As Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) employees monitor ice falling from the cables and towers, hoping they can reopen to traffic soon, another round of unseasonable weather threatens to coat the bridge in ice once again.
The Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Michigan Freight Plan, a supplement to the 2035 MI Transportation Plan, is being updated to meet new requirements in the most recent federal transportation authorization bill, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The existing freight plan is available for public review on the Michigan Freight Plan website at: www.michigan.gov/freightplan.
The public is invited to send comments on the existing plan via the comment box on the website. The updated plan will be available for review and comment in August, with a public webinar currently scheduled in September. The Public Involvement Plan can be found at the above link. More
Effective 6 a.m. April 4, weight restrictions will be lifted on all state trunkline highways from the southern Michigan border north to and including the Mackinac Bridge. Weight restrictions will still be in effect and will be imposed on all state trunklines in the Upper Peninsula until 6 a.m. April 5, when weight restrictions will be further lifted to include all state trunkline highways from the Mackinac Bridge north to and including US-2 from Iron Mountain to St. Ignace. Frost restrictions will remain in effect and will be enforced on all state trunkline highways north of US-2 and on M-185 on Mackinac Island. State trunkline highways typically carry M, I, or US designations. More
An open house-style meeting to inform the public on project progress and gather community input on the future I-94 modernization project in Detroit. The public will be able to provide feedback on proposed modifications under consideration based on input received during the 2015 meetings. More
This continues the improvement of state-owned railroad infrastructure as part of Michigan’s Accelerated Rail Program and will result in improved reliability and a smoother ride for customers, along with an expansion of the Midwest’s first 110 mph Amtrak service. More
More than 300 schools in Michigan will join students around the country to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Walk to School Day. Thousands of Michigan students, along with their parents, teachers and community leaders, are expected to participate.
“Walk to School Day is a simple way for schools to encourage students and parents to walk to school. This event is a great first step in planning Safe Routes to School activities and helps schools initiate and reinforce a permanent culture of walking and biking among students,” said Meg Thomas-Ackerman, the Michigan Fitness Foundation’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) director. “The Michigan Fitness Foundation is thrilled to partner with MDOT to help make Michigan one of the states with the most schools participating in Walk to School Day.” More
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is seeking public comment on its draft 2016-2020 Five-Year Transportation Program. The draft document includes information about MDOT’s funding picture and a list of specific transportation projects planned for the next five years in each of MDOT’s seven regions. You can view the location, description and proposed construction year for upcoming projects on an interactive map available online at www.michigan.gov/mdot5yearplan. More