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Construction began Monday on runway reconstruction project at Detroit Metro Airport

Detroit Metro Airport

  • Runway 3L/21R and its parallel taxiway will be fully reconstructed this year.

  • The project is expected to be one of the largest in Michigan for the next two years.

  • 3L/21R is the fourth and final primary runway to be reconstructed in the last ten years.


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

Published April 3, 2019 — 8 a.m. EST
Article updated

Construction began Monday on Detroit Metro Airport’s runway 3L/21R and its associated taxiways.

The 8,500-foot primary departure runway is located on the eastern portion of the airfield.

The $256 million capital improvement project will be funded with FAA Airport Improvement Program funds and airport revenue bonds, according to Detroit Metro Airport officials.

The construction project is expected to be one of the largest in Michigan for the next two years.

This year, Runway 3L/21R and its parallel taxiway will be fully reconstructed.

The new airfield pavement will consist of 17 inches of Portland cement concrete. In total, construction crews will place the equivalent of 73 highway lane miles of new concrete pavement.

“Runway 3L/21R was the first runway constructed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in the 1950s,” said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Chad Newton. “The runway and taxiways have reached the end of their useful life. This reconstruction effort will ensure our pavement meets current FAA standards, and improve the efficiency of our airfield by reducing departure times. Passengers will see the construction, but flights will not be impacted.”

Late last year, the Federal Aviation Administration approved the environmental review of the reconstruction project.

The analysis showed there are no significant environmental effects or extraordinary circumstances associated with this project.

“We will incorporate environmentally sustainable practices into this project, as we have in the past,” said Deputy Director of Airfield Facilities Theresa Samosiuk, who is also the project manager. “We will be excavating 750,000 cubic yards of soil, as well as recycling the existing concrete. All excess soil and recycled concrete will remain onsite, diverting it from landfills and reducing truck emissions.”

3L/21R is the fourth and final primary runway to be reconstructed in the last ten years.

The runway will only be closed for the 2019 construction season.

The entire project is scheduled to be complete in November 2020.

Ajax Paving Industries, Inc. is the prime contractor.

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Michigan State Police to crackdown on distracted driving during awareness month

Michigan law prohibits a driver from reading, manually typing, or sending a text message while driving. (Huron Hub file photo)

  • To draw awareness to distracted driving, law enforcement agencies around the state are participating in a nationwide distracted driving crackdown period from April 11-15.


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

Published April 2, 2019 — 1:30 p.m. EST

With April being distracted driving awareness month, Michigan State Police are reminding motorists of the dangers posed when engaging in bad driving habits.

They will also be cracking down on drivers who use their phones when behind the wheel.

Michigan saw a 57 percent increase in distracted driving crashes and a 67 percent increase in fatalities from those crashes from 2016 to 2017, according to the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center (MSP CJIC).

To draw awareness to distracted driving, law enforcement agencies around the state are participating in a nationwide distracted driving crackdown period from April 11-15.

“When you are behind the wheel, keep your phone out of reach,” said Michael L. Prince, director, Office of Highway Safety Planning. “Studies show that texting while driving takes your attention off the road more than any other activity.”

According to MSP CJIC, there were 20,115 crashes in Michigan during 2017 involving distracted driving, resulting in 72 fatalities. In 2016, there were 12,788 distracted driving crashes resulting in 43 fatalities.

“This is a noteworthy increase in crashes and nearly 30 more fatalities. We have to do everything possible to get those numbers trending in the opposite direction,” said Prince.

To help encourage drivers to remain attentive to the task of driving, the OHSP has distributed materials to every law enforcement agency across the state. On April 11, to kick off the five-day mobilization period, agencies across the state will be patrolling looking for distracted drivers.

Michigan law prohibits a driver from reading, manually typing, or sending a text message while driving.

Driving is defined as: operating a moving motor vehicle on a street or highway.

Exceptions will be made for reporting crashes, crimes or other emergencies.


 

Michigan extends PFAS chemical warnings for Huron River

The Huron River in Huron Township (Photo by Scott Bolthouse)


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

Published March 27, 2019 — 1:30 p.m. EST

Now that the weather is turning for the better, people all over southeast Michigan will look to our local rivers and other bodies of water for recreation.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is extending a warning first issued last August regarding unsafe PFAS levels in the Huron River.

According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, PFAS are man-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s.

They have been used in non-stick cookware, water-repellent clothing, stain resistant fabrics and carpets, some cosmetics, some firefighting foams, and products that resist grease, water, and oil.

Back in August, MDHHS said fish from the Huron River are not safe to eat due to high PFAS levels.

Officials say touching the fish or water and swimming in these water bodies is not considered a health concern as PFAS do not move easily through the skin.

An occasional swallow of river or lake water is also not considered a health concern.

However, those on the Huron River were warned in September not to swallow foam that might be floating on the surface of the water.

The foam, according to MDHHS, contained the same chemicals that are causing fish from the river to be deemed inedible.

The do not eat advisory for the Huron River starts where N. Wixom Road crosses in Oakland County and extends downstream to the mouth of the Huron River as it enters Lake Erie in Wayne County. This includes:

Norton Creek (Oakland County)
Hubbell Pond, also known as Mill Pond (Oakland County)
Kent Lake (Oakland County)
Ore Lake (Livingston County)
Strawberry & Zukey Lake (Livingston County)
Gallagher Lake (Livingston County)
Loon Lake (Livingston County)
Whitewood Lakes (Livingston County)
Base Line & Portage Lakes (Livingston/Washtenaw County line)
Barton Pond (Washtenaw County)
Geddes Pond (Washtenaw County)
Argo Pond (Washtenaw County)
Ford Lake (Washtenaw County)
Bellville Lake (Wayne County)

For current guidelines relating to PFAS fish contamination, visit Michigan.gov/pfasresponse. For more information about the Eat Safe Fish guidelines, visit Michigan.gov/eatsafefish.


 

I-94 in Detroit to close this weekend for bridge demolition


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

Published March 27, 2019 — 9:30 a.m. EST

If you planned to travel I-94 to and from Detroit this weekend, you’ll want to plan an alternate route.

MDOT contract crews will be demolishing the French Road and Concord Street overpasses starting at 9 p.m. Friday, March 29.

The demolitions will require closing I-94 between Conner Road and I-75 for the weekend.

All lanes of the freeway are expected to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, April 1.

The work is weather-permitting.

Related: MDOT announces I-94 project in western Wayne County

During this closure, westbound traffic will be advised to take westbound M-102 (Eight Mile Road) to southbound I-75 and back to westbound I-94.

Westbound I-94 will remain open to Conner Road for local access. Eastbound traffic will be detoured north on I-75 to eastbound M-102 and back to eastbound I-94.

All ramps along eastbound and westbound I-94 will be closed between Conner Road and I-75.

In addition, the following ramps will be closed and will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, April 1:

– Eastbound I-96 to eastbound I-94,

– Northbound and southbound M-10 (Lodge Freeway) to eastbound I-94,

– Northbound and southbound I-75 to eastbound I-94, and

– All entrance ramps to westbound I-94 from Nine Mile Road to Chalmers Street.

All surface street ramps will begin closing at 7 p.m.; freeway-to-freeway interchange ramps will begin closing at 8 p.m.

The bridge replacement is part of the I-94 modernization project in Detroit that involves rebuilding 7 miles of freeway and replacing 67 bridges between Conner Road and I-96.

You can follow the I-94 project on the web at I94Detroit.org, or follow on Facebook at facebook.com/I94Detroit or on Twitter at twitter.com/I94Detroit.


 

Statewide tornado drill set for Wednesday

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

Published March 26, 2019 — 8:30 a.m. EST

On Wednesday, a statewide tornado drill will take place as part of Michigan’s 2019 Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared March 24-30 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 27.

“While tornadoes can happen any time of the year, they are especially common in late spring and early summer,” said Capt. Emmitt McGowan, deputy state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “This drill is an opportunity for residents to make a plan and test it as if this were a real event. Plan now and you’ll 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. Nearly all state of Michigan facilities will participate.

During the statewide tornado 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 tornado season readiness, visit this link.


Conservation officer rescues capsized kayaker in Lake Erie

Conservation Officer Nick Ingersoll


Article published March 25, 2019 — 11:30 a.m. 

A 24-year-old man from Taylor, Michigan, was hospitalized and treated for hypothermia last night after his kayak overturned in Lake Erie.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Nick Ingersoll received a call from Monroe County Dispatch at 7:18 p.m. A kayaker who was walleye fishing overturned in Brest Bay of Lake Erie, offshore of Sterling State Park in Monroe. The capsized kayaker originally was reported by Deputy Seth Evans, with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, who witnessed the kayaker overturn.

Located nearby on highway 275 and Ready Road, Ingersoll activated the emergency lights on his DNR patrol truck and drove to the Sterling State Park headquarters, where he had prepared his DNR patrol boat earlier in the season. Ingersoll towed the boat to the Sterling State Park boat launch, where two fishermen aided him in launching the patrol boat into the bay.

Dispatch provided Ingersoll with the kayaker’s location based on cellphone coordinates obtained when the kayaker had called 911 for help. Evans also had maintained sight of the kayaker and was able to direct Ingersoll through radio communication, once Ingersoll was in his patrol boat and on the water.

Receiving navigation assistance from Evans, Ingersoll saw the kayaker, located about a quarter of a mile offshore. The kayaker was in the water, holding onto the kayak with one arm, waving his lit-up cellphone in the air with the other arm.

“The water was very choppy, making it difficult to clearly scan the water for the victim,” said Ingersoll. “If it weren’t for the kayaker’s lit-up cellphone, he would have easily been mistaken for a log in the water.”

At 7:38 p.m., Ingersoll reached the kayaker and instructed him to continue holding the kayak. The kayaker was not wearing a lifejacket when he overturned and told Ingersoll that he was unable to find his lifejacket once he was in the water. Ingersoll positioned the DNR patrol boat as close to the kayaker as he safely could and threw him a lifejacket. Once the kayaker had the lifejacket, Ingersoll continued to instruct the kayaker.

“You’re going to have to trust me,” Ingersoll told the kayaker. “I need you to let go of the kayak and trust that I have you.”

Once the man let go of the kayak, Ingersoll was able to secure him on the ladder of the boat.

“He was so cold, he couldn’t move,” Ingersoll said about the kayaker. “He couldn’t step onto the ladder; he was frozen and exhausted.”

Ingersoll was able to lift the kayaker partially onto the boat. Once the kayaker was chest-level on the boat, Ingersoll reached the man’s pants and pulled him the rest of the way out of the water. The kayaker had been in the water for a total of 20 minutes by the time Ingersoll secured him on the DNR boat.

“I instructed him to shed as much of his wet clothing as possible,” said Ingersoll. “I gave him my jacket and told him that he’s going to be very cold, but I’m going to get him to shore, which seemed to calm him a little bit.”

While Ingersoll drove the patrol boat back to shore, he continued to make conversation with the kayaker.

“I knew I had to keep him talking so he would stay conscious. I joked with him a little, and even got him to laugh,” Ingersoll said.

The DNR patrol boat recorded the temperature in the Brest Bay on Thursday evening, which ranged from 38 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

French Town Fire Department and Monroe County Ambulance were waiting onshore for Ingersoll and the kayaker. Ingersoll transitioned the kayaker to Monroe County Ambulance staff members, who provided onsite medical attention for hypothermia before transporting the kayaker to the hospital at approximately 7:57 p.m.

“Because of Ingersoll’s close proximity, he was able to launch his DNR patrol boat into the water and reach the man within 20 minutes,” said Chief Gary Hagler, DNR Law Enforcement Division. “Our DNR conservation officers are able to act as first responders due to their location and equipment within the communities they live in and serve. I’m proud of Ingersoll’s fast response for what could have been a tragic situation.”

Ingersoll spoke to the victim’s girlfriend just before 9 p.m., who said that her boyfriend was being prepared for release from the hospital and will make a full recovery.

“This situation stresses the importance of wearing a lifejacket while on the water,” Hagler said. “The DNR wants everyone to enjoy our natural resources, safely. Please don’t take safety for granted. Even in calm waters, kayakers and canoers can easily overturn.”

For more information about recreational safety, including boater safety, go to Michigan.gov/RecreationalSafety.

Michigan conservation officers are fully commissioned state peace officers who provide natural resources protection, ensure recreational safety and protect citizens by providing general law enforcement duties and lifesaving operations in the communities they serve.

Source: Michigan Department of Natural Resources


 

Local businesses can advertise on The Huron Hub for free


Published March 24, 2019 — 1 p.m. EST 

Are you a local business owner that wants to reach more customers?

The Huron Hub supports local businesses and wants to help.

Businesses in Huron Township have the chance to grow their customer base by advertising on The Huron Hub – for free!

Right now, we are offering three months of advertising for any local business for free. That’s thousands of potential customers you could reach on a daily and weekly basis.

The only requirement is the business must be located in Huron Township.

The only legwork you–the business owner or representative– has to do is send us an image or digital business card that we can place on our website.

The only catch is businesses have a deadline to send in your ads for placement.

That deadline is April 15. 

Send your images or digital business cards to ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com by April 15, 2019. You can also email that address with questions or concerns.

As always, The Huron Hub also offers the publication of business profiles, for free, on our website and social media. To learn how to submit your business profile for publication, visit this link.