The City of Romulus announced recently the completion of the intersection at Northline and Hannan Road during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Construction for the project launched April 15 to improve road safety and reduce vehicle crashes.
For decades, the Hannan and Northline intersection has been an area of concern for local residents, who have often cited its high accident rate.
When taking office in 2014, Romulus Mayor LeRoy Burcroff began organizing meetings with Wayne County officials to bring attention to hazardous road conditions at the Northline and Hannan intersection.
“We’re pleased to announce yet another critical infrastructure improvement in the City of Romulus, one that we are confident will help reduce accidents at a historically dangerous and well-trafficked intersection,” Burcroff said. “Residents voiced their concerns, and in partnership with Wayne County, we were able to create a comprehensive plan to resolve a long-standing issue in our community.”
Over the course of the last seven years, Mayor Burcroff and Wayne County officials have had frequent conversations about the need to repair the interchange.
County officials even participated in a city-wide ride along with Burcroff, exploring areas in need of improvement that are shared by both jurisdictions.
Recognizing the need to make safety repairs, Wayne County and the City of Romulus developed a plan to turn the boulevard intersection into a necked-down standard intersection with a traffic light.
Committed to the restoration and preservation of city infrastructure, the City of Romulus has completed several road and sidewalk projects in recent years.
Most recently, the city unveiled the Huron River Drive Pathway, a 10-foot-wide shared pathway running from the I-275 Metro Trail into downtown Romulus.
The pathway was constructed in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and supported through a $297,600 federal grant.
Recognizing the need for a safer path for bikers and pedestrians, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) also provided $100,000 toward the project.
“It’s important that our residents have access to a safe route to downtown businesses and residential districts,” said Director of the Romulus Department of Public Works Roberto Scappaticci. “It’s also important that our residents feel heard. If they come to the city with an infrastructural need, we do our best to address the issue at hand.”
Public announcement posted by The Huron Hub | Oct. 25, 2021
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency has tentatively approved the issuance of two Class I nonhazardous injection well permits for Republic Services of Michigan I, LLC. Before EPA makes a final decision, the Agency is providing the public an opportunity to comment on the draft permits.
Republic Services of Michigan I, LLC plans to dispose of nonhazardous liquid waste from its related landfill, located at 28800 Clark Road, Wayne County, Michigan. The injection fluid, which consists of waste fluid from the landfill, will be injected into a confined interval approximately 3,171 for MI-163-1I-0009 and 3,141 for MI-163-1I-0010 feet below ground surface.
Federal law requires all Class I wells be built in a way that protects drinking water supplies.1 That means waste must be injected into a rock formation beneath the lowermost formation containing an underground drinking water source. All Class I wells shall be cased and cemented to prevent the movement of fluids into or between underground sources of drinking water.
1Injection wells must meet the regulatory criteria of 40 Code of Federal Regulations, or C.F.R., parts 124, 144, 146, and 147; and the Safe Drinking Water Act, or SDWA. To view these regulations and laws, see https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/regulations
Public Comments and Hearing Requests Send comments and requests for a hearing to EPA’s Felicia Chase (email@example.com) during the public comment period (see front-page box). The public comment period includes 30 days for comments as required by law, plus an additional three days for any delay caused by mailing.
Requests for a hearing must be in writing and must identify issues to be raised. EPA will hold a hearing if there is significant public interest in the draft permit decisions based on written requests. If a hearing is scheduled, EPA will publish a notice of the hearing at least 30 days in advance.
EPA will consider all comments received during the comment period and the hearing if held and then issue a final decision along with a document that lists EPA responses to significant comments.
Permit Requirements Federal regulations for underground injection wells list standards for construction, geology, location (siting), operating conditions, and record keeping, to protect supplies of underground drinking water from contamination caused by injection wells.
EPA’s preliminary review of the permit applications for these wells concluded it would have no environmental impact. Below is an explanation of the some of the factors involved in permitting an injection well:
Underground Source of Drinking Water (USDW): A USDW is defined as any aquifer or portion thereof that contains less than 10,000 milligrams per liter of total dissolved solids, and which is being or can be used as a source of drinking water. In the case of the Republic Services of Michigan I, LLC well, the base of the lowermost USDW has been identified at a depth of 400 feet below the ground surface.
This water-bearing formation is the Bois Blanc Formation.
Site Geology: The injection zone is comprised of the Mt. Simon Sandstone from 3,171 for MI-163-1I-0009 and 3,141 for MI-163-1I-0010 feet to 3,500 feet below the surface. The immediate overlying confining zone is the Black River Formation. Additional adequate confining layers exist between the injection zone and the base of the lowermost Underground Source of Drinking Water.
Area of Review (AOR): The AOR is the area within a two-mile radius of the proposed injection well. EPA analyzed the AOR to identify wells that might allow fluid to move out of the injection zone. In the AOR for the proposed wells, there are approximately 0 producing, 0 injection, 1 temporarily abandoned, 5 plugged and abandoned, and 0 other wells that penetrate the injection zone.
Maximum Injection Pressure: EPA set an injection pressure limit that will prevent the injection formation from fracturing. The proposed maximum injection pressure for these wells are limited to 808 and 800 MI- 163-1I-0010 pounds per square inch. Financial Assurance: Republic Services of Michigan I, LLC has demonstrated adequate financial resources to close, plug and abandon these underground injection wells. Republic Services of Michigan I, LLC has established a Surety Bond to cover the costs in the amount of $121,000.
How to Comment You may comment on the proposed draft permits in writing. Please refer to Republic Services of Michigan I, LLC draft permit numbers MI-163- 1I-0009 and MI-163-1I-0010. Email your comments to: Felicia Chase U.S. EPA, Water Division UIC Section Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (312) 886-0240 If you do not have access to email, please contact Felicia Chase for instructions on how to comment. Comment Period EPA will accept written comments until midnight November 10, 2021. You may see the draft permits at http://go.usa.gov/3JwFP. Administrative Record To request review of Administrative Record files, contact Felicia Chase (see above). Right to Appeal You have the right to appeal any final permit decision if you make an official comment during the comment period or participate in a public hearing. A public hearing is not planned at this time. The first appeal must be made to the Environmental Appeals Board. The final decision can be appealed in federal court only after all agency review procedures have been exhausted. To learn more about EPA’s Underground Injection Control program, or to join our mailing list visit http://go.usa.gov/3JwFP
Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Oct. 14, 2021 | 10:55 a.m. EDT | Updated 11:30 a.m.
The boil water alert in Huron Township has been officially lifted as of Thursday morning.
A massive water main break occurred last Sunday that required repair and caused a significant drop in water pressure for some residents.
Local schools also closed while the township awaited water quality tests as a precaution.
As of Thursday morning, water in the township was deemed safe by the Great Lakes Water Authority.
“Thank you to the entire community for understanding the reasoning behind our decision. Our resident’s safety is our number one priority and this action was taken to ensure that we maintain that level of service that is promised to every resident within our community,” said Jim Lancaster, director of Huron Township DPW.
According to the Great Lakes Water Authority, after a boil water advisory is lifted, certain steps are recommended before the regular use of water.
Those steps are listed at this website, under “what to do after a boil water advisory is lifted” tab in the water treatment Q & A.
“The safety of our residents is our top priority. We appreciate the community’s patience and understanding as we took the necessary steps to restore our water service responsibly,” said David Glaab, supervisor of Huron Township.
Glaab credits DPW Director Jim Lancaster and his crew with quickly and responsibly addressing the water main break and returning normal and safe water service to township residents.
Glaab said he is also is grateful to Blue Triton Brands, producers of Ice Mountain, for donating a semi- truck load of bottled water along with Kathy Carlton-Beh who organized our police, fire and DPW teams to assist in its distribution to the public.
“Ice Mountain was pleased to provide water to help the residents of New Boston impacted by the water main break. This donation kept with the company’s long history of donating water to those impacted by emergencies and disasters.” Said Arlene Anderson-Vincent, CPG natural resource manager.
Background on the incident:
A boil water alert was issued as a result of a water main break that occurred early Sunday morning on Oct. 10.
At around 6 a.m., the police dispatch alerted the on-call water employee of a number of calls regarding a lack of water pressure within the Township.
The on-call person mobilized all available employees to attempt to locate the large water main break within the Township.
The break was located at approximately 8 a.m. due to a call from a concerned citizen about an excessive amount of water in their backyard.
Due to the number of poor water pressure calls and consulting with the Township engineers, the decision was made to issue a precautionary low pressure boil water alert for the entire Township.
The DPW department enabled their emergency Response Plan which includes public notification through all the available channels such as Nixle, Facebook, news outlets, newspapers and radio stations.
Once located, the break was isolated and normal pressure restored to a majority of the Township and the repairs on the broken main began. Due to the extent of the break the repairs were not concluded until approximately 3:45 a.m. on Monday.
Once the entire township had regained their water service the DPW department had to conduct extensive flushing of the water mains surrounding the break area and then umbrella out to ensure any stagnant water was clear from the system. This process occurred on Monday.
After the flushing had concluded the Great Lakes Water Authority came in and took 11 samples from our routine sampling site all over the Township. These samples are taken back to the lab and incubated for 18-24 hours to allow for any bacteria to grow.
The first round of samples all came back negative for any bacteria. The second round of samples that are required to be taken 24 hours after the first were then taken from the same 11 locations on Wednesday. These samples must undergo the same 18–24-hour incubation period.
On Oct. 14 at approximately 10 a.m., GLWA contacted the township with the results of the second set of water tests. These tests were also negative for any bacteria. With this second test the township has satisfied all of the requirement to lift the boil water advisory effective immediately.
Posted by The Huron Hub | Oct. 13, 2021 | 12:45 p.m. EDT
Good news for the Huron Township water situation.
The first round of water tests in the township have come back negative for contaminates, according to Huron Township DPW.
“We have just at received word from GLWA that all 11 of our tests from Tuesday came back negative. The second round has been collected and we should recieve word tomorrow on the second set so we can lift the boil water alert,” a statement from DPW said.
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 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.
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.
Posted by The Huron Hub | Sept. 2, 2021 | 10:40 p.m. EST
Governor Gretchen Whitmer today declared a state of emergency for the City of Flat Rock and Wayne and Monroe counties, after an unknown odor was detected in the city’s sewer system.
“We are working closely with local officials and emergency crews to investigate the source of these fumes and protect the safety of residents in the area,” said Governor Whitmer. “My top priority is ensuring that every resource is available to the City of Flat Rock, Wayne County, and Monroe County to determine where the odor originated, so that we can clean up the affected area and prevent further harm. I’m grateful to the leadership in the City of Flat Rock, Wayne County, Monroe County, and all of the first responders who have been on the ground keeping people safe.”
By declaring a state of emergency, Governor Whitmer has made available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the designated area. The declaration authorizes the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) to coordinate state efforts above and beyond what MSP/EMHSD has already been doing in conjunction with local agencies.
“The Flat Rock community should be able to go to sleep tonight knowing that their homes and businesses remain safe, and that clean-up efforts are already underway,” said Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. “Working with the EPA, state, county, and city leaders, we were able to mobilize immediately and take concrete steps to address this issue before it reached additional homes and put more of our neighbors at risk. As we rapidly begin clean-up efforts, I thank the EPA, Governor Whitmer, and our partners on the ground for working quickly to enact this state of emergency to get our community the resources they need now.”
On September 1, the City of Flat Rock declared a local state of emergency after discovering high levels of an unknown gas in the city sewer system and nearby homes. Hazmat teams have worked around the clock to evacuate impacted areas and to find the source of the fumes. Wayne County also declared a state of emergency and requested the governor’s declaration.
The declaration of a local state of emergency activates local emergency response and recovery plans. By requesting a governor’s declaration, the county has determined local resources are insufficient to address the situation and state assistance is required to protect the health, safety and property to lessen or avert the threat of a crisis.