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catch22:
MDOT is planning on moving northbound I-275 traffic back to the rebuilt NB lanes on Monday, November 13.

All NB entrance and exit ramps to/from I-275 between Eureka Road and I-96/M-14 will be closed between 9AM and 3PM to accommodate the switch.

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MIDOT/bulletins/37a1bc0

wanderer2575:

--- Quote from: catch22 on November 09, 2023, 08:29:31 AM ---MDOT is planning on moving northbound I-275 traffic back to the rebuilt NB lanes on Monday, November 13.

All NB entrance and exit ramps to/from I-275 between Eureka Road and I-96/M-14 will be closed between 9AM and 3PM to accommodate the switch.

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MIDOT/bulletins/37a1bc0

--- End quote ---

The plan was to rebuild the northbound lanes to just south of the I-96/M-14 interchange this year, and from there to 5 Mile Road next year.  But the contractor did all of it this year.  There probably will be short-term closures next year for landscaping, removing crossovers, and such.

Meanwhile, reopening of the eastbound I-696 lanes between I-275 and Lahser Road has been pushed back from November 15th to December 2nd, according to the MI Drive website (mi.gov/drive).  There is still a good amount of concrete paving and other work to be done.  The center median hasn't been rebuilt, so I'm guessing it will reopen for the winter either with only three lanes in each direction or with lanes on both sides shifted to the right and using the shoulders.  The website shows reopening of the eastbound I-96 lanes between Kent Lake Road and I-275 also is scheduled for December 2nd.

JREwing78:
Last Thursday outside New Buffalo, Amtrak's Wolverine train #355 collided with a tow truck and the vehicle it was attempting to extricate from the grade crossing. Apparently 911 dispatch received two calls about the stranded car, but attributed it in error to the nearby CSX track based on a malfunction with their dispatch system. 911 dispatch notified CSX instead of Amtrak, and by the time the Amtrak engineers were able to spot the car it was too late to stop the train. The railroad is now reopened and the damaged rail equipment being hauled away.

More: https://www.trains.com/trn/news-reviews/news-wire/dispatching-center-error-played-part-in-amtrak-collision-and-derailment-in-michigan/

afguy:
Vote for your favorite Detroit songs as part of MDOT's Cass Avenue music sculpture


--- Quote ---The sculpture, titled “Sounds of Detroit,” will be installed along Cass Avenue at the southwest corner of the I-94 interchange, where MDOT is now rebuilding the overpass. The site is around the corner from United Sound Systems, the iconic recording facility purchased by the state agency in 2018.

Songs selected by the public will be featured on the sculpture, which is described as a “community-inspired design” with “serpentine lines representing sound waves.” Set for completion later in 2024, the sculpture is being designed by Cliff Garten Studio, a California firm that creates public art works. MDOT and the art studio were part of two recent neighborhood forums, where “there was a consensus that the narrative of the art should pay homage to the history of music in Detroit,” MDOT said in a Tuesday statement.

As for picking the songs? There are two ballots, and voters can select five titles from each: The first ballot features tracks recorded at United Sound by various artists, from Aretha Franklin to George Clinton to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The second is a general list of Detroit classics, including Motown, rock, hip-hop, techno and more.

There’s also a write-in option.
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https://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/music/brian-mccollum/2023/11/21/detroit-songs-sculpture-vote-mdot-united-sound/71669687007/

afguy:
MDOT is currently conducting a virtual open house for the CAV project along I-94 between Ann Arbor and Detroit. After reading that MDOT plans to take away an existing lane for this project, I can't support it. Traffic along this stretch is already heavy and now MDOT essentially wants to turn one of the lanes into an "tolled express lanes", is totally unacceptable imo.
https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/5910bbcc2ed24464a99168c13841ae03

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