Michigan to equip snow plows with GPS

MDOT will test GPS trackers on a set of snowplows during this winter season. The Southwest region maintenance crew, which consists of about 80 plow trucks, will be equipped with GPS technology that will enable people to view where the trucks are on the Mi Drive website. The Southwest region includes the plow trucks in Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties. Read More »

MDOT requests feedback for transportation program draft

The MDOT requested public feedback for the draft of its 2016-2020 Five-Year Transportation Program Friday. MDOT officials will soon give the draft to the State Transportation Commission for final approval, which will last until January. The draft is available on MDOT’s website. It includes all of the projects, their locations, descriptions and the planned years for implementation. Read More »

MDOT names Erick Kind engineer for Grand Region

MDOT appointed Erick Kind as its engineer for Grand Region Thursday. Kind’s new role makes him the top administrator for the area. He will oversee approximately 1,400 miles of trunkline throughout 13 west Michigan counties. He will also supervise 187 employees, a yearly maintenance budget amounting to $36 million and a capital program amounting to $80 million. Read More »

MDOT releases new research report

Leaders from the Michigan Department of Transportation published a new research report. The report is entitled “Research on Evaluation and Standardization of Accelerated Bridge Construction Techniques." There is now a full listing of research reports that MDOT has published between 1940 and 2015 available on the MDOT website. All of the reports are online in the form of PDFs. Read More »

Breitung Township rail crossing now exempt

A railroad crossing in Breitung Township in Dickinson County will now be signed as “exempt,” allowing trucks and buses that typically stop at the crossing to continue across the railroad tracks. The review of the Wisconsin Central (WC) crossing was completed by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). Third Street runs along US-141, just east of the highway. Read More »

Lear purchases Arada Systems

Lear Corporation recently acquired Arada Systems. Arada Systems is an automotive technology company located in Troy, Michigan. Its specialty is communications from Vehicle-to-Vehicle as well as Vehicle-to-Infrastructure. The acquired software as well as hardware solutions will allow Lear to conduct short range communications, such as wireless communications protocols as well as GPS. Read More »

Michigan DOT works to maintain state's movable bridges

The Michigan Department of Transportation is on a mission to preserve and maintain all of the state’s movable bridges, MDOT Bridge Management Engineer Rebecca Curtis said. With 12 movable bridges in MDOT’s current inventory, Curtis said the state’s movable bridges are unique not only from an engineering standpoint, “but also in that they represent large capital investments.”  Read More »

Successful bridge slide on M-100 in Potterville

The Michigan Department of Transportation successfully slid the M-100 bridge in Potterville into place Nov. 14. The purpose of a bridge slide is to cause less havoc on traffic during the weeks before construction. Bridge slides need only a single closure to complete, rather than a week of bad traffic. Current bridge replacement takes several months of detours and lane closures. Read More »

Southbound Interstate 75 reopens in Michigan

MDOT recently reopened southbound Interstate 75 as part of its successful expansion of the interstate. The road, which was closed from Hess Road to Dixie Highway, reopened Monday. The purpose was to prepare this segment of the road for the I-75 expansion between Hess Road to Dixie Highway. This is the first part of the two-year, $45 million project to expand the interstate. Read More »

MDOT receives award for rumble strip initiative

The Michigan Department of Transportation was awarded the National Roadway Award Monday for its rumble strip initiative that is designed to reduce crashes. After MDOT analyzed crash data between 2004 and 2007, they found that lane departure was about 50 percent of the state’s fatal crashes. Solving this problem meant launching a statewide initiative to add rumble strips to roads. Read More »

Amtrak to provide additional trains for Midwest holiday travel

Amtrak will add more trains to the typical schedule in order to meet the increased travel demands of holiday travelers throughout the Midwest region of the United States. The week of Thanksgiving is the busiest week of travel in the year. In 2014, Amtrak transported 772,211 passengers for the holiday. Since experts anticipate similar numbers for this year’s holiday. Read More »

M-100 scheduled to close in Potterville

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced that M-100 will be closed this coming weekend in Potterville. The closure will start today at 7 p.m. so that crews can begin an innovative construction technique: a bridge slide. The roadway will be reopened to traffic again on November 17 by 6 a.m. The detour route will use Lansing Road, Windsor Highway, and M-100. Read More »

Meeting slated for U.S. 31 bridge project in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Transportation has scheduled an informational public meeting on Nov. 24 to discuss an upgrade project for the U.S. 31 bascule bridge in Charlevoix in northern Michigan. The project, scheduled to start in late 2016, will involve painting the bridge's steel superstructure, repairing mechanical and electrical systems and improving bridge approaches. Read More »

Michigan opens improved I-75 interchange in Auburn Hills

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the city of Auburn Hills opened the new University Drive and Interstate 75 interchange in Auburn Hills on Tuesday. The new diverging diamond interchange (DDI) enables better safety for drivers who are entering or exiting the freeway. DDI erases conflict points, like left turns, and improves the safety of pedestrians. Read More »

Automotive News names its 100 leading women in auto industry

Automotive News released a special issue Monday celebrating its 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry and praising their accomplishments. The leading women come from 14 automotive disciplines. They range from designers to manufacturers to dealer principals to engineers. These women make formidable decisions and have a significant impact on their companies. Read More »

Michigan crews finish I-75 project in St. Ignace

Michigan Department Transportation crews finished pavement reconstruction on the Interstate 75 Business Loop (BL) in St. Ignace and repair work on the Castle Rock overpass, ending traffic restrictions in the section. The project repaired the railing, deck and substructure of the bridge and replaced the ramp aprons, pavement, gutters, guardrails and curbs on I-75. Read More »

U.S. 2 reconstruction project completed in Michigan

Officials from the city of Ironwood and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday for the reopening of U.S. 2 in Ironwood. The two-year $14.4-million project included lane widening, utility upgrades, construction of a center left-turn lane and sidewalks along U.S. 2, a major route connecting Michigan and Wisconsin. Read More »