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Orange barrel alert: expect freeway closures, other lane closures on I-94 in Metro Detroit this weekend

Posted Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019

Fast facts:
– Bridge repair will require closing eastbound I-94 from US-12 to I-75 this weekend in Detroit.
– The closure begins at 9 p.m. Friday with all lanes expected to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday.
– The closure will be shortened from US-12 to I-96 on Sunday morning.

Weather permitting, Michigan Department of Transportation contract crews will be repairing bridges and resurfacing sections on I-94 in Detroit. This work will require closing eastbound I-94 from US-12 (Michigan Avenue) to I-75 starting at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. By 5 a.m. Sunday, the closure limits will be shortened from US-12 to I-96. Eastbound I-94 will have all lanes reopened by 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28.

During this closure, eastbound traffic will be detoured via eastbound US-12 to northbound Rosa Parks Boulevard, then northbound I-75 back to eastbound I-94. The closure is needed to safely allow crews to repair railroad overpasses and the Warren Avenue overpass above eastbound I-94.

Elsewhere in Detroit, both directions of I-94 will have one lane open on Saturday between Chene Street and Conner Road for ongoing work on the Concord Street and French Road overpasses. The two right lanes will be closed in both directions from 5 a.m. until noon. From 12:30 to 5 p.m., the two left lanes will be closed on eastbound and westbound I-94. The Gratiot Avenue entrance ramp to eastbound I-94 will be closed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

In Macomb County, ongoing pavement repair will require the left and center lanes of eastbound I-94 to be closed from M-102 (Eight Mile Road) to 11 Mile Road. The double-lane closure is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Friday and end by 5 a.m. Monday. During this time, all entrance ramps to eastbound I-94 within the work zone will be closed.

West of the Detroit city limits, eastbound and westbound I-94 will be have one lane open between US-24 (Telegraph Road) and I-275 for ongoing bridge work. Currently, two lanes are open in each direction. The additional lane closure begins at 9 p.m. Friday and will end by 5 a.m. Monday. This work is weather dependent.

Source: MDOT



Eternal flame to be dedicated to veterans at Michigan Memorial Park on Nov. 7

(Photo: Michigan Memorial Park)

Posted Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019

Article submitted by Michigan Memorial Park

An eternal flame will be dedicated and permanently lit in honor of United States veterans at a public outdoor ceremony at Michigan Memorial Park on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m.

Located near the front entrance of MMP in the Veterans Bowl, the flame will provide a prominent and solemn reminder of those who have served our nation throughout our history.

While most people are familiar with the eternal flame dedicated to John F. Kennedy in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, this will be the only one in an independently operated cemetery in Michigan.

The ceremony will include a keynote address by Colonel Jack Lechner (Ret), former executive officer and deputy superintendent of Arlington. Col. Lechner came to Arlington from the Joint Staff, Pentagon, where he was responsible for logistical support to deployed forces and Joint Supply Chain Architecture (JSCA). Prior to his arrival on the Joint Staff, he was the Chief of Staff for the 316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) headquartered in Balad, Iraq. This 650 Soldier headquarters and its seven brigades of 20,000 Soldiers were responsible for all logistical support in the Iraqi theater of war.

During Col. Lechner’s leadership, Arlington National Cemetery was restored to its rightful position of honor as a national shrine. Automated systems were developed for scheduling/record keeping, a geospatial mapping system was created to assign and track grave/niche assignments, and the most stringent chain of custody system in the federal system of cemeteries was established to ensure every family received peace of mind about the grounds where their loved one had been laid to rest. An award-winning application was developed that provided families and 3.1 million tourists per year with the ability to find any grave or tour the cemetery using a smart phone. Col. Lechner also recognized the need for a bereavement skills training program to ensure all staff members were able to provide world class service, in a compassionate and caring manner, earned by our nation’s heroes and their families.

When Col. Lechner departed Arlington National Cemetery the $71.8 million Millennium Project (adding 27 acres and 27,282 interment/inurnment opportunities) was on budget and on time to be completed in June 2016. The $247 million Southern Expansion Project was well underway, and the Army had taken possession of approximately 40 contiguous acres to the south with the project’s $70.8 million annual budget being executed as planned.

The Downriver Honor Guard will also participate in the ceremony as well as active duty representatives from the United States Armed Forces including Staff Sergeant Jared Ferguson, United States Army; Sergeant Spencer Jackson, United States Marine Corps; Petty Officer Tatiana Fragoso, United States Navy; and Sergeant Casey Williams, United States Air Force.

Well known vocalist Jill Ryan of Grosse Ile will sing the National Anthem. Dan Dwyer, president of Michigan Memorial Funeral Home, will emcee the dedication.

Following the lighting ceremony, the public is invited to attend an informal reception which will include refreshments.

Kelly Dwyer, president of MMP stated, “It is our sincere hope that downriver and Monroe County veterans will attend as we approach Veterans Day. We are humbled to install this monument in their honor.”

Guided parking will be available for guests as well as golf cart transport if needed.

For further information, please contact MMP at 734-782-2473 or visit their Facebook page.

The park’s address is 30895 W Huron River Drive.


Metroparks ‘Get Out and Learn’ program offers local schools free field trip opportunities

Posted By The Huron Hub on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks is now accepting scholarship applications from local schools for its Get Out and Learn program to support field trips.

The program gives teachers and students the opportunity to participate in engaging, nature-connected field trips to a local Metropark of their choosing.

The applications must be completed by Dec. 31, 2019.

“The Metroparks are devoted to helping students and kids learn with fun, interactive educational experiences,” said Amy McMillan, director at the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority. “In fact, daily contact with nature has been proven to positively impact a child’s social, psychological, academic, and physical health. Environmental education is a great way to encourage learning and growth among students. Our school programs are STEM-based with hands-on activities and cooperative learning. And we have opportunities for students of all ages and walks of life to participate.”

Selected schools will be able to choose a Metropark Interpretive Center to visit, along with free transportation and field trip programming.

To qualify, schools must be located in southeast Michigan and have at least 50% of students eligible to receive the federal free and reduced lunch program.

“Each educational interpretive program brings children into an outdoor, experiential learning environment where they learn while doing,” said Jennifer Jaworski, chief of interpretive services. “Science programs are designed to meet the new Michigan Science Standards, based on the Next Generation Science Standards, and can be tailored to a school’s curriculum needs. All programs are designed to help meet science or social studies grade performance and content expectations.”

The Metroparks’ Interpretive Department is one of the largest interpretive programs in the nation. The school programs are taught by experts and provide environmental, cultural and natural science literacy. All field trip programs support Michigan Science Standards curriculum in content, methodology, and technology use. Many of the programs also support Common Core curriculum and STEM.

Schools are encouraged to apply soon as scholarship funds are limited. Funds and field trips must be used by December 31, 2019. The program is supported by over $30,000 from foundations and private donors.

To fill out an online application and learn more about the Get Out and Learn program, please visit:


Michigan Memorial Park walking club helps raise over $3,600 for Downriver Honor Guard

(Photo: Michigan Memorial Park)

Posted Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019

The Downriver Honor Guard was the recipient of two unexpected gifts in the amount of $1,813.00 donated by Michigan Memorial Park (MMP) and another $1,813.00 donated by Michigan Memorial Funeral Home on behalf of their walking club.

Kelly Dwyer, president of Michigan Memorial Park stated, “Every year since 2011, Michigan Memorial Park donates one dollar for every mile walked during the month of August. The three members who log the most miles during that time period then select an organization to receive the funds. This year, top walkers Bill Elwell, Gail Nemeth, Barbara Ballard and Charlie Saganek (Barbara and Charlie tied for fourth place) chose a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide military support and honor veterans at funerals.

“Michigan Memorial Funeral Home again matched the gift made by Michigan Memorial Park which increased the total funds donated by 100%. We’re thrilled to be able to help people in our communities and support the great work of our many non-profit groups,” Dwyer added.

Since 2011, Michigan Memorial Park and Michigan Memorial Funeral Home have donated $20,256.00 to nine local charitable organizations on behalf of the 100 walking club members.

For further information about the Michigan Memorial Walking Club, please visit MMP’s Family Service office for an application. The club is active from April 1 through October 31.

Source: Michigan Memorial Park

‘Destination Pass’ program at Detroit Metro Airport allows visitors without tickets to pass checkpoint

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Monday, Oct. 21, 2019

A new program at Detroit Metropolitan Airport will allow visitors without air travel tickets the ability to enter the post-security side of the McNamara and North terminals.

Called “DTW Destination Pass,” the program lets those who are not flying enjoy amenities of the airport, surprise an arriving traveler, or spend extra time with a loved one who is departing.

Last year, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) amended its regulations, giving airports more flexibility when allowing non-ticketed visitors into the gate area.

“The new regulations allow us to expand our gate pass program that already exists for our Westin hotel guests,” said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Chad Newton. “Now we can welcome more community members into our home to create memorable moments—from watching planes to greeting family and friends.”

The pass will be a pilot program and will be available to visitors at both terminals from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Those wishing to take advantage of the program must apply for a pass through the airport’s website the day before their planned visit.

Applicants will receive an email notification advising of their approval status. If approved, detailed instructions will be sent electronically.

The DTW Destination Pass program will be limited to 75 visitor passes per day and is expected to end on January 5, 2020.

Participants must submit to the same security regulations as passengers boarding an aircraft.

Additional information on the program, application process and requirements can be found at

News roundup: top stories from the past week in Huron Township

Posted Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019

Here’s a recap of some news reports out of Huron Township for the week of Oct. 14–20:

Resident accused of pointing rifle at person following altercation that started near bus stop, ended behind house

— Camilleri introduces bills that fund construction of bridges over problematic railroad crossings

— Verizon Wireless customers experiencing service disruptions in Metro Detroit

— 3 drivers ticketed recently for failing to stop for school buses in Huron Township

— Board approves pay raises for full-time officials per Compensation Commission’s recommendation


I-94 near Metro Airport down to one lane in both directions this weekend

Posted Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 — 3:00 PM EST

I-94 near Detroit Metro Airport will be down to one lane over the weekend, according to MDOT.

Eastbound and westbound I-94 will have only one lane open between I-275 and US-24 (Telegraph Road), from 8 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday.

The closures are due to roadwork projects on the freeway.

“With fall weather settling in, crews are getting in as much work as possible during favorable weather conditions,” MDOT said.