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Here is MDOT’s weekend construction schedule


Posted by The Huron Hub on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 

Here is MDOT’s weekend construction schedule for the Metro Detroit area for Nov. 22-25.

All work is weather dependent, and rain, snow or cold temps may cause delays or cancellations.

I-75:

Oakland – NB I-75, 14 Mile to Maple, 1 lane open, Sat 7am-7pm .

Wayne – NB 75, Dearborn St to Clark St, 1 LANE OPEN, 3 lanes closed, Fri 7pm-Sat 1am.

and NB 75, Dearborn to Clark, 2 lanes open, 2 closed, Sat 1am-Mon 5am.

Wayne – SB 75, Vernor Hwy to Springwells, 1 LANE OPEN, 3 closed, Sat 7pm-Sun 7 am.

Wayne – EB/WB Ambassador Bridge ramp to SB 75, ramp closed, Sun 1am-7am.

Wayne – All ramps to/from 75, Dearborn to Clark, will be closed intermittently, Fri 7pm-Mon 5am.

Wayne – SB 75, Eureka to Pennsylvania, CLOSED INTERMITTENTLY, Sat 8am-9am.

Wayne – SB US-24 ramp to SB 75, ramp closed intermittently Sat 8am-9am.

I-94:

Macomb – EB/WB 94, 8 Mile to 11 Mile/696, 1 LANE OPEN, Fri 7pm-Mon 5am.

Wayne – EB/WB 94, Grand River Ave to Rosa Parks Blvd, left lane closed, Sat-Sun 7am-7pm.

I-696:

Macomb – EB 696, Schoenherr to M-3, 2 LEFT OPEN, 2 RIGHT MOVING LANE CLOSURES, Sat 9am-3pm.

M-1: (Woodward)

Oakland – NB/SB M-1 near 8 ½ Mile, 1 lane closed, Fri 9am-Mon 1pm.

M-59:

Oakland – EB/WB M-59, Crooks to MLK, moving 2 lane closure, Sat-Sun, 7am-6pm.

M-85: (Fort St)

Wayne – WB/SB M-85, 2nd St to 3rd St, right lane closed intermittently, Mon-Fri 7am-3pm.

Wayne – WB/SB M-85, Military St to Livernois, 1 LANE OPEN, Mon 7am-6pm.


 

5 restaurants open inside Detroit Metro Airport’s North Terminal as part of $21M dining redevelopment plan

Five new restaurants opened inside of Detroit Metro Airport’s North Terminal recently representing the second part of a $21 million multi-phased dining redevelopment project. (Photos courtesy of Wayne County Airport Authority)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Nov. 19, 2019

Five new restaurants opened inside of Detroit Metro Airport’s North Terminal recently.

The opening of the restaurants are the second phase of a $21 million dining redevelopment plan that includes 15 food and beverage businesses — some of which are Metro Detroit staples.

Related: Detroit Metro Airport’s North Terminal welcomes three new restaurants

The restaurants that opened recently include Starbucks, McDonald’s, Detroit-based National Coney Island, Common Grace Coffee Co., a local café specializing in the roasting of fine specialty coffees, MOD Pizza, a pizza chain that offers hand-cooked pizzas in just minutes.

“Detroit Metropolitan Airport is known for its many dining options,” said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Chad Newton. “We are pleased to offer new concepts and even more choices for those traveling through our North Terminal. DTW is consistently being recognized for its terminal facilities, and our concessions are a key reason why. I’m confident our customers will enjoy the fresh appeal of our newest locations.”

The restaurants are operated by four concessionaires, including HMSHost, DTW North Partners, LLC, NAC-MAC Concessions, LLC and McDonald’s USA.

“National Coney Island is thrilled to be an ongoing partner with WCAA, and to open a new location in the North Terminal at Metro Airport,” said National Coney Island CEO Tom Giftos. “We are a Detroit-based brand that has always taken a tremendous amount of pride in our name and our presence here in Southeast Michigan. To be a part of the airport, which is a gateway to our city, is very special. As air travel continues to evolve in the coming years, we hope to bring a renewed spirit to the terminal and be an integral component of the world-class concessions program at Detroit Metro.”

The Airport Authority says to ensure a variety of food options are available for customers at all times, the transformation is divided into four phases.

The third phase of the redevelopment, which includes Pei Wei, Brioche Dorée, Chick-Fil-A and Anita’s Kitchen, is expected to be completed this winter.


 

Northbound I-275 closed at Michigan Avenue in Canton due to three vehicle crash


Posted by The Huron Hub on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 — 12:30 P.M. EST

Updated 3:40 P.M. — MDOT says that the scene of the crash has been cleared.

A crash on northbound I-275 that happened near Ford Road has closed the freeway in Canton Township.

The freeway is closed from Michigan Avenue through Ann Arbor Road.

The crash happened around 10:50 a.m. Monday.

Three vehicles were involved in the crash, according to Michigan State Police.

One driver had to be extracted from their vehicle by firefighters, but MSP says there are no serious injuries.

All northbound lanes are closed while police investigate the crash, according to MDOT.

It’s unclear how long the freeway will be closed.


 

Time change: motorists should be prepared, says MDOT


(Photo/Pexels)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019

At midnight, we fall back; time-wise, of course.

Sunday marks the end of daylight saving time, and the shift back to standard time.

That means we all have to adjust for the darker weather, especially in the evening.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to watch out for pedestrians, joggers, and bicyclists on the evening drives.

Research from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute says that pedestrians are more at risk of serious injury from a motor vehicle crash in the weeks following a return to standard time.

The most dangerous time is the first hour of darkness.

“Drivers need to realize that, after the time change on Nov. 3, it may be more challenging to see people walking, running, or bicycling during late afternoons and early evenings as they will be much less noticeable,” said State Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba. “To ensure visibility, pedestrians, joggers, and bicyclists are encouraged to wear brighter colored clothing with reflective material. Drivers need to eliminate distractions and focus fully on the task of driving.”

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study says there were 6,283 pedestrian deaths and 857 bicyclist deaths due to traffic crashes in 2018.

What’s equally scary is that these incidents were 3.4 percent and 6.3 percent increases from the previous year.

NHTSA’s data shows that most of the pedestrian fatalities (76 percent) and bicyclist fatalities (50 percent) occurred during dark conditions between 6 p.m. and 8:59 p.m.

Last year in Michigan, there were 145 pedestrian fatalities and 21 bicyclist fatalities in traffic crashes, with 78 percent pedestrian fatalities and 57 percent bicyclist fatalities involved in traffic crashes that occurred during dark conditions.


Orange barrel alert: here is MDOT’s weekend freeway closure list

Posted by The Huron Hub on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 


Road work and lane closures continue this weekend across Metro Detroit.

Here is a list from MDOT of weekend lane closures.

Check Michigan.gov/drive for info on all projects.

All work is weather dependent and rainstorms may cause delays or cancellations.

I-75:

Oakland – SB 75, University Dr to South Blvd, 1 LANE OPEN, Fri 9pm-Sun 5am.

Oakland – SB 75 ramp to/from University Dr, ramp intermittently closed, Fri 9pm-Sun 5am.

Oakland – EB 75BL/US24BR/Sq Lake, M-1/Wdwrd to US-24/Tele, 1 LANE OPEN, Sat 7am-5pm.

Oakland – NB/SB 75, 8 Mile to 12 Mile, 1 LANE OPEN, Fri 10pm-Sun 9am.

Wayne – NB/SB 75 CLOSED at Gibraltar, intermittently, Sat 8am-9am.

Wayne – NB/SB 75 ramps to WB 94, ramps closed, Fri 11pm-Sat 11:59pm.

WAYNE – NB/SB 75 CLOSED, Springwells to Clark, Fri 11pm-Mon 5am.

I-94:

Macomb – WB 94, 696 to 8 Mile, 1 LANE OPEN NIGHTS, Sat 8p-Sun 8a, Sun 5p-Mon 5a.

Wayne – EB/WB 94, W. Grand Blvd to Conner, 1 LANE OPEN, Fri 9pm-Mon 5am, depends on weather.

Wayne – EB/WB 94, 275 to US-24, 1 LANE OPEN, Fri 9PM-Mon 5am.

I-96:

Wayne – WB 96/M-14 ramp to NB 275, ramp closed, Sat 8am-noon.

Wayne – EB/WB 96 ramps to WB 94, ramps closed, Fri 9pm-Mon 5am.

I-275:

Wayne – NB 275, 96 to 5 Mile, double lane closures, Sat 8am-5pm.

I-696:

Oakland – EB/WB 696 near Farmington Rd, 2 LANES OPEN, Sat 5am-Mon 5am.

M-1: (Woodward)

Oakland – SB M-1, south of 696, 2 lanes closed intermittently, Fri 9am-mid-November.

M-3:

Wayne – SB M-3, south of 75, 1 LANE OPEN, Sat 7am-Mon 2pm.

M-5:

Oakland – NB M-5 at 14 Mile, right lane closed, Fri 9am-Mon 3pm.

M-10:

Oakland – NB M10 ramp to NB US-24/Telegraph, RAMP CLOSED, Sat 11am-3pm.

M-14:

Wayne – EB/WB M-14 near Beck, 1 LANE OPEN, 2 lanes closed intermittently, Sat 12pm-4pm.

M-24:

Oakland – NB/SB M-24 ramp to SB 75, ramp closed intermittently, Fri 9pm-Sun 5am.

M-59:

Oakland – WB M59, M-1/Woodward to telegraph 1 lane open, Sat 7am-3pm.

US-24: (Telegraph)

Oakland – SB US-24, 12 Mile to Civic Center Dr, 2 lanes open, Sat-Sun 6am-7pm.

Oakland – SB US-24, Civic Center Dr to 8 Mile, 2 lanes open, 2 lanes closed, Fri 6am-Mon 7pm.


 

Romulus receives five star rating from U of M-Dearborn’s annual eCities study for second year in a row


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019

The City of Romulus received a five star rating recently from a study conducted by eCities iLabs researchers at the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research.

The study recognized Romulus for its dedication to entrepreneurial growth and economic development, according to a statement from the city.

It’s the second year in a row that Romulus has received the accolade.

“The city of Romulus is proud to receive a five-star rating in the eCities report for the second year in row, demonstrating our commitment to making Romulus a home of opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs,” Mayor LeRoy Burcroff said. “We have doubled down on our efforts to fuel the success of local businesses, and I am thrilled to see continued growth in our community as a result.”

The annual eCities study analyzed publicly available data from 277 communities in 54 counties in Michigan. Researchers focused on the five-year changes in property values, community assets and tax rates, which demonstrates the growth, investments and cost of doing business within the community.

Romulus was one of only three communities in Wayne County to receive five stars.

According to the statement, the city’s Economic Development Department has numerous tools and incentives designed to attract incoming development, retain current businesses and prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs.

The city says they recently implemented a three-part “Buy Local” strategy in support of local businesses, which includes marketing businesses to new and existing residents, providing networking opportunities for developers and businesses owners, and implementing a local preference clause in the city’s purchasing ordinance.

In addition, to mitigate a shortage in talent, the city says it is developing a pilot program called Career Connect, that provides youth and young adults with summer work experience at local businesses.

Once admitted to the program, students receive assistance with resume building and job training, along with access to a financial literacy course.

Other business resources include a Tax Increment Finance Authority, a Downtown Development Authority, Next Michigan Development Corporation, a Foreign Trade Zone and two Federal Opportunity Zones.

To view the entire list of five star communities in Michigan, visit this link.


 

Over 1,000 DTE customers without power Sunday in Huron Township

(File photo courtesy: DTE)


Posted by The Huron Hub on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019 — 12:30 p.m. 

Over 1,000 DTE customers in Huron Township are without power Sunday afternoon after high winds and trees caused damage to the system.

The DTE Outage Map website shows the areas of the township that are without power Sunday as of 12:30 p.m.

Both of the large outage areas on the map below state a 6 p.m. estimated restoration time for Sunday evening.

The DTE Outage Map as of 12:30 p.m. EST Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019.