Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Oct. 12, 2021 | 10:40 a.m.
The Great Lakes Water Authority is in the area today testing the water around the township following a massive water main break last weekend.
The water main break has caused a boil water alert in the township, and has also closed local schools through Thursday as a precaution.
Below is the most current statement from Huron Township DPW Director Jim Lancaster.
“Spoke with the Great Lakes Water Authority this morning. They should be in town testing our location as this message is being sent. The process is they will take these samples to the lab and incubate them for 18-24 hours to see if there is any bacteria present in the system. They will come back tomorrow and do the same thing and as long as those samples are clear after that 2nd 24 hour window we will be lifting the boil water alert. I will update as more information comes along.”
Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Oct. 11, 2021 | 4:20 p.m.
The Huron School District will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week while the township awaits water tests following a massive water main break that occurred Sunday.
Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron School District, sent a communication Monday afternoon explaining the situation.
Rowe said he hopes the situation will be resolved so that classes can resume on Friday.
“I have been in contact with the Huron Township Department of Public Safety today, and we are working closely with the Huron Township DPW. Officials have notified the schools that they cannot guarantee that water is safe to drink or use for hand washing at this time. We are being told that definitive test results will not be available until late on Thursday, and the boil water advisory will be in effect until the results are in. Student and staff safety is our primary concern, and this situation poses a potential risk to our drinking and washing water in the district. Unfortunately, this means that the Huron School District will be closed on Tuesday, October 12, Wednesday, October 13, and Thursday, October 14, 2021. We hope that we will be able to safely return to regular operation on Friday. As always, we will communicate any updates or changes if and when we are made aware. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Be safe out there,” Rowe said.
Posted by The Huron Hub | Oct. 11, 2021 | 10:20 a.m.
A boil water alert remains in effect for all of Huron Township following a massive water main break that occurred on Sunday.
Here is a statement from Huron Township DPW director:
Good morning everyone. My name is Jim Lancaster and I am the DPW Director for Huron Township. As most of you know yesterday we had a waterman break that drastically dropped our water pressure throughout most of the Township. Since most of you had extremely low pressures we decided to err on the side of caution and issue a boil water alert. We do not believe we dropped below a dangerous pressure level but we decided to issue the alert as a precautionary measure as your safety is our first priority. Most of you got your pressure back between 3-6 pm as we got the break isolated. We had to cut out and replace a 10 foot section of 12 inch waterman and got it back into service around 3 am this morning. None of these factors alter the boil water alert as it is still in effect. The procedure moving forward is that we will begin flushing township mains early this morning. An independent lab will be called in to do samples at random points all over the township. 24 hour later we must sample those same locations again and as long as both samples are clear as expected then we can lift the boil water alert. Please utilize this site and Nixle to get the most up to date information which will be relayed as we get it. Thank you for your patience and understanding. The DPW office will be staffed from 8-4 tomorrow if you have questions but town hall will be closed for Columbus day. 734-753-4466 extention 123 or 124.
Stay with The Huron Hub as we continue to post updates on the water situation.
Two new laws go into effect Monday in Michigan that aim to make school busses safer for children.
The two new laws focus on:
-making it easier to ticket drivers who pass a school bus’s extended stop arm -implementing more signage to make it clear a person cannot walk onto a school bus without permission.
The first makes it easier to ticket drivers who illegally pass the school bus’ extended stop arm.
Previously, police had to witness in-person a car pass a bus stop arm sign in order to issue a ticket.
Under the new law, drivers can now be ticketed using exterior cameras on buses.
Some schools already have the cameras, while others are now looking into the investment because of the new law.
“This rule, we hope, will increase enforcement, wake people up and we will see fewer instances of those stop arms getting run,” Rep. Jack O’Malley, Chair of the House Transportation Committee, told WXYZ news.
O’Malley helped pass the law, along with another law stating people cannot walk onto a school bus without permission.
“It always happened at the school building. You try to go to your child’s elementary school and get in, you got to ring in and tell them who you are, they gotta buzz to let you in, why- safety,” said O’Malley.
The same idea will now apply to the bus. There will now be a no trespassing sign on the door of the bus.
If a driver is caught blowing a stop sign, or if a person steps onto a bus without permission, both offenses carry a fine of up to $500.
Huron School District is closed Monday, Oct. 11 due to a large water main break that has impacted nearly every area of the township.
“I was recently contacted by the Huron Townhsip Department of Public Safety pertaining to the water main break in teh township. Unfortunately, the system is still not working, which will impact the drinking water and hand washing water in the district. This could be unsafe for our students and staff. As a result, the Huron School District will be closed tomorrow, Monday, October 11, 2021,” a statement from Supt. Donovan Rowe said.
Areas of the township were still without water pressure as of Sunday afternoon.
Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 | 10:35 a.m. EDT
A boil water alert has been issued for all of Huron Township following a very large water main break that has occurred.
The following is a statement from Huron Township DPW:
“Due to a very large water main break Huron Charter Township is issuing a temporary boil water alert for the entire Township. We do not believe the water pressure dropped to a dangerous level, however we are airing on the side of caution until the repair is made and we can properly flush the system to ensure the safety of our water customers. Once the proper testing is completed we will lift the boil water alert. More information will be forthcoming. We will be providing information via Nixle and Facebook as the situation develops. Thank you for your patience and understanding,”
Posted by The Huron Hub | Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 | 9:07 a.m. EDT
A water main break somewhere in the township has caused pressure issues throughout the area.
Here is a statement from Huron Department of Public Safety:
“The Huron Township Department of Public Works (DPW) is currently out investigating an issue with low water pressure throughout the Township. It is believed that there may be a water main break somewhere that has not been located yet. If anyone observes a potential water main break, please contact the Huron Township Emergency Dispatch Center at 734-753-4400,” a message from the Huron Township Department of Public Safety said.
A long awaited and much needed construction project has begun in downtown New Boston.
Phase one of the downtown New Boston improvement project is scheduled to begin Thursday, October 7, 2021, at 7:30 a.m. weather, and equipment permitting.
Phase 1 Construction Scope The Phase 1 limits will be from Waltz Road north to 18757 Huron River Drive (Huron Dental). During construction, no parking will be allowed on HRD.
Businesses and residents will have access to their drives although there may be times when the drive may be partially blocked for a short period of time.
One-way traffic will be maintained north bound from Waltz Road at most times throughout construction with minimal two-way closures.
Special attention will be given to ensure traffic will remain open to businesses in the area at all times during construction which is scheduled to last through November 2021.
“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 course of 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 firstname.lastname@example.org,” a statement from Huron Township said.
This rebuild of Huron River Dr. consists of the following steps: Beginning on the west side of HRD
Complete milling and removal of the asphalt
Installing the storm sewer
Removing the existing pavement
Creating the road and installing the stone base
Pouring the new concrete on the west half of the roadway with a 5-10 day curing period prior to opening to traffic. The same procedure will be followed on the east side of HRD upon completion of the west side
Airport access is available at I-94/Merriman Road and I-275/Eureka Road.
Current ramp open/close schedule:
Eastbound I-94 to northbound I-275: open
Eastbound I-94 to southbound I-275: open
Westbound I-94 to northbound I-275: open
Westbound I-94 to southbound I-275: closed through late October
Northbound I-275 to eastbound I-94: open
Northbound I-275 to westbound I-94: closed 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 – late October
Southbound I-275 to eastbound I-94: closed through late October
Southbound I-275 to westbound I-94: open
I-275/S. Huron Road interchange: 7 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 – 6 p.m. Oct. 8: Southbound I-275 ramps to eastbound and westbound S. Huron Road – Eastbound and westbound S. Huron Road ramps to southbound I-275.
The Will Carlton Road ramps are expected to reopen Tuesday morning, Oct. 5.
I-275 PROJECT DETAILS:
The Michigan Department of Transportation will be repairing and rebuilding 24 miles of I-275 between Will Carlton Road and 6 Mile Road in Wayne County in six phases over four years. The project includes 10 miles of concrete pavement repairs, 14 miles of rebuilding concrete pavement, asphalt resurfacing of four interchanges, rebuilding concrete pavement of parts or all of six interchanges, improving 65 bridges and a retaining wall, drainage improvements, sign replacements, traffic signal modernizations, intelligent transportation system (ITS) improvements, sidewalk improvements that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and tree replacements. Additionally, a segment of the Metro Trail will be rebuilt to replace an adjacent retaining wall.
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.
During this major multi-year project, work will be occurring in multiple areas at different times. For mor project details and updates, go to http://www.Revive275.org.
This project will result in a smoother driving surface, extending the lifespan of the roadway and increasing safety. Drainage will also be improved by this work.