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National Work Zone Awareness Week is this week

Posted by The Huron Hub | April. 11, 2022

Fast facts:

  • National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is April 11-15.
  • Three workers were killed in Michigan work zones in 2021.
  • Slow down through work zones and stay focused at all times.

In 2021, three people lost their lives while working to improve Michigan roads: Lawrence “Larry” Leonarduzzi from the Iron County Road Commission, Reason Tillman-Morgan from Anlaan Corp., and Shawn Kelley from STARS Ready Labor. These tragedies could have been avoided by drivers adhering to basic rules of the road. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and other road agencies around the state are working hard to rebuild Michigan’s roads and bridges, so stay alert and be vigilant when you’re behind the wheel. In 2021, preliminary work zone crash information shows that there were:

19 fatalities,
65 serious injuries, and
5,047 total crashes.

National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) has been observed for more than 20 years and was launched as a public awareness campaign to help everyone understand they play a key role in keeping motorists and roadway workers safe. This year’s theme, “Work Zones are a Sign to Slow Down,” emphasizes the importance of driving safely and workers making safety a priority to ensure that we all work together to save lives in work zones.

A media event will be held next Monday, April 11, featuring transportation, safety, and government officials from across the country. The event will be available to view on MDOT’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/MichiganDOT.

With Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $3.5 billion Rebuilding Michigan program underway, there are numerous projects all throughout the state. Some are big, some are small, but they all require your undivided attention.

“We can fix our roads and bridges safely if we all work together,” said Gov. Whitmer. “Our road agencies work diligently to create safe work zones, and motorists need to be responsible and cautious when driving through them.”

“We understand that rebuilding our infrastructure can be an inconvenience to drivers, but there’s more at stake here than time and money,” said State Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba. “A few seconds of inattention can equate to a lifetime of grief and regret.”

There are more than just road and bridge crews that need safe work zones. All kinds of infrastructure are in need of repair, including fiberoptic, water, sanitation, natural gas, and electricity.

“I implore drivers to slow down, avoid all distractions, and remain alert when driving through a work zone each and every time,” said LeeRoy Wells Jr., senior vice president of operations at Consumers Energy. “Despite working with electricity and natural gas, some days vehicles present the biggest threats we face, and we rely on you, the drivers, to operate your vehicles safely to allow us to go home to our families unharmed.”

To create awareness and show your support for brave work zone crews, MDOT encourages everyone to wear orange on Wednesday, April 13. We can all make it home safely if we work together, so “Go Orange” at home or in the field and share a photo on social media of you or your team wearing orange using hashtags #Orange4Safety, #GoOrangeDay, and #NWZAW.

MDOT reminds everyone to know before you go. Check http://www.Michigan.gov/Drive for active work zones on state roads (I, M and US routes) before heading out.

Since 2000, NWZAW is part of the Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) national safety campaign, a vision of eliminating fatalities on our nation’s roads.


Man allegedly beaten by biker group at Carleton bar after accidentally bumping into member

Carleton police are asking the public’s help identifying the people of interest in the attached photograph. Photo courtesy of Carlton Police.

Posted by The Huron Hub | April 4, 2022

Updated: Carleton Police say they have identified all of the suspects in the photo, according to a social media post made by the department.

On April 2, Carleton Police were called to the Wolf’s Den Bar located in the 1400 block of Monroe in downtown Carleton on a report of several men assaulting one victim.

According to witnesses, the victim was exiting the bar through the front door and accidentally bumped into another customer who was a biker wearing Iron Coffins colors and multiple bikers started yelling at him.

The victim decided to leave through a side door and began walking away from several members of the Iron Coffins M.C, who came after the victim.

The victim was able to fend off the first attacker and attempted to fend off the second attacker when several more club members joined in.

The victim is a 35-year-old Carleton man that suffers from seizures as well as receiving 28 staples to close the head wound received from the assault.

Carleton police are asking the public’s help identifying the people of interest in the attached photograph.

If you have any information about this incident or can identify anyone in the picture, please call Carleton Police at 734-654-6717.


Statewide tornado drill scheduled for Wednesday afternoon

(File photo)

Posted by The Huron Hub – March 23, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared March 20-26 as Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week, and the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is calling on residents to take action by participating in a voluntary statewide tornado drill at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23.

Related: Emergency sirens in Huron Township are tested once a month on Friday

“Last summer in Michigan, we saw the devastating impacts of severe weather, from flooding to tornadoes and straight-line winds,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Taking steps to prepare now can protect your home, your family and your pets. We ask that all Michiganders do their part to keep our communities safe.”

“With an average of 15 tornadoes each year, this is a very real threat to our Michigan communities,” said Col. Joe Gasper, state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and director of the Michigan State Police. “This drill will give people a chance to make a plan and put it to the test. By planning now, you can be better prepared when a disaster happens.”

Businesses, organizations, families, and individuals are encouraged to engage in this statewide preparedness activity but are not required to do so. During the drill residents will observe or hear alerts on NOAA Weather Radios, TV and radio stations. To learn how local alerts are administrated in your community and if your community is participating, contact your local emergency management agency.

The average lead time for tornadoes to develop is 10 to 15 minutes, which means residents need to be ready to react quickly when a warning is issued.

To be ready for a tornado:

Know the difference: Tornado Watch means conditions exist for a tornado to develop; Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.
Know the signs of an approaching tornado: dark, often greenish sky; large hail; a large, dark low-lying cloud; and loud roar, like a freight train.
Develop an emergency preparedness kit with essential items such as a three-day supply of water and food, a NOAA Weather Radio, important family documents and items that satisfy unique family needs.
Conduct regular tornado drills. Make sure each household member knows where to go and what to do in the event of a tornado.
Stay tuned to commercial radio or television broadcasts for news on changing weather conditions or approaching storms.
For more information about being safe before, during and after a tornado, follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS or go to http://www.michigan.gov/miready


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Detroit Metro Airport’s North Terminal to be renamed as the Warren Cleage Evans Terminal in April

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Posted by The Huron Hub | March 14, 2022

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport’s North Terminal will be renamed the Warren Cleage Evans Terminal on April 4.

In June 2021, the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) Board of Directors voted to rename the North Terminal in honor of Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans.

The terminal opened in 2008 during the retirement of the Smith and Berry terminals as passenger facilities.

The North Terminal was named after its location on the DTW campus.

“This is truly an honor, and I would like to thank everyone who made this possible,” said Wayne County Executive Evans. “I have dedicated my life to public service, and I have always believed that you don’t get into this line of work for the awards or recognition. Public service is about serving the public. But I must say that it does feel good to know that others appreciate what I have been trying to do for all these years.”

Over the next few weeks, the Airport Authority will modify signage throughout DTW, including the roadways.

“Dozens of signs need to be changed; therefore, we must start early,” said WCAA Chief Executive Officer Chad Newton. “This means there may be times when signs reflect the new name, while other signs do not. We’ll do our best to inform our customers of this change and we appreciate their patience during this transition period.”

A special sign honoring Executive Evans will be unveiled during the dedication ceremony.

“Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans is a dedicated public servant who has transformed our region for the better and we’re pleased the WCAA Board decided to name our terminal after him,” Newton said. “Following the renaming, we will begin refreshing the appearance and functionality of the terminal to improve the customer experience. We’re looking forward to beginning this new chapter in Detroit Metropolitan Airport’s story.”


Detroit Metro Airport reaches out to public to help find owner of left behind plushy

Do you recognize this plushy? If so, contact Detroit Metro Airport to become reunited with this little guy. The lost plushy that appears to be a cow was left near the water feature in the McNamara Terminal on March 4.

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

Posted March 10, 2022

Update: the plushie has been reunited with its family.

A lost traveler at Detroit Metro Airport is hoping to be reunited with its family after being left behind in the airport last week.

The lost traveler, it turns out, is a plushy.

The lost plushy that appears to be a cow was left near the water feature in the McNamara Terminal on March 4.

A social media post from DTW said a good samaritan found the plushy and handed it over to the proper authorities.

“He is currently safe and enjoying his travels, but he’s ready to be reunited with his owner!” the social media post said.

By the looks of the social media post, it seems the toy has been enjoying its time at the airport.

One photo shows the toy sitting in the pilot seat of an airplane, and it looks like the cow even made a stop in the Big Apple.

The plushie’s rightful owner is welcome to visit this link to become reunited with the furry little friend.

Check back with The Huron Hub for updates to this story.


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Underground storage tank possible source of chemical leak in Flat Rock near Huron River

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

Posted March 2, 2022

An underground storage tank could be the source of a chemical leak in Flat Rock near the Huron River.

The City of Flat Rock released an update on the leak Monday.

The leak was first reported to authorities last week by a fisherman.

Officials say environmental groups have contained the leak and there is no threat to the public.

Samples from the tank have been sent to the Coast Guard for analysis and results are pending.

Huroc Park in Flat Rock has been closed as a precaution since last week, but city officials say the park will reopen on Friday.

Here is the full update from the mayor of Flat Rock:




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Spring weight restrictions begin Friday on Michigan roadways

In this graphic from the Michigan Department of Transportation, it is explained why frost laws are important for the health of roadways.

Posted by The Huron Hub | Feb. 28, 2022

The Michigan Department of Transportation and local agencies are enacting spring weight restrictions, an annual move that officials say help protect roads.

Effective 6 a.m. Friday, March 4, weight restrictions will be imposed and enforced on all state trunkline highways from the Michigan/Indiana and Michigan/Ohio state lines north to and including M-46 in Muskegon County at the US-31 interchange in Muskegon, east to US-131, north to M-46, then continuing east on M-46 to Port Sanilac, ending at the M-25 intersection. State routes typically carry M, I, or US designations.

All state trunklines in this area will have weight restrictions imposed and enforced. State routes typically carry M, I, or US designations.

When roads that have been frozen all winter begin to thaw from the surface downward, melting snow and ice saturate the softened ground. During the spring thaw, the roadbed softened by trapped moisture beneath the pavement makes it more susceptible to damage. This also contributes to pothole problems already occurring due to this winter’s numerous freeze-thaw cycles.

In the restricted areas, the following will apply:

  • On routes designated as “all-season” (designated in green and gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map), there will be no reduction in legal axle weights.
  • On routes designated as “seasonal” (designated in solid or dashed red on the MDOT Truck Operators Map), there will be a posted weight reduction of 25 percent for rigid (concrete) pavements and 35 percent for flexible (asphalt) pavements.
  • All extended permits will be valid for oversize loads in the weight-restricted area on the restricted routes. Single-trip permits will not be issued for any overweight loads or loads exceeding 14 feet in width, 11 axles and 150 feet in overall length on the restricted routes.

MDOT determines when weight restrictions begin each spring by measuring frost depths along state highways, observing road conditions, and monitoring weather forecasts. Weight restrictions remain in effect until the frost line is deep enough to allow moisture to escape and the roadbeds regain stability.

County road commissions and city public works departments put in place their own seasonal weight restrictions, which usually, but not always, coincide with state highway weight restrictions. Signs are generally posted to indicate which routes have weight restrictions in effect.

For weight restriction information and updates, call 800-787-8960, or you can access this information on MDOT’s website at http://www.Michigan.gov/Truckers, under “Restrictions.” All-season routes are designated in green and gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map, which is available online. You also may sign up to receive e-mail alerts.

Trucking companies located in New Jersey and Canada can obtain information by calling 517-373-6256.


Northbound I-275 traffic shift prep work begins Friday in Wayne County

Posted by The Huron Hub | Feb. 25, 2022

Starting at 9 a.m. Friday, northbound I-275 will have one lane open from Northline Road to 5 Mile Road to allow crews to safely install pavement markings along the right lane, shoulder and ramps; install temporary signs; and move the concrete barriers from the left shoulder into the northbound lanes so traffic can share the northbound and southbound lanes. Southbound I-275 will have two lanes open from 7 Mile Road to Northline Road. There will also be intermittent ramp closures for pavement marking applications. Weather permitting, this is expected to take about a week.

On Saturday, March 5, crews will begin shifting southbound traffic onto the reconfigured northbound lanes and will be intermittently closing the ramps to southbound I-275 as part of the traffic shift.

By Monday, March 7, northbound and southbound I-275 will have two lanes open between Northline Road and 5 Mile Road. Northbound barrels will begin near Eureka Road while southbound barrels will begin near 7 Mile Road. All on and off ramps will be accessible with median crossover ramps except when crews are working on specific ramps.

For more information, go to Revive275.org.


Officials in Flat Rock still trying to find source of chemical leak in Huron River area

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

Posted Feb. 23, 2022

Local, state, and federal officials are still trying to find the source of a chemical leak in the Huron River area in the city of Flat Rock.

The leak was first reported by a fisherman Monday evening in the river breakwater, and city officials in Flat Rock say that there is no harm to the public.

Still, Huroc Park and Flat Rock Animal Shelter will remain closed as a precaution while the investigation into the substance leak continues.

Below is a statement from the mayor of Flat Rock released Wednesday afternoon:

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‘Oily substance’ found in Huron River in Flat Rock; Huroc Park closed as precaution Tuesday

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Posted by The Huron Hub | Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022 — 3:00 p.m. EST

The City of Flat Rock said Tuesday that an oily substance was found floating in the Huron River within the city on Monday evening.

As a precaution, several local and state authorities have responded to the scene to begin cleanup efforts and investigate the substance.

Additionally, Huroc Park is closed as of Tuesday, Feb. 22 as a precaution.

Below is the full statement from the Mayor of Flat Rock released Tuesday afternoon.

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