Category Archives: State & Region

Post-holiday ramp closures scheduled on I-275 in Wayne County

Posted by The Huron Hub | Sept. 1, 2022

The ongoing rebuild of I-275 in Wayne County will require crews to close additional ramps along the corridor after the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, crews will close the westbound I-94 ramp to southbound I-275. During the ramp closure, ramp traffic will be directed to continue west on I-94 to Haggerty Road, then eastbound I-94 to southbound I-275. The ramp is expected to reopen in mid-September.

At the same time, crews will close the southbound I-275 exit to Ann Arbor Road. Ramp traffic will be directed to continue south to M-153 (Ford Road), then northbound I-275 to Ann Arbor Road. The ramp is expected to reopen in early October.

Starting at 6 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, the eastbound Ann Arbor Road entrance ramp to southbound I-275 will close. Ramp traffic will use northbound I-275, then Six Mile Road to southbound I-275. The ramp is expected to reopen in early October.


DTE: 200,000 customers without power following severe weather on Monday


Posted by The Huron Hub | Aug. 29, 2022 — 10:15 PM EST

Severe weather swept through southeast Michigan on Monday and has caused hundreds of thousands of power outages.

DTE says over 200,000 customers are currently without power “due to the severe storms and 70 mph winds that swept through Michigan on Monday” the company said in a statement.

“Report any downed power lines or outages here or through our DTE app as our telephone service is currently experiencing interruptions. Please be safe and remember to stay at least 20 feet from any downed power lines — assume they are live and dangerous.”

The DTE outage center website shows the numerous power outages all over southeast Michigan.

DTE said on Twitter Monday night that they are having a call center outage.

Possible tornado in northeast Michigan.

According to Michigan State Police, an unconfirmed tornado was reported in the northeast part of the state Monday evening.

“At approximately 8:00 PM a unconfirmed tornado touched down in the City of Richmond causing significant wind damage to property, as well as a wide-spread power outage,” MSP said.


Severe thunderstorm watch issued for southeast Michigan until 9 p.m. Wednesday

(Huron Hub file photo)

Posted by The Huron Hub | Aug. 3, 2022

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for all of Southeast Michigan until 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The watch includes Genesee, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties.

A heat advisory is also in effect for Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties until 8 p.m. Heat index values of up to 101 are expected.

Rain and thunder showers this afternoon should cause the temperatures to drop.


Huron public safety director works to reform juvenile justice statewide

Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety (courtesy photo)

Posted by The Huron Hub | July 27, 2022

The Michigan Task Force on Juvenile Justice Reform met recently to approve a comprehensive set of consensus-based recommendations to transform Michigan’s juvenile justice system.

Everette Robbins, director of public safety in Huron Township, was appointed to the task force in July 2021 by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

The recommendations are based on an assessment of Michigan’s juvenile justice system, and “are grounded in what research shows works to improve community safety, reduce disparities, and improve youth outcomes,” a statement from the task force said.

The approved recommendations establish a statewide blueprint for aligning policies and practices across the juvenile justice continuum with research and best practice, including:

• Expanding diversion opportunities for youth who are not a public safety risk.
• Creating a statewide juvenile public defense system and best practice standards.
• Increasing funding for effective community-based programs, including alternatives to incarceration, and tying funding to evidence-based practices.
• Adopting data-driven tools to guide diversion, court, and detention decisions.
• Strengthening standards and quality assurance for local probation practices and statewide residential programs.
• Expanding data collection to measure system performance, outcomes, and equity.
• And establishing a statewide advisory board of youth and families impacted by the system to help guide ongoing system improvements.

The bipartisan task force was initially formed in June 2021 to study the juvenile justice system and develop data-driven recommendations for statewide reform.

The assessment involved case level data analysis, focus groups with hundreds of diverse stakeholders across the state, and listening sessions with youth and families directly impacted by the system.

Based on the assessment, multiple working groups met for months to identify and make recommendations to the task force for how best to improve the system.

“We all want safer communities and to make sure kids receive the services they need to get their lives back on track,” Robbins said. “I’m pleased that we are investing in effective community-based services while also focused on improving services in facilities for those kids that do commit more serious offenses so they can reintegrate successfully back into the community.”

The task force was composed of leaders from across branches of government, state and local agencies, those working in and impacted by the system.

“Michigan continues to lead on justice issues, and these consensus-based recommendations reaffirm our dedication to support our young Michiganders and improve community safety,” said Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “These recommendations will reduce how many youth come into contact with the juvenile justice system and also serve young people that do enter the system more effectively and developmentally appropriately. We won’t let one mistake in a young person’s life shatter their future.”

To learn more about the recommendations, please visit visit this link.


Huron public safety director works to reform juvenile justice statewide

Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety (courtesy photo)

Posted by The Huron Hub | July 27, 2022

The Michigan Task Force on Juvenile Justice Reform met recently to approve a comprehensive set of consensus-based recommendations to transform Michigan’s juvenile justice system.

Everette Robbins, director of public safety in Huron Township, was appointed to the task force in July 2021 by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

The recommendations are based on an assessment of Michigan’s juvenile justice system, and “are grounded in what research shows works to improve community safety, reduce disparities, and improve youth outcomes,” a statement from the task force said.

The approved recommendations establish a statewide blueprint for aligning policies and practices across the juvenile justice continuum with research and best practice, including:

• Expanding diversion opportunities for youth who are not a public safety risk.
• Creating a statewide juvenile public defense system and best practice standards.
• Increasing funding for effective community-based programs, including alternatives to incarceration, and tying funding to evidence-based practices.
• Adopting data-driven tools to guide diversion, court, and detention decisions.
• Strengthening standards and quality assurance for local probation practices and statewide residential programs.
• Expanding data collection to measure system performance, outcomes, and equity.
• And establishing a statewide advisory board of youth and families impacted by the system to help guide ongoing system improvements.

The bipartisan task force was initially formed in June 2021 to study the juvenile justice system and develop data-driven recommendations for statewide reform.

The assessment involved case level data analysis, focus groups with hundreds of diverse stakeholders across the state, and listening sessions with youth and families directly impacted by the system.

Based on the assessment, multiple working groups met for months to identify and make recommendations to the task force for how best to improve the system.

“We all want safer communities and to make sure kids receive the services they need to get their lives back on track,” Robbins said. “I’m pleased that we are investing in effective community-based services while also focused on improving services in facilities for those kids that do commit more serious offenses so they can reintegrate successfully back into the community.”

The task force was composed of leaders from across branches of government, state and local agencies, those working in and impacted by the system.

“Michigan continues to lead on justice issues, and these consensus-based recommendations reaffirm our dedication to support our young Michiganders and improve community safety,” said Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “These recommendations will reduce how many youth come into contact with the juvenile justice system and also serve young people that do enter the system more effectively and developmentally appropriately. We won’t let one mistake in a young person’s life shatter their future.”

To learn more about the recommendations, please visit visit this link.


Northbound I-275 closing from Eureka Road to I-94 for emergency road repair in Wayne County

Posted by The Huron Hub | July 21, 2022

The poor road condition of northbound I-275, north of Eureka Road, requires immediate replacement of a section of the right lane. The following restrictions will be in place:

5 – 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23: Crews will close northbound I-275 between Eureka Road and I-94 for concrete patching. All northbound traffic will be routed onto Eureka Road.
11 a.m. Saturday, July 23 – 5 a.m., Monday, July 25: Northbound I-275 will have one lane open from Eureka Road to I-94 to allow concrete to cure.
The suggested detour is northbound I-75 to northbound M-39 (Southfield Freeway), then westbound I-94 to northbound I-275.

Reminder:

Beginning 5 a.m. Monday, July 25, the eastbound M-153 (Ford Road) ramp to southbound I-275 will close until late August. The detour is eastbound M-153 (Ford Road) to northbound I-275, then westbound Ann Arbor Road to southbound I-275. The westbound M-153 (Ford Road) ramp to southbound I-275 was previously closed through the end of year.

Current ramp closures:

The southbound I-275 ramp to eastbound and westbound M-153 (Ford Road) is closed until late August.
The southbound I-275 ramps to eastbound and westbound I-94 are closed until mid-August.
The eastbound and westbound I-96/M-14 ramps to southbound I-275 are closed until early September.
The westbound US-12 (Michigan Avenue) ramp to southbound I-275 is closed until December.
The Metro Trail is closed between I-94/Hannan Road and Ecorse Road through early August.
Westbound I-96/M-14 maintenance is underway from Newburgh Road to Sheldon Road through 5 a.m. Monday, July 25:
The Newburgh Road ramp to westbound I-96/M-14 is closed.


Metroparks looking for local influencers to join team of social media ambassadors

Bikers trek the path at Lower Huron Metropark. Photo by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted by The Huron Hub | July 20, 2022

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks are searching for social media savvy members of their 5-county region to join a new team of social media ambassadors. The Metroparks Ambassadors will be creating and sharing social media content with their followers and fans and will receive exclusive benefits in return. The Metroparks are searching for both people who consider themselves established influencers as well as those who are still figuring it out but have the potential to reach into the social feeds of community members.

“The Metroparks welcome a wide range of visitors every year, and it’s nearly impossible for us to reach everyone in the region and show them how great time spent in the parks can be” says Metroparks Chief of Marketing and Communication, Danielle Mauter. “That’s where social media ambassadors come in. We recognize that social media influencers of all types have an extraordinary power to connect with people on a personal level and provide honest and human content. That’s why we’re looking for community members who have a social following of audiences that can often be difficult to reach – like teens, millennials and cord cutters – or that have a following related to a particular niche activity or group of people – like birders, fishermen, adventure hikers, bikers and more – to give content a more authentic experience.”

The Metroparks have put together an application process for interested members to apply, and it is open to everyone aged 14 and older. As part of a pilot program, Metroparks Ambassadors will be asked to create and share at least one post about the Metroparks per month according to a provided content schedule and providing the Metroparks with regular feedback about the program.

The Metroparks is primarily looking for individuals with profiles on TikTok and/or Instagram. Applications are open to Metroparks lovers, first time visitors and everyone in-between.

Those chosen to be a part of the Metroparks Ambassadors team will receive a free 2022 Annual Vehicle Pass, which provides access to all 13 Metroparks for the remainder of the year. They will also receive limited free entry into Metroparks facilities and programs. Other perks include an exclusive monthly ambassador newsletter featuring tips for exploring and sharing all the Metroparks have to offer and a welcome package which includes park brochures, maps and Metroparks swag.

Applicants must be at least 14 years old to apply. All interested community members who meet the age requirement and have a social media following are welcome to apply. Applications are now open and will close at 11:59 p.m. on August 7. Only a select few who apply will be chosen for this new pilot program.

To learn more and apply, visit http://www.metroparks.com/ambassadors


Southbound I-275 ramp to Ford Road closing for six weeks in Wayne County

Posted by The Huron Hub | July 13, 2022

Crews will rebuild the southbound I-275 ramps with M-153 (Ford Road) and a portion of southbound I-275 starting next week.

Beginning 5 a.m. Monday, July 18, the southbound I-275 ramp to M-153 (Ford Road) will close until late August. The detour is southbound I-275 to eastbound US-12 (Michigan Avenue), then northbound I-275 to M-153 (Ford Road).

Beginning 5 a.m. Monday, July 25, the eastbound M-153 (Ford Road) ramp to southbound I-275 will close until late August. The detour is eastbound M-153 (Ford Road) to northbound I-275, then westbound Ann Arbor Road to southbound I-275. The westbound M-153 (Ford Road) ramp to southbound I-275 was previously closed through the end of year.

Reminder:

The southbound I-275 ramps to eastbound and westbound I-94 are closed until mid-
The eastbound and westbound I-96/M-14 ramps to southbound I-275 are closed until early September.

The westbound US-12 (Michigan Avenue) ramp to southbound I-275 is closed until December.
The westbound Ann Arbor Road ramp to southbound I-275 is closed until December.
Northbound and southbound I-275 will have two lanes open between I-94 and I-96/M-14, except nightly from Sunday, July 17, to Saturday, July 23, when it will have one lane open between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. while crews install glare screen on the median wall.

The Metro Trail is closed between I-94/Hannan Road and Ecorse Road through early August.
While the southbound I-275 ramp to westbound M-14 has been reopened, the ramp may have intermittent closures for ongoing maintenance on westbound M-14/I-96 from Newburgh Road to Sheldon Road.
More details on westbound I-96/M-14 maintenance from Newburgh Road to Sheldon Road scheduled to begin 5 a.m. Thursday, July 14:
The Newburgh Road ramp to westbound I-96/M-14 will be closed.
Westbound I-96/M-14 will have one lane closed from Newburgh Road to Sheldon Road from 5 to 9 a.m. Thursday, July 14.
Westbound I-96/M-14 will then have only one lane open from Newburgh Road to Sheldon Road from 9 a.m. Thursday, July 14, to 5 a.m. Monday, July 18.
This pattern is expected to repeat Thursday, July 21 – Monday, July 25.


Southbound I-275 ramps to eastbound/westbound I-94 closing July 11 for a month


Posted by The Huron Hub | June 29, 2022

Southbound I-275 ramps to eastbound and westbound I-94 will be closed starting at 5 a.m. Monday, July 11, through early August.

Crews need to rebuild the area where southbound I-275 is currently crossing the work zone to exit to I-94.

In addition to rebuilding the three lanes and shoulders, crews will be improving the drainage in that area and surface coating the concrete of the southbound I-275 bridge to eastbound I-94 that was rebuilt last year, along with maintenance work on the westbound I-94 bridge over the exits (cleaning, painting, etc.).

All traffic will be detoured further south on southbound I-275 to eastbound Eureka Road, then northbound I-275 to eastbound/westbound I-94.

This closure and detour will cause heavier traffic at the Eureka Road entrance to Metro Airport, which may cause delays. Plan extra time or an alternate route.

Project information can be found at Revive275.org.


Southbound I-275 closing from I-96/M-14 interchange to I-94 for repairs this weekend

Posted by The Huron Hub | June 1, 2022

Southbound I-275 will be closed from the I-96/M-14 interchange to I-94 from 8 p.m. Friday, June 3, through 5 a.m. Monday, June 6, to make repairs on the deteriorating road surface.

Crews will reopen these lanes earlier if work can be completed sooner.

Southbound I-275 traffic will be detoured via eastbound I-96 to southbound M-39, then westbound I-94 to southbound I-275.

The following ramps will also be closed during this work:

Eastbound and westbound M-14 ramps to southbound I-275,
Southbound I-275 exit/entrance ramps at Ann Arbor Road,
Southbound I-275 exit/entrance ramps at M-153 (Ford Road),
Southbound I-275 exit/entrance ramps at US-12 (Michigan Avenue),
Southbound I-275 exit/entrance ramps at Ecorse Road, and
Southbound I-275 exit ramps to I-94.
Once southbound I-275 reopens, the southbound I-275 ramp to westbound M-14 will be closed through the end of June. Traffic will be detoured to eastbound I-96, then northbound Farmington Road to westbound I-96/M-14. An alternative detour is southbound I-275 to eastbound Ann Arbor Road, then northbound I-275 to westbound M-14.

Beginning at 5 a.m. Monday, June 13, the eastbound and westbound M-14/I-96 ramps to southbound I-275 will be closed through early September. Traffic will be detoured to northbound I-275, then westbound 7 Mile Road to southbound I-275.

Based on economic modeling, the Revive275 project and its $270 million investment is expected to directly and indirectly support 3,429 jobs. Project information can be found at Revive275.org.