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Winter weather advisory issued: widespread snow expected through Sunday morning


Posted by The Huron Hub | Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021

Get ready for the first widespread snow of the season.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for much of southeast Michigan.

Here are the details from the National Weather Service:

Winter Weather Advisory
for Wayne County

Issued by National Weather Service
Detroit, MI
3:21 AM EST Sat, Nov 27, 2021

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT…

  • WHAT…First widespread accumulationg snow expected. Total snow accumulations of two to three inches.
  • WHERE…Most of southeast Michigan, generally along and south of I-69.
  • WHEN…From 3 PM this afternoon to midnight EST tonight.
  • IMPACTS…Plan on snow covered and slippery road conditions.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Slow down and use caution while traveling.


Detroit Metro Airport expects larger crowds this holiday season; offers tips to travelers

A Delta jet departs Detroit Metro Airport. Photo by Scott Bolthouse – The Huron Hub.

Posted by The Huron Hub | Nov. 23, 2021

Detroit Metro Airport expects over 3.5 million travelers this holiday season, more than double the number of passengers from last year and approximately 15 percent lower than 2019. During the Thanksgiving travel period (Nov. 19 – 28), nearly 400,000 additional passengers are expected this year compared to 2020. During the Christmas and New Year’s travel period (Dec. 18 – Jan. 2), more than 600,000 additional passengers are expected compared to the same time a year ago.

“We’re cautiously optimistic about the travel forecast this holiday season,” said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Chad Newton. “Only time will tell if this increase in passenger traffic is a sign our economy and our industry are rebounding. Regardless, our Detroit Metropolitan Airport team will continue working hard to deliver an excellent customer experience, while prioritizing the health and safety of everyone in our terminals.”

Earlier this year, DTW received the Airports Council International (ACI) 2020 Airport Service Quality Award for Best Airport by Size and Region (25 to 40 million passengers per year in North America). This customer service award is one of the highest honors in the aviation industry. Also, DTW recently earned the ACI Airport Health Accreditation, which demonstrates the staff is taking steps aligned with industry best practices to reduce health risks. Since the start of the pandemic, DTW has increased cleaning in high touchpoint areas and stationed customer service agents and volunteers throughout the airport to remind everyone to wear a face covering. Dispensers with free face coverings are available for those who forget their masks at home.

In addition to the mask reminder, DTW has a few more holiday travel tips to share.
Apply for the DTW Destination Pass to spend more time with your loved ones.
Non-ticketed visitors can enter the post-security side of the McNamara and North terminals by participating in the DTW Destination Pass program. Anyone wishing to greet family and friends at their gate or wait with them until their flight departs can apply for a pass the day before the planned visit to DTW at http://www.metroairport.com/about-dtw/dtw-destination-pass.

-Arrive early! Everything is easier when you’re not rushing. During the holidays, the airport welcomes a higher percentage of infrequent travelers who may need extra time. It is important to arrive early to avoid the stress of rushing to your flight. As a general rule of thumb, the airport recommends arriving two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight. Allowing extra time will enable you to park, check baggage, proceed through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening and reach your departure gate.

-Active loading & unloading at the terminal curb fronts will be strictly enforced.
Never leave your vehicle on the arrivals or departures curb unattended. Unattended vehicles will be ticketed and towed.

-The curb fronts at both terminals are reserved for active loading and unloading only and can become extremely congested during peak times. Airport Police will be doing their best to move motorists along to prevent traffic backups. Take advantage of the airport’s short term parking at both terminals – $4 for 30 minutes or less, and $6 for up to an hour.

-Pre-arrange a meeting location with the traveler you are picking up. In addition to short term parking lots, two complimentary cell phone lots are available at the north and south ends of the airport. Please visit the following link for a map: http://www.metroairport.com/terminals/maps/campus-map.

-Don’t wrap gifts before traveling. Packages that are wrapped may need to be opened by TSA, causing disappointment and delays at the screening checkpoints.

-Check your bags for prohibited items BEFORE arriving at the airport. Attempting to proceed through TSA screening with prohibited items in your bag will delay the screening process for you and other passengers. To find out what is considered a prohibited item, visit tsa.gov/travel/travel-tips, and remember prohibited items are more than just weapons. All liquids and gels over 3.4 ounces are prohibited in carry-on baggage.

-Arrange for assistance in advance. The Airport Authority and its partners are committed to providing a welcoming and convenient travel experience for all passengers. Travelers who may require additional assistance should advise their airline or TSA ahead of time. More information can be found at metroairport.com/Accessibility.aspx or by calling TSA Cares: 855-787-2227.

-Expedited screening programs are available. The Airport Authority encourages travelers concerned about the possibility of longer TSA or Customs screening lines to sign up for a trusted traveler program offered by TSA or U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The company, CLEAR, also has a program that saves travelers time. See the links below for more information:
http://www.tsa.gov/precheck
http://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry
http://www.clearme.com


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I-275 update: median crossovers being built, I-94 ramps reopened, other ramps closing


Posted by The Huron Hub | Nov. 9, 2021

I-275 construction update:

Crews are working in the I-275 median between Eureka Road and 5 Mile Road to build up the current northbound left shoulder and build crossovers for ramp access during next year’s rebuilding of southbound I-275. In 2022, a traffic shift will put both directions of I-275 traffic on the current northbound side using the newly rebuilt shoulder; the crossovers will allow drivers to cross over the work area to access the entrance and exit ramps.

The 5 Mile Road bridge over I-275 is expected to reopen sometime in early December. The roadwork on I-275 from Will Carleton Road to 6 Mile Road should wrap up in early December for this first year of the project. Crews expect to return in late winter.

Airport access is available at the I-94/Merriman Road and I-275/Eureka Road interchanges.

I-275 OPEN RAMPS:

  • 6 Mile Road
  • I-96/M-14 interchange
  • Ann Arbor Road
  • M-153 (Ford Road)
  • US-12 (Michigan Avenue)
  • Ecorse Road
  • I-94 interchange
  • Sibley Road
  • Eureka Road (except this weekend’s ramp closures noted below)

CLOSED RAMPS:

  • Westbound Eureka Road ramp to southbound I-275 – 9 a.m.-3p.m. daily through November.
  • Eastbound Eureka Road ramp to northbound I-275 – 9 a.m.-3p.m. daily through November
  • Northbound I-275 ramp to S. Huron Road – through November
  • S. Huron Road ramp to northbound I-275 – through November
  • Northbound I-275 ramp to Will Carleton Road – 6 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7.
  • Will Carleton Road ramp to northbound I-275 – 6 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7.

I-275 PROJECT DETAILS:

The Michigan Department of Transportation will be repairing and rebuilding 24 miles of I-275 between Will Carleton 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.

SAFETY BENEFITS:

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.


Romulus announces completion of Hannan and Northline intersection

Ribbon-cutting ceremony held October 19 to celebrate project, partnership with Wayne County. Photo courtesy City of Romulus.

Posted by The Huron Hub | Nov. 1, 2021

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.”


EPA seeks comments on injection well permits

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 (chase.felicia@epa.gov) 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: chase.felicia@epa.gov 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



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New school bus laws go into effect today in Michigan

Posted by The Huron Hub | Oct. 11, 2021

Two new laws go into effect Monday in Michigan that aim to make school busses safer for children.

The two new laws focus on:

-making it easier to ticket drivers who pass a school bus’s extended stop arm
-implementing more signage to make it clear a person cannot walk onto a school bus without permission.

The first makes it easier to ticket drivers who illegally pass the school bus’ extended stop arm.

Previously, police had to witness in-person a car pass a bus stop arm sign in order to issue a ticket.

Under the new law, drivers can now be ticketed using exterior cameras on buses.

Some schools already have the cameras, while others are now looking into the investment because of the new law.

“This rule, we hope, will increase enforcement, wake people up and we will see fewer instances of those stop arms getting run,” Rep. Jack O’Malley, Chair of the House Transportation Committee, told WXYZ news.

O’Malley helped pass the law, along with another law stating people cannot walk onto a school bus without permission.

“It always happened at the school building. You try to go to your child’s elementary school and get in, you got to ring in and tell them who you are, they gotta buzz to let you in, why- safety,” said O’Malley.

The same idea will now apply to the bus. There will now be a no trespassing sign on the door of the bus.

If a driver is caught blowing a stop sign, or if a person steps onto a bus without permission, both offenses carry a fine of up to $500.


I-275 update: I-275/I-94 ramps near Detroit Metro Airport and S. Huron Road ramps are closing


Posted by The Huron Hub | Oct. 5, 2021

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS:

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.

SAFETY BENEFITS:

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.


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Romulus announces return of Pumpkin Festival


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Posted by The Huron Hub | Sept. 15, 2021

The City of Romulus and the Romulus Downtown Development Authority (DDA) announced the return of the Pumpkin Festival. The annual community event will take place in downtown Romulus from Friday, September 17 to Sunday, September 19.
“After canceling last year’s event to protect the safety and well-being of residents during the pandemic, we’re pleased to host the Pumpkin Festival again this year,” said Romulus Mayor LeRoy Burcroff. “Our annual traditions are part of what makes our city a community, and we look forward to celebrating in person with Romulus families, businesses and visitors once again at this year’s Pumpkin Festival.”
The Pumpkin Festival schedule includes, but is not limited to:
Friday, September 17
Beer Tent “Pumpkin Pub” (6 p.m. – 12 a.m.) at the Romulus Historical Park Pavilion
Food Trucks (6 p.m. – 10 p.m.) on Hunt Street
Romulus Rotary “Parade of Lights” (8 p.m. – 10 p.m.) on Goddard Road between Moore and 5 Points
Saturday, September 18
Boy Scouts Pancake Breakfast (8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) at the Historical Park Pavilion
Car Show (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) on Goddard Road between Moore Road and railroad tracks
Craft and Vendor Show (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) on Goddard Road between Olive and Sterling Streets
Kiddie Olympics (12 p.m. – 4 p.m.) at the field west of Romulus Auto Value
Tours – Historical Park Museum and Kingsley House (12 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
Pumpkin Painting Tent (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.) at the field west of Romulus Auto Value
Entertainment – line dancing demo and live music (2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.) at Goddard Road and Sterling Streets
Sunday, September 19 – Romulus Come Unity Day
Games/Obstacle Course (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.) at the field north of the Historical Park Pavilion
Tours – Historical Park Museum and Kinsley House (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
Motorcycle Parade & Show (1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.) starting at Hunt Street between Goddard and Bibbins
Petting Farm and Pony Rides (1 p.m. – 6 p.m.) at the Historical Park Windmill
Taste of Soul and Food Trucks (2 p.m. – 4 p.m.) at the Historical Park Pavilion
Romulus Got Talent (4 p.m. – 6 p.m.) at the Historical Park Freight House
“Romulus residents expressed how much they missed the Pumpkin Festival last year—we missed it too,” said Romulus DDA Director Merrie Druyor. “The City of Romulus is committed to creating a fun, memorable and safe experience for all community families, and the scheduled events during the Pumpkin Festival were organized to do just that.”

New this year is Romulus Come Unity Day, a fun, reimagined third day of the Pumpkin Festival organized by Unity Ambassadors Building Bridges—a newly-formed nonprofit in Romulus whose members include residents committed to creating unity in the City—with support from the Romulus Ministerial Alliance. Taking place from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, September 19, Come Unity Day is designed to bring together residents from all four city quadrants for a day of community events and activities after being kept apart for much of the pandemic. In addition to the agenda above, residents can enjoy scavenger hunts, card games, live music and dancing, a bounce house, local vendors and more. If you are interested in volunteering or participating in Romulus Got Talent, call 734-992-7179.
“The Detroit Metro Airport sits right in the center of Romulus, dividing the city into four quadrants,” said Councilwoman Tina Talley. “When I’m out in the community, I often hear residents talk about feeling disconnected from their neighbors across the city. Romulus Come Unity Day will serve as a great opportunity for our all of us to gather and reflect on the importance of unity. Unity begins with you, and we want that message to resonate among our residents.”

For more information about the return of the annual Pumpkin Festival, please call the Romulus DDA at 734-942-7545, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. or view the full schedule here. Residents are also encouraged to visit the Romulus DDA Facebook page or the City of Romulus Facebook page.