Wednesday, April 17, 2013
There were more than 4,000 accidents last year in work zones across the state, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Slowing down, concentrating and adhering to roadside warnings could help prevent thousands of accidents in Michigan work zones. Michigan Department of Transportation released sobering statistics Wednesday during National Work Zone Awareness Week. Last year, there were 4,530 crashes, 1,149 injuries, and 15 fatalities in Michigan work zones compared to 4,633 crashes, 1,312 injuries and 18 fatalities in 2011, according to MDOT. "Crashes were down across the board for 2012 but too many people are still at risk of serious injury and death," State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle said in a prepared statement. "The majority of the responsibility to create a safe environment is on the driver more than anyone. Eliminating distractions save …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
The Michigan Department of Transportation offers a quick, simple way to sign up for construction news, traffic alerts and news releases.
Sunday, March 24
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is offering a quick and simple way to sign up for construction news, traffic alerts and news releases from the department. Signing up is free and easy. Just click on the red "Sign up for e-mail from MDOT" envelope icon on the home page of the MDOT Web site. GovDelivery subscribers will be able to manage their subscriptions and sign up to receive messages on a wide range of topics, including Aeronautics news, information for contractors, and traffic alerts for major highways. You can unsubscribe or make changes in your preferences anytime. You also can sign up to get the information delivered to your computer or smartphone via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook or text alert. If you already are a …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Change in federal grant program delays project; council and DDA members believe splitting project over 2013 and 2014 would harm businesses.
It’s official — Fenton’s Streetscape project will begin in early spring 2014. City council approved the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) recommendation, to have the construction take place over one season instead of two, and to wait until 2014 to try to secure up to $1.5 million in grant funding. DDA Director Michael Burns, also assistant city manager, said the DDA has been working on Streetscape since 2010. It intended the project to begin this spring and for construction to take place in 2013, but the federal government changed how a grant program Fenton applied for is set up. Fenton has support for up to $500,000 through the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) through this grant program, which it applied for in April, Burns…
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Issues include two construction seasons (in 2013 and 2014) or one (2014) and up to $1.5 million in grant funding for waiting until 2014, DDA director says.
The Fenton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) could pay $500,000 to $1.5 million more for the Streetscape project, if construction begins in spring 2013, DDA Director Michael Burns told city council on Monday. Because of changes in federal funding, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has been delayed in confirming a $500,000 grant for Fenton, as MDOT explores how the new grant program works. In addition, while the city is waiting to begin Streetscape, it could apply for up to 80 percent of Streetscape road construction funding from the 2014 Genesee County Transportation Improvement Program, Burns said. This is the program that funded Silver Parkway improvements three years ago, North Leroy Street construction and part of …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The $1.5 million project is 95 percent complete, DPW director says.
Rain on Friday meant the paving on North Leroy Street finished Sunday, leaving the approximately $1.5 million project 95 percent complete, Fenton Department of Public Works Director Daniel Czarnecki said Monday. Adding traffic lane lines and new signs, and doing restoration work and cleaning need to be done, he said. A final inspection will take place before the last payments are made. The city contributed $280,000 of the funding, with $1.12 million coming through federal transportation funds. Including engineering costs, the project cost over $1.5 million. Next year’s Streetscape Project will make the North Leroy one look rather small, Czarnecki added. The North Leroy project began May 14, and the road was open Sunday, said Councilman Les…
Friday, August 31, 2012
Purpose is to make travel easier for 1.2 million motorists, officials say.
It's good news for Labor Day weekend travelers -- beginning at 3 p.m. today and continuing until 6 a.m. Tuesday, MDOT will suspend construction wherever possible on state roads and bridges. This will make travel easier for the 1.2 million motorists that AAA Michigan estimates will travel at least 50 miles away from home during the popular end-of-the-summer holiday, MDOT has reported on its website. To help make this holiday weekend a safe and enjoyable one, motorists are advised to minimize distractions while driving, obey the posted speed limits, and pay close attention to road signs and orange barrels as they navigate construction zones. "We urge all motorists to drive with caution through work zones during this busy summer holiday …