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Michigan is in the process of implementing its vision for bringing traffic deaths in the state down to zero

IMG_0037It’s called Toward Zero Deaths, and it is intended to reduce roadway fatalities.

The initiative aims at changing driver behavior. Experts say driver behavior factors into nearly 90 percent of all crashes.

Gregg Brunner is the Associate Region Engineer for MDOT’s Bay region.

“And within Michigan there’s approximately 900 fatalities each year on our roadways. So what we’re doing is trying to go out and educate drivers, and move that 900 number within Michigan down to zero.”

Brunner says the strategy used will involve the four E’s, engineering, enforcement, education, and emergency response.

He says the campaign has been going on for a few years now, and has been implemented across several states.

Changes to road signs and stoplights has made it safer for older drivers in Michigan


The crash rate of drivers 65 and older has been reduced by more than 60 percent.

State officials say it’s the result of changes to road signs and stoplights

A study conducted by the Michigan Department of Transportation shows that changing signage font, color, and material has made it easier for older drivers to see. Continue reading

Petoskey will be the first city in Michigan to use a traffic safety device

Intertown Road in Petoskey. Photo courtesy of MDOT.

Intertown Road in Petoskey. Photo courtesy of MDOT.

One Petoskey intersection is expected be a little safer this fall. The city is scheduled to be the first in Michigan to receive a new traffic safety device.

It’s called a Rural Intersection Collision Avoidance System . It will be installed at a blind intersection on US-131 and Intertown Rd. Continue reading

Alpena County expecting to see new road and 15 new jobs


By next summer, Alpena County expects to see one new road, two new businesses and 15 new jobs.

The county has received a state grant to construct a road that will serve the limestone company and the microbrewery. The $300,000 matching grant comes from the Department of Transportation. The cost of the total project is $710,290. Continue reading

Audit slams MDOT over road warranties


A new report from the state auditor general takes the Michigan Department of Transportation to task. The report examines a warranty program to hold construction companies responsible for the quality of the roads they build. It says the state doesn’t follow up often enough with contractors to ensure problems are fixed. Continue reading

MDOT awards grants to help fund business expansions

bad-yellow-line-roadjpg-55a2be0a87eeea1d_largeA public / private investment will fund three road improvement projects in Huron and Lapeer counties this year, that will help several area businesses expand their operations.

The improvements will allow three companies to expand, creating 135 new full time jobs. Continue reading

Auditor General faults MDOT rail program for wasting millions

Photo courtesy of the Clare Railroad Depot.

Photo courtesy of the Clare Railroad Depot.

The state Auditor General says a program to launch local commuter rail programs has wasted many millions of dollars. The audit found the Michigan Department of Transportation missed out on applying for federal mass transit funds that could have defrayed the state’s costs, and failed to ensure all railway crossings are safe. Specifically to task for spending nearly 10 million dollars to refurbish rail cars that are sitting idle. Continue reading

New Ann Arbor to Traverse City passenger train idea being discussed

Photo courtesy of the Michigan Land Use Initiative.

Photo courtesy of the Michigan Land Use Initiative.

An exploratory project is being launched to bring back passenger train service to a rail line that still exists through central and northern Michigan.
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Libertarian thinktank ranks Michigan 32 in highways

Despite all of the construction Michigan drivers seem to encounter during the warmer months, the state has a mediocre highway system – this according to a national, libertarian thinktank organization.

A new report by the Reason Foundation ranks Michigan 32 in highway performance and cost-effectiveness.
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MDOT to replace overpasses using new technique


Something that often frustrates Michigan drivers, other than the weather, is construction.

The state is hoping to reduce frustration, and delays with new bridge replacement technology. Continue reading

The Michigan Department of Transportation is looking for “Road Watchers”

MDOT_TowPlow_405818_7 Winter Michigan highway courtesy of Michigan Department of Transportation. [/caption]Michigan Department of Transportation has found a new way to get feedback on conditions of northern Michigan roads in the winter.
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