MDOT: “Expect major delays during the next two to three weeks.”
Posted by The Huron Hub | Nov. 22, 2022
The I-275 project is beginning preparations to switch traffic onto the newly built lanes of southbound I-275 from 6 Mile Road to Eureka Road.
Crews will be working on 20 entrance/exit ramps and move barrier wall along 14 miles of the work zone.
The work is weather dependent.
Expect major delays during the next two to three weeks.
Scope of the work:
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23
The southbound I-275 ramp to eastbound I-96 will be closed to allow crews to safely remove the concrete barrier wall at the ramp and remove and add pavement markings. Detours: take the Ann Arbor Road ramp, then go north on I-275 to eastbound I-96 or take westbound M-14 to Sheldon Road to reach eastbound M-14/I-96.
7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29
Southbound I-275 will be open but all entrance and exit ramps between 6 Mile Road and Eureka Road will be closed for two to three hours at a time, with the potential of multiple ramps closed at the same time. Drivers will need to plan extra time or take alternative routes. This includes work at I-96/M-14 and I-94.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30
Southbound I-275 will have one lane open from 6 Mile Road to Eureka Road while crews shift traffic onto the newly rebuilt lanes. All entrance ramps onto southbound I-275 will have closures for approximately an hour at a time. Michigan State Police will be assisting with these closures. Expect major delays.
5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 – mid-December
Southbound I-275 will have one lane open from 5 Mile Road to Eureka Road and access at all ramps. Expect delays on I-275.
6:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 – mid-December
Northbound I-275 will have one lane open from Eureka Road to I-96/M-14 and access at all ramps.
Having one lane open in each direction will allow crews to move approximately 4,000 concrete barrier sections from one side of the road onto the new concrete to accommodate shared traffic.
Mid-December – Spring 2023
Northbound and southbound I-275 will have two lanes open in each direction on the newly built side with access at all ramps.
Press release posted by The Huron Hub | Nov. 22, 2022
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) is prepared to welcome nearly 4 million travelers this holiday season, an increase of more than 15 percent compared to last year. During the Thanksgiving travel period (Nov. 18 – 27), more than 800,000 passengers are expected. More than 1.3 million travelers are estimated to pass through DTW during the Christmas and New Year’s travel period (Dec. 18 – Jan. 2).
“Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport will be bustling with travelers this holiday season,” said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Chad Newton. “This will be our busiest holiday travel period since 2019 and we’re ready. We strive to exceed our customers’ expectations each day. The holidays are not any different. Everyone—from our airlines and federal security partners to our janitorial team, concessionaires, and Airport Authority staff—will do our best to make the travel experience as enjoyable as possible.”
This year, DTW completed the final phase of the multi-year, nearly $21 million Evans Terminal Dining Redevelopment Project with the opening of Outback Steakhouse. Customers are encouraged to enjoy the mix of local and national brand restaurants, as well as shop at the terminal’s unique retail locations while they wait for their flights. Visitors to the McNamara Terminal can enjoy the concessions there as well, while taking in the holiday music playing in the tunnel connecting Concourse A to Concourses B and C. Local musicians will also perform holiday favorites live in Concourse A on select days in December. The DTW Dogs Pet Therapy program launched earlier this year. Certified therapy dogs will be walking both terminals lifting spirits and the Airport Ambassadors will be assisting customers who need help navigating the airport.
While the DTW team will be prepared, travelers can also prepare for their trip to the airport by keeping a few tips in mind. Apply for the DTW Destination Pass to spend more time with your loved ones. Non-ticketed visitors can enter the post-security side of the Evans and McNamara terminals by participating in the DTW Destination Pass program. Anyone wishing to greet family and friends at their gate or wait with them until their flight departs can apply for a pass the day before the planned visit to DTW at http://www.metroairport.com/about-dtw/dtw-destination-pass. Arrive early! Everything is easier when you’re not rushing. During the holidays, the airport welcomes a higher percentage of infrequent travelers who may need extra time. It is important to arrive early to avoid the stress of rushing to your flight. The airport recommends arriving two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight. Allowing extra time will enable you to park, check baggage, proceed through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening and reach your departure gate.
Active loading & unloading at the terminal curb fronts will be strictly enforced. o Never leave your vehicle on the arrivals or departures curb unattended. Unattended vehicles will be ticketed and towed. o The curb fronts at both terminals are reserved for active loading and unloading only and can become extremely congested during peak times. Airport Police will be doing their best to move motorists along to prevent traffic backups. Take advantage of the airport’s short term parking at both terminals – $4 for 30 minutes or less, and $6 for up to an hour. o Pre-arrange a meeting location with the traveler you are picking up. In addition to short term parking lots, two complimentary cell phone lots are available at the north and south ends of the airport. Please visit the following link for a map: http://www.metroairport.com/terminals/maps/campus-map. Don’t wrap gifts before traveling. Packages that are wrapped may need to be opened by TSA, causing disappointment and delays at the screening checkpoints. Check your bags for prohibited items BEFORE arriving at the airport. Attempting to proceed through TSA screening with prohibited items in your bag will delay the screening process for you and other passengers. To find out what is considered a prohibited item, visit tsa.gov/travel/travel-tips, and remember prohibited items are more than just weapons. All liquids and gels over 3.4 ounces are prohibited in carry-on baggage. Arrange for assistance in advance. The Airport Authority and its partners are committed to providing a welcoming and convenient travel experience for all passengers. Travelers who may require additional assistance should advise their airline or TSA ahead of time. More information can be found at metroairport.com/Accessibility.aspx or by calling TSA Cares: 855-787-2227. Expedited screening programs are available. The Airport Authority encourages travelers concerned about the possibility of longer TSA or Customs screening lines to sign up for a trusted traveler program offered by TSA or U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The company, CLEAR, also has a program that saves travelers time. See the links below for more information: tsa.gov/precheck cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry o clearme.com
Finally, on behalf of the Airport Authority family, we wish you a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.
Below is a message from the department’s GoFundMe page:
The Huron Township Police and Fire Departments would like to work with deserving children again this holiday season with our 8th annual “Shop with a Hero” event.
Last year, we provided a Christmas for Huron Township children and multiple other well-deserving families. It was and is truly the best day of the year. Huron Township First Responders, community members, Huron School District staff and their families volunteered their time to make this happen. Our goal is to make this the best Christmas for children that otherwise may not have one.
After seeing our event for the last several years, many residents asked us how they could donate to this wonderful cause. We again ask our community partners for help in this project. Anything will help. We assure you that every dollar will go towards Huron Township Children, and receipts will be maintained.
The goal is to make this happen, not just from the Police and Fire Departments but from this great community! If we are lucky enough to surpass our goal, the Huron Township Police Department will gladly use extra money to help other families in our community. In that instance as well, all expenditures will be publicly revealed.
Based on the generosity of our residents, we were able to help many more people last year during the holiday season than ever before. Below is a synopsis of some of last year’s event, which was our biggest ever:
We started the evening by pairing each child with a Huron Township Police Officer, Huron Township Firefighter and a generous volunteer! Each child got a private ride in a Huron Township Police Car or Huron Township Fire Truck to have a night out shopping. Before leaving, each kid got the chance to get into the Police Car or Fire Truck, turn on the lights, and ring the sirens; probably their favorite part of the evening.
We traveled to the Meijer Store in Flat Rock, where each kid got to go on a shopping spree for themselves and their family. Each parent also went on a shopping spree of their own to help with Santa’s arrival on Christmas morning, not only for the kids present at the event but for their siblings as well. Special thanks to the entire staff at the Meijer in Flat Rock for going out of their way to make this memorable for these children. In addition, each family also received a $100 Meijer gift card to assist with making Christmas even more special.
(10) Huron Township Middle and High School students were also taken on shopping sprees. Their names and photos are withheld due to their age and the sensitive nature of being a teenager.
** The highlight of the event **
Each year we try to highlight a special highlight that shows the true meaning of Christmas through the eyes of a child. When we arrived at the store, each child was told that they had money to spend to buy themselves anything in the store that they wanted. One child took more than two hours to shop, while most can spend their money in 5 minutes. We asked this child why he struggled to pick things out for himself. The 6-year-old child responded that everything in the store cost too much and that he didn’t want to waste OUR money. The child then asked if they only spent half of their money, could they give the other half to their baby sister, who they said needed toys too! Once we told them their mom was shopping for their baby sister, the money was gone in 5 minutes. The selflessness of this young child showed is what the giving season is all about! Proves we never know what is going through a child’s mind!
This year we look forward to returning to our traditional event and thank the community for their partnership in creating a night that OUR kids will never forget!