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  • Travel Update 121009

    Posted by Tim Abramowski
    ALL CLEAR a/o 11:27am All three lanes of eastbound I-94 are closed at Mile Marker 25, east of Stevensville, for three semis jack-knifed across the freeway. The trucks are being cleared and the lanes likely will reopen to traffic by 2 p.m. today. Motorists are encouraged to seek an alternate route. Thanks to Tipsters....Jack-knife semi on EB 94 at Sprinkle Rd. Watch for Back Up!
  • update Driving Conditions 12-10-09

    Posted by Tim Abramowski

    Thanks to tipster Reports....

    SB US-131 Truck on its side by the Parkview St. Overpass.

    US 131 snow covered and slippery.

    EB I-94, traffic has stopped at Sprinkle Rd.

    Reported Spin outs on Portage Rd. near Gourdneck Lake

     

  • Driving Conditions 12-10-09

    Posted by Tim Abramowski

    Thanks to tipster Reports....

    US 131 snow covered and slippery.

    EB I-94, traffic has stopped at Sprinkle Rd.

     

  • Driving Conditions 12-09-09

    Posted by Tim Abramowski

    Accord to the website of the Michigan State Police - 5th District Regional Dispatch Center in Paw Paw...expect Icy, Snow Covered roads and Blowing Snow conditions. Use Caution. Driving too fast for conditions is the #1 cause of traffic crashes during inclement winter weather.

    WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
    -

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND RAPIDS HAS ISSUED A
    BLIZZARD WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
    4 PM EST THURSDAY.

    BARRY-VAN BUREN-KALAMAZOO-OTTAWA-KENT-ALLEGAN

     * ALL TRAVEL SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY THIS AFTERNOON.

     * TRAVEL WILL BE MOST SEVERELY IMPACTED LATE THIS AFTERNOON AS
       SNOW... BLOWING SNOW...AND RAPIDLY FALLING TEMPERATURES OCCUR
       NEAR THE TIME OF THE AFTERNOON COMMUTE. BLIZZARD CONDITIONS
       ARE LIKELY THROUGHOUT THE EVENING...ESPECIALLY ALONG U.S.
       HIGHWAY 131.

     * POWER OUTAGES WILL BE POSSIBLE TONIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING
       DUE TO THE STRONG GUSTY WINDS.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

     * IT WOULD BE BEST NOT TO TRAVEL TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY.

     * IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND
       WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

     * A BLIZZARD WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OR
       FREQUENT GUSTS OF OVER 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH CONSIDERABLE
       FALLING AND/OR BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. VISIBILITIES WILL
       BECOME POOR... WITH WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES. THOSE
       VENTURING OUTDOORS MAY BECOME LOST OR DISORIENTED... SO
       PERSONS IN THE WARNING AREA ARE ADVISED TO STAY INDOORS.

  • Travel Kit Suggestions

    Posted by Tim Abramowski

    AAA of Michigan
    Winter Survival Kit Suggestions
     
    Coffee Can Furnace (the candle generates heat)
    Carpet Strips (for traction under drive wheels)
    Boots
    Ice Scraper & Brush
    Flares & Reflectors
    Jumper Cables
    Newspapers (great insulation when placed between skin and clothing)
    Shovel and Sand or Cat Litter (for traction)
    Tools & Flashlight
    First Aid Kit
    Food & Blanket
    Tire Chains (for use on secondary roads only)

    Remember, it’s usually best to remain with a stranded vehicle rather than to risk exposure or become lost while walking for help.

  • PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

    Posted by Tim Abramowski

    URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI

    VAN BUREN-KALAMAZOO-BARRY

    ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO

    4 AM EST WEDNESDAY...

    IMPACTS...

    * ROADS WILL LIKELY BECOME SNOW COVERED BY LATE THIS AFTERNOON

    POSSIBLY IMPACTING THE TAIL END OF THE COMMUTE HOME.

    * TRAVEL WILL BE MOST SEVERELY IMPACTED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND

    NIGHT AS SNOW... BLOWING SNOW...AND RAPIDLY FALLING

    TEMPERATURES OCCUR NEAR THE TIME OF THE AFTERNOON COMMUTE. NEAR

    BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE THROUGHOUT THE

    EVENING...ESPECIALLY ALONG U.S. HIGHWAY 131.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    * IT WOULD BE BEST NOT TO TRAVEL THIS EVENING OR FROM LATE

    WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY THURSDAY MORNING.

    * IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND

    WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

    * A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW...

    SLEET...OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE

    PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND

    USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

  • Construction for 12-08-09

    Posted by Tim Abramowski
    Southwest Region Closures

    I-196

    Rest Area Closure - Tue 6/2/09, 6 AM to Sat 12/12/09, 5 PM
    Glenn Rest Area on northbound I-196
    Details:   The rest area is closed for reconstruction.  This project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA.)
    Contact:   Kalamazoo TSC 269-375-8900
    Allegan County
    Expires in 4 days.  Last updated: 11/30/09 1:43 PM

    I-69

    Lane Shift - Mon 5/4/09, 6 AM to Sat 12/19/09, 7 PM
    I-69 southbound off ramp to I-94 westbound
    Details:   Ramp narrowing for pavement repairs and shoulder paving.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 12 feet wide
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 11 days.  Last updated: 11/19/09 2:38 PM
    Lane Shift - Mon 5/4/09, 6 AM to Sat 12/19/09, 7 PM
    I-69 southbound off ramp to I-94 eastbound
    Details:   Ramp narrowing for pavement repairs and shoulder pavement.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 12 feet wide
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 11 days.  Last updated: 11/19/09 2:41 PM
    Lane Shift - Mon 5/4/09, 6 AM to Sat 12/19/09, 7 PM
    I-69 northbound off ramp to I-94 westbound
    Details:   Ramp narrowing for pavement repairs and shoulder paving.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 12 feet wide
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 11 days.  Last updated: 11/19/09 2:37 PM
    Lane Shift - Mon 5/4/09, 6 AM to Sat 12/19/09, 7 PM
    I-69 northbound off ramp to I-94 eastbound
    Details:   Ramp narrowing for pavement repairs and shoulder paving.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 12 feet wide
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 11 days.  Last updated: 11/19/09 2:38 PM

    I-94

    Lane Shift - Tue 11/10/09, 12 AM to Sat 1/16/10, 12 AM
    I-94 eastbound 1/2 mile west of exit 95 and 1 mile east of exit 98
    Details:   There is a lane shift for the construction of the new Riverside Drive bridges. No overweight loads over Riverside Bridge at Mile 97.5.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 8.6 feet wide
    Nothing over 13.6 feet high
    Work will take place at night
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 39 days.  Last updated: 11/30/09 1:35 PM
    Single Lane Closure - Wed 5/6/09, 6 AM to Sat 12/19/09, 7 PM
    Eastbound I-94 1/2 mile east of exit 104 and one mile east of exit 110
    Details:   Possible night lane closures for pavement smoothness grinding.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 12 feet wide
    Work will take place at night
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 11 days.  Last updated: 11/30/09 1:30 PM
    Single Lane Closure - Wed 5/6/09, 6 AM to Sat 12/19/09, 7 PM
    Westbound I-94 1/2 mile east of exit 104 and one mile east of Exit 110
    Details:   Possible night lane closures for pavement smoothness grinding.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 12 feet wide
    Work will take place at night
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 11 days.  Last updated: 11/30/09 1:31 PM
    Lane Shift - Mon 5/4/09, 6 AM to Sat 12/19/09, 7 PM
    I-94 westbound off ramp to I-69 southbound
    Details:   Ramp narrowing for pavement repairs and shoulder paving.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 12 feet wide
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 11 days.  Last updated: 11/19/09 2:43 PM
    Lane Shift - Mon 5/4/09, 6 AM to Sat 12/19/09, 7 PM
    I-94 westbound off ramp to I-69 northbound
    Details:   Ramp narrowing for pavement repairs and shoulder paving.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 12 feet wide
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 11 days.  Last updated: 11/19/09 2:43 PM
    Lane Shift - Mon 5/4/09, 6 AM to Sat 12/19/09, 7 PM
    I-94 eastbound off ramp to I-69 northbound
    Details:   Ramp narrowing for pavement repairs and shoulder paving.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 12 feet wide
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 11 days.  Last updated: 11/19/09 2:42 PM
    Lane Shift - Mon 5/4/09, 6 AM to Sat 12/19/09, 7 PM
    I-94 eastbound off ramp to I-69 southbound
    Details:   Ramp narrowing for pavement repairs and shoulder paving.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 12 feet wide
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 11 days.  Last updated: 11/19/09 2:42 PM
    Lane Shift - Mon 4/13/09, 12 AM to Sat 1/16/10, 12 AM
    I-94 westbound 1/2 mile west of Exit 95 and 1 mile east of Exit 98
    Details:   There is a lane shift for the construction of the Riverside Drive bridges. No overweight loads over Riverside Bridge at mile 97.5.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 8.6 feet wide
    Nothing over 13.6 feet high
    Work will take place at night
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 39 days.  Last updated: 11/30/09 1:34 PM
    Rest Area Closure - Tue 1/27/09, 12 AM to Wed 3/31/10, 5 PM
    Coloma Rest Area off of eastbound I-94 near Mile Marker 36
    Details:   Closed indefinitely for determination of the facility.  
    Contact:   Coloma TSC 269-849-1165
    Berrien County
    Expires in 113 days.  Last updated: 9/28/09 9:21 AM
  • Accident-NB Sprinkle Rd

    Posted by Tim Abramowski

    Accident has CLEARED !

    Wreckers on the way

    Thanks to KZO Traffic Tipster   accident reported on northbound Sprinkle Rd just past the Business Loop...

    Tipster telling NB is CLOSED due to accident

     

  • Slippery Conditions I94 Hartford

    Posted by Tim Abramowski

    According to Tipsters and Van Buren County Sheriff, numerous slide-off reported on WB I-94 in the Hartford area. Roughly Mile Marker 52 - to - 45

     

  • Construction for 12-07-09

    Posted by Tim Abramowski
    Southwest Region Closures

    I-196

    Rest Area Closure - Tue 6/2/09, 6 AM to Sat 12/12/09, 5 PM
    Glenn Rest Area on northbound I-196
    Details:   The rest area is closed for reconstruction.  This project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA.)
    Contact:   Kalamazoo TSC 269-375-8900
    Allegan County
    Expires in 5 days.  Last updated: 11/30/09 1:43 PM

    I-69

    Lane Shift - Mon 5/4/09, 6 AM to Sat 12/19/09, 7 PM
    I-69 southbound off ramp to I-94 westbound
    Details:   Ramp narrowing for pavement repairs and shoulder paving.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 12 feet wide
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 12 days.  Last updated: 11/19/09 2:38 PM
    Lane Shift - Mon 5/4/09, 6 AM to Sat 12/19/09, 7 PM
    I-69 southbound off ramp to I-94 eastbound
    Details:   Ramp narrowing for pavement repairs and shoulder pavement.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 12 feet wide
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 12 days.  Last updated: 11/19/09 2:41 PM
    Lane Shift - Mon 5/4/09, 6 AM to Sat 12/19/09, 7 PM
    I-69 northbound off ramp to I-94 westbound
    Details:   Ramp narrowing for pavement repairs and shoulder paving.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 12 feet wide
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 12 days.  Last updated: 11/19/09 2:37 PM
    Lane Shift - Mon 5/4/09, 6 AM to Sat 12/19/09, 7 PM
    I-69 northbound off ramp to I-94 eastbound
    Details:   Ramp narrowing for pavement repairs and shoulder paving.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 12 feet wide
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 12 days.  Last updated: 11/19/09 2:38 PM

    I-94

    Lane Shift - Tue 11/10/09, 12 AM to Sat 1/16/10, 12 AM
    I-94 eastbound 1/2 mile west of exit 95 and 1 mile east of exit 98
    Details:   There is a lane shift for the construction of the new Riverside Drive bridges. No overweight loads over Riverside Bridge at Mile 97.5.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 8.6 feet wide
    Nothing over 13.6 feet high
    Work will take place at night
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 40 days.  Last updated: 11/30/09 1:35 PM
    Single Lane Closure - Wed 5/6/09, 6 AM to Sat 12/19/09, 7 PM
    Eastbound I-94 1/2 mile east of exit 104 and one mile east of exit 110
    Details:   Possible night lane closures for pavement smoothness grinding.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 12 feet wide
    Work will take place at night
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 12 days.  Last updated: 11/30/09 1:30 PM
    Single Lane Closure - Wed 5/6/09, 6 AM to Sat 12/19/09, 7 PM
    Westbound I-94 1/2 mile east of exit 104 and one mile east of Exit 110
    Details:   Possible night lane closures for pavement smoothness grinding.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 12 feet wide
    Work will take place at night
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 12 days.  Last updated: 11/30/09 1:31 PM
    Lane Shift - Mon 5/4/09, 6 AM to Sat 12/19/09, 7 PM
    I-94 westbound off ramp to I-69 southbound
    Details:   Ramp narrowing for pavement repairs and shoulder paving.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 12 feet wide
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 12 days.  Last updated: 11/19/09 2:43 PM
    Lane Shift - Mon 5/4/09, 6 AM to Sat 12/19/09, 7 PM
    I-94 westbound off ramp to I-69 northbound
    Details:   Ramp narrowing for pavement repairs and shoulder paving.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 12 feet wide
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 12 days.  Last updated: 11/19/09 2:43 PM
    Lane Shift - Mon 5/4/09, 6 AM to Sat 12/19/09, 7 PM
    I-94 eastbound off ramp to I-69 northbound
    Details:   Ramp narrowing for pavement repairs and shoulder paving.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 12 feet wide
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 12 days.  Last updated: 11/19/09 2:42 PM
    Lane Shift - Mon 5/4/09, 6 AM to Sat 12/19/09, 7 PM
    I-94 eastbound off ramp to I-69 southbound
    Details:   Ramp narrowing for pavement repairs and shoulder paving.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 12 feet wide
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 12 days.  Last updated: 11/19/09 2:42 PM
    Lane Shift - Mon 4/13/09, 12 AM to Sat 1/16/10, 12 AM
    I-94 westbound 1/2 mile west of Exit 95 and 1 mile east of Exit 98
    Details:   There is a lane shift for the construction of the Riverside Drive bridges. No overweight loads over Riverside Bridge at mile 97.5.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 8.6 feet wide
    Nothing over 13.6 feet high
    Work will take place at night
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 40 days.  Last updated: 11/30/09 1:34 PM
    Rest Area Closure - Tue 1/27/09, 12 AM to Wed 3/31/10, 5 PM
    Coloma Rest Area off of eastbound I-94 near Mile Marker 36
    Details:   Closed indefinitely for determination of the facility.  
    Contact:   Coloma TSC 269-849-1165
    Berrien County
    Expires in 114 days.  Last updated: 9/28/09 9:21 AM
  • Road Condition on I-94

    Posted by Tim Abramowski

    Several multiple-vehicle accidents have closed eastbound and westbound I-94 between mile markers 80 and 88.

    Motorists are advised to use Exit 78 (Portage Road) and Exit 92 (Columbia Avenue) to exit I-94.

    Eastbound traffic should follow Kilgore Road/East N Avenue east, 34th Street north, East MN Avenue east and Mercury Drive north to get back onto I-94.

    Westbound traffic should follow Mercury Drive south, East MN Avenue west, 34th Street south and East N Avenue west to get back onto I-94.

  • Road Conditions

    Posted by Tim Abramowski

    Thanks to tipster: West of Kalamazoo, very snowy and slippery. Traffic flow on M-43 was slow...with an average speed of 35-40 mph.

    Van Buren County Sheriff's Dept. urging motorists to use caution. Roads are snow covered and slippery.

    I-94 east of Kalamazoo. Numerous reports of Slide off's being called in from tipsters. WB 94 at MM 88 at stand still right now