Wednesday, January 16, 2013
#MetroMerge will allow residents and MDOT to interact on transportation issues.
The Michigan Department of Transportation has launched a new blog to allow residents to talk about transportation issues. The blog, #MetroMerge, is MDOT's hope to increase outreach to residents of MDOT's Metro Region, which includes Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and St. Clair counties. It can be read at www.michigan.gov/metromerge. MDOT already has a dedicated MDOT Metro Region Twitter site: www.twitter.com/MDOT_MetroDet. "To expand our social media footprint we have created an informal community page as a way to share information with you on all things transportation-related in the Metro Detroit Region," said Metro Region Engineer Tony Kratofil. "Through this blog we will be able to share the most up-to-date news with the public and respond to …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The YouTube video was created to help motorists understand speed limits in work zones.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), in partnership with the Michigan State Police (MSP), has posted a new safety video to the MDOT YouTube channel to help motorists understand speed limits in freeway work zones. "Working with our partners, we developed a sign strategy for improving safety along our freeways," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle, president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). "These signs are designed to help save lives, but only if motorists do their part and drive responsibly." The "Where Workers Present 45" speed limit applies when workers or active equipment are within about one vehicle width of the line of barrels in the work zone. If there is …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
A sign installed by the Michigan Department of Transportation at the intersection of Coolidge Highway and Woodward Avenue settles one debate and raises another.
Over the years the Royal Oak Police Department has received a number of calls regarding the intersection of Coolidge Highway and Woodward Avenue. Drivers heading west on Coolidge would ring police wanting to know if it was OK to turn left on a red light after traffic cleared. A new "No Turn on Red" traffic sign installed by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in mid-June definitively answers the question, but it's raising other concerns. "We would get calls from drivers saying 'I always turn left on red. Am I going to get a ticket?' and then other drivers said, 'I never turn on red and the cars behind me always start honking,' " said Sgt. Al Carter of the Royal Oak Police. Carter said the answer used to be yes – you could turn…
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Michigan Department of Transportation is suspending a slew of construction projects across the state to help ease traffic flow for holiday commuters.
The Michigan Department of Transportation is lifting traffic restrictions on 100 of 155 projects statewide to alleviate traffic woes for Fourth of July travels. From 3 p.m. July 3 to 6 a.m. July 5, MDOT will suspend construction wherever possible on state roads and bridges. "Be sure to plan ahead, buckle up, and put the cell phone away while driving so everyone gets to their destination safely," Michigan Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle said in a prepared statement. During the holiday, the following 55 work zones will have active lane restrictions in place, according to to MDOT: Upper Peninsula Northern Lower Michigan West Michigan Southwest Michigan Central Michigan and Thumb Southern Michigan City of Detroit Wayne County…
Monday, January 16, 2012
Lanes on eastbound and westbound 12 Mile Road under I-75 are expected to remain closed into March.
Royal Oak residents who get onto Interstate 75 at 12 Mile Road may want to seek an alternate route beginning Monday. Urgent structural repairs to the I-75 bridges over 12 Mile Road in Madison Heights begin at 6 a.m. Monday. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) reports the right lanes on eastbound and westbound 12 Mile Road under I-75 are expected to remain closed until early February. MDOT reminds the public that the lane closures on 12 Mile Road will last into March. In early February, the single right-lane closure will switch over to the left lanes. Click here for more information on the structural repair schedule.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Motorists can expect delays through mid-March, MDOT says.
Urgent structural repairs to the Interstate 75 bridges over 12 Mile Road in Madison Heights will begin Jan. 16, requiring various lanes closures through mid-March, the Michigan Department of Transportation said. The repair work will require around-the-clock lane closures on 12 Mile Road until mid-March, along with lane closures and traffic shifts on I-75, according to MDOT. Deficiencies in the support mechanisms of the I-75 bridge over 12 Mile Road were discovered during a routine inspection of the bridge. MDOT inspects older bridges every six months. Newer bridges get inspected every two years. The bridge is question is inspected yearly, MDOT spokesman Rob Morosi said. On Jan. 16, crews will close lanes on 12 Mile Road to move in …
Friday, September 30, 2011
Position of sun — as well as host of other autumn driving hazards — makes driving more dangerous in the fall.
Have you been driving home from work recently, turned a corner and been blinded by sun glare? According to the Michigan Department of Transportatin (MDOT), that's a sign that fall is here. According to MDOT, the sun rises and sets closer to the horizon and almost exactly in the east and west in the fall, making driving difficult — and dangerous — if you happen to heading in either direction. Intense glare from the sun on the horizon can blind drivers, causing unexpected slowdowns. Combined with other fall safety hazards, like fallen leaves and frost, coming home from work might be more dangerous than you think. To help drivers, MDOT brings Michigan drivers these tips for driving with glare: What else should you look out for? In addition, …
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
$400,000 MDOT-funded work aims to make busy intersection safer.
Work is to begin this week on Woodward Avenue at 12 Mile Road on a $400,000 project that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) says is intended to improve pedestrian safety in Royal Oak and Berkley. MDOT said construction is expected to be completed in mid-September and include: During construction, motorists should expect the following restrictions: Also coming this summer: 12 Mile Road will be resurfaced from Woodward east to Main Street, including public sidewalk ADA ramp improvements, replacement of deteriorated curb and replacement of public sidewalk adjacent to deteriorated curb, the city engineer said. According to a letter from City Engineer Elden Danielson to the City Commission, the improvements along 12 Mile will be …