of those positions slated for full-time paramedics.
At least one paramedic is on duty within the township 24 hours a day and supplemented by part-time paramedics, part-time EMT’s, and/or part-time firefighters.
If the millage is passed by the voters, current fire coverages and staffing levels can be maintained.
“We are very fortunate to have a well-trained, dedicated, and professional group of men and women who never fail to be there when we need them the most. As a resident myself, I know that the biggest show of support I can give them is the ability to continue serving our community by supporting this millage renewal,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety. “I would encourage anyone with questions or concerns to contact me directly. Residents can stop in to talk at the police department, call me at 734-753-4400, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org”
Here’s the ballot language:
FIRE MILLAGE RENEWAL
Shall the previous voted increase in the total tax rate limitation that may be imposed for all purposes upon property in the Charter Township of Huron, Wayne County, Michigan, as reduced to 1.9595 mills ($1.95 per $1,000 of taxable value) by the required millage rollbacks, be renewed at and increased up to the original voted 2.0051 mills ($2 per $1,000 of taxable value) for a period of twenty (20) years, the years 2023 to 2042, both inclusive, to provide funds for the operation and maintenance of the fire department; which levy will raise in the first year of the levy approximately $1,338,273. (THIS IS A RENEWAL OF FIRE MILLAGE PRESENTLY BEING LEVIED.)
A moron with a driver’s license forgot to abide by one of the most sacred rules of the roads Tuesday morning and we’re all glad they got caught.
Huron Township Police made a social media post on Tuesday letting the community know that someone passed a stopped school bus on the first day of classes.
“It took us only minutes into the first day to catch an offender passing a school bus with it’s emergency lights activated. We are following random bus routes and we will issue citations, ZERO TOLERANCE!” the department said in their post.
Here is video of the driver. How they missed the giant yellow bus, and bright flashing lights, is beyond us.
During last school year, The Huron Hub reported on multiple incidents regarding drivers passing stopped school buses.
It’s getting tiring.
A message to all drivers: don’t do it. Don’t be a moron.