Category Archives: State & Region

Canadian Pacific holiday train journeys through southeast Michigan

• It’s the first time in three years that the train made its way through the region after beginning its journey Thursday night in Canada

Posted by The Huron Hub | Dec. 2, 2022

The Canadian Pacific holiday train trekked through the southeast Michigan area for the first time in three years.

New Boston resident and photographer Brett Marchel captured this photo of the train as it passed near the French Landing dam in Belleville on Thursday night.

Photo by Brett Marchel

I-275 update: Southbound ramps to close, one north and southbound lane open through mid-December



MDOT: “Expect major delays during the next two to three weeks.”

Posted by The Huron Hub | Nov. 22, 2022

The I-275 project is beginning preparations to switch traffic onto the newly built lanes of southbound I-275 from 6 Mile Road to Eureka Road.

Crews will be working on 20 entrance/exit ramps and move barrier wall along 14 miles of the work zone.

The work is weather dependent.

Expect major delays during the next two to three weeks.

Scope of the work:

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23

The southbound I-275 ramp to eastbound I-96 will be closed to allow crews to safely remove the concrete barrier wall at the ramp and remove and add pavement markings. Detours: take the Ann Arbor Road ramp, then go north on I-275 to eastbound I-96 or take westbound M-14 to Sheldon Road to reach eastbound M-14/I-96.

7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29

Southbound I-275 will be open but all entrance and exit ramps between 6 Mile Road and Eureka Road will be closed for two to three hours at a time, with the potential of multiple ramps closed at the same time. Drivers will need to plan extra time or take alternative routes. This includes work at I-96/M-14 and I-94.

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30

Southbound I-275 will have one lane open from 6 Mile Road to Eureka Road while crews shift traffic onto the newly rebuilt lanes. All entrance ramps onto southbound I-275 will have closures for approximately an hour at a time. Michigan State Police will be assisting with these closures. Expect major delays.

5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 – mid-December

Southbound I-275 will have one lane open from 5 Mile Road to Eureka Road and access at all ramps. Expect delays on I-275.

6:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 – mid-December

Northbound I-275 will have one lane open from Eureka Road to I-96/M-14 and access at all ramps.

Having one lane open in each direction will allow crews to move approximately 4,000 concrete barrier sections from one side of the road onto the new concrete to accommodate shared traffic.

Mid-December – Spring 2023

Northbound and southbound I-275 will have two lanes open in each direction on the newly built side with access at all ramps.


Detroit Metro Airport continues to see growth this holiday season

Press release posted by The Huron Hub | Nov. 22, 2022

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) is prepared to welcome nearly 4 million travelers this holiday season, an increase of more than 15 percent compared to last year. During the Thanksgiving travel period (Nov. 18 – 27), more than 800,000 passengers are expected. More than 1.3 million travelers are estimated to pass through DTW during the Christmas and New Year’s travel period (Dec. 18 – Jan. 2).

“Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport will be bustling with travelers this holiday season,” said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Chad Newton. “This will be our busiest holiday travel period since 2019 and we’re ready. We strive to exceed our customers’ expectations each day. The holidays are not any different. Everyone—from our airlines and federal security partners to our janitorial team, concessionaires, and Airport Authority staff—will do our best to make the travel experience as enjoyable as possible.”

This year, DTW completed the final phase of the multi-year, nearly $21 million Evans Terminal Dining Redevelopment Project with the opening of Outback Steakhouse. Customers are encouraged to enjoy the mix of local and national brand restaurants, as well as shop at the terminal’s unique retail locations while they wait for their flights. Visitors to the McNamara Terminal can enjoy the concessions there as well, while taking in the holiday music playing in the tunnel connecting Concourse A to Concourses B and C. Local musicians will also perform holiday favorites live in Concourse A on select days in December. The DTW Dogs Pet Therapy program launched earlier this year. Certified therapy dogs will be walking both terminals lifting spirits and the Airport Ambassadors will be assisting customers who need help navigating the airport.

While the DTW team will be prepared, travelers can also prepare for their trip to the airport by keeping a few tips in mind.
 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 Evans and McNamara 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. 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.
o Never leave your vehicle on the arrivals or departures curb unattended. Unattended
vehicles will be ticketed and towed.
o 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.
o 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:
tsa.gov/precheck
cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry o clearme.com

Finally, on behalf of the Airport Authority family, we wish you a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.

Freeze warning issued for Wayne County

Posted by The Huron Hub | Oct. 7, 2022

Freeze Warning for Wayne County

Issued by National Weather Service
Detroit, MI 3:20 PM EDT Fri, Oct 7, 2022

…FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 9 AM EDT SATURDAY…

  • WHAT…Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 30 expected.
  • WHERE…Southeast Michigan.
  • WHEN…From 2 AM to 9 AM EDT Saturday.
  • IMPACTS…Frost and freeze conditions will kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above- ground pipes to protect them from freezing.


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.