August 2009 Archives

Construction update: week of 8/31

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I-96 logo small.jpgI-96: Resurfacing continues WESTBOUND between CASCADE RD and M-21/FULTON ST, but only overnights. Watch for lane closures now through Wednesday (9/2) between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Resurfacing continues EASTBOUND overnights between CASCADE RD and LEONARD ST.




I-196: Overnight lane closures both EASTBOUND and WESTBOUND between the 32ND AVE/HUDSONVILLE exit and the 64TH AVE bridge 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. through Thursday morning (9/3).





Business_Loop_196 100x80.jpgI-196 BUSINESS LOOP: More repaving again on the highway between Zeeland and Holland, but lane closures will be in place only at night. Watch for them between the MACATAWA RIVER BRIDGE and US-31 through Wednesday (9/2) 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.





I-94 logo 75x75.jpgI-94: Pavement repairs will cause the closure of the right lane on EASTBOUND I-94 weekdays between Mile Marker 47 and Mile Marker 56 from now through September 18 round the clock except afternoon rush, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.



Friday and weekend construction changes

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The ramp from EASTBOUND LAKE MICHIGAN DR to EASTBOUND I-196 is closed for the weekend until 6 a.m. Monday (8/31).

Detour: Just after I-196 on EASTBOUND LAKE MICHIGAN DR, bear left onto BRIDGE ST. Continue EAST to LANE AVE. Enter EASTBOUND I-196.

I-196: The exit and entrance ramps on WESTBOUND I-196 at 32ND AVE/HUDSONVILLE closed overnight Saturday (8/29) from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday.

Detour: Exit early at M-6, take M-6 EAST and exit at 8TH AVE. Go SOUTH to BYRON RD, then WEST to 32ND AVE.



M-6: The ramp from WESTBOUND M-6 to EASTBOUND I-196 will be closed 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday (8/29).

Detour: Continue onto WESTBOUND I-196, exit at 32ND AVE/HUDSONVILLE, turn around and enter EASTBOUND I-196 from 32ND AVE.

British crash dramatization against texting while driving goes viral

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Sarah Brodhead called my attention to this video.

Produced by former BBC producer Peter Watkins-Hughes, it's graphic by American standards. In the U.S., we call this a "PSA," public service announcement, but when they are broadcast they are only 30 or 60 seconds. This one is over four minutes.

It's a dramatization, and some might see it as melodramatic.

If it gets people to stop distracting themselves while driving, who cares if it's melodramatic?

Remember, it's graphic (occupants get pretty well bloodied up).



In Denver, somebody wanted to take advantage of the Cash for Clunkers program, so he or she turned in ... a Maserati.

But as you will see, this one isn't glamorous.

It doesn't even run all that well.

Yes, it's a Clunker.

When you play the video, you may have to sit through a commercial for a Denver Toyota dealer.







And now, your video bonus: Cow Traffic.



UPDATE: Leonard @ Plainfield, few good choices

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There's an unbelievable list of new construction notices for this weekend and next week, thanks to Recovery Act money:


grand rapids city logo.jpgGrand Rapids: The intersection of LEONARD ST and PLAINFIELD AVE is closed now until Wednesday (8/26) 7pm for work on the railroad tracks that diagonally bisect the junction.

North-South Detour: Good luck. LAFAYETTE AVE is closed under I-196. You have a better chance taking MONROE AVE north out of downtown Grand Rapids or south from Riverside Park. I just leap-frog the whole mess by taking US-131.

East-West Detour: Eastbound, you need to go north on MONROE AVE to SWEET ST, east to LAFAYETTE AVE, south to LEONARD ST. Westbound, do the reverse.

Grand Rapids: Robinson Rd CLOSED from Lakeside Dr to Woodward Lane for sewer repair on Tuesday (8/25).





I-196: Overnight repaving continues next week between the 64TH AVE bridge and the Kent/Ottawa County line, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Friday (8/24-8/28).

I-196: This week, the ramp from WESTBOUND I-196 to EASTBOUND M-6 will be closed overnight for repaving, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Wednesday through Thursday (8/26-8/27).

I-196: This week, the ramp from WESTBOUND M-6 to EASTBOUND I-196 will be closed overnight for repaving, 7p.m. to 7 a.m. Thursday and Friday (8/27-8/28).

I-196: The EASTBOUND right lane of I-196 will be closed for guardrail repair on the bridges over VALLEY AVE and GARFIELD AVE, which is between the LAKE MICHIGAN DRIVE and LANE AVENUE exits. The lane closures will be Monday and Tuesday (8/24-8/25) 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.





M-45 80x80.jpgM-45/Lake Michigan Drive: The right lane of WESTBOUND LAKE MICHIGAN DRIVE will be closed for guardrail repair Wednesday and Thursday (8/26-8/27) on the bridge over the GRAND RIVER from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ramp and lane closures abound this weekend and next week

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There's an unbelievable list of new construction notices for this weekend and next week, thanks to Recovery Act money:


grand rapids city logo.jpgGrand Rapids: The intersection of LEONARD ST and PLAINFIELD AVE is closed now until Wednesday (8/26) 7pm for work on the railroad tracks that diagonally bisect the junction.
Detour: use either LAFAYETTE AVE or MONROE AVE for north-south travel. On LEONARD ST, I just don't know what to tell you. Eastbound, you need to go north on MONROE AVE to SWEET ST, east to LAFAYETTE AVE, south to LEONARD ST. Westbound, do the reverse.

Grand Rapids: Robinson Rd CLOSED from Lakeside Dr to Woodward Lane for sewer repair on Tuesday (8/25).





Grandville: 28TH ST under I-196 will be reduced to one lane in each direction this weekend from Friday night (8/21) until 6am Monday (8/24). Expect the occasional clog.





I-196: The exit and entrance ramps at 32ND AVE on EASTBOUND I-196 will be closed from Friday night (8/21) until 6am Monday (8/24).
Detour: On EASTBOUND I-196, exit at M-6 EASTBOUND, exit at 8TH AVE, north to CHICAGO DR, west to 32ND AVE.

I-196: Overnight repaving continues next week between the 64TH AVE bridge and the Kent/Ottawa County line, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Friday (8/24-8/28).

I-196: Next week, the ramp from WESTBOUND I-196 to EASTBOUND M-6 will be closed overnight for repaving, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Wednesday through Thursday (8/26-8/27).

I-196: Next week, the ramp from WESTBOUND M-6 to EASTBOUND I-196 will be closed overnight for repaving, 7p.m. to 7 a.m. Thursday and Friday (8/27-8/28).

I-196: The EASTBOUND right lane of I-196 will be closed for guardrail repair on the bridges over VALLEY AVE and GARFIELD AVE, which is between the LAKE MICHIGAN DRIVE and LANE AVENUE exits. The lane closures will be Monday and Tuesday (8/24-8/25) 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.





M-45 80x80.jpgM-45/Lake Michigan Drive: The right lane of WESTBOUND LAKE MICHIGAN DRIVE will be closed for guardrail repair Wednesday and Thursday (8/26-8/27) on the bridge over the GRAND RIVER from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

New video: Little expert in parallel parking + Crunching clunkers

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Today's video:

This little guy has become a master at the Hollywood Parallel Park:





And then there's the Oklahoma dealer who decided to dispose of his clunkers in a fitting Western way:
 

Traffic Video: There IS a car out there + Vanity Shots

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My Hawaiian shirts make it to morning radio (watch video)

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Todd Chance and the morning crew at 105.3 HOT-FM had FOX 17's Michele DeSelms on the show recently, kinda co-hosting.

Part of the gig included a "Teleprompter Challenge," as in, read this script cold.

Not only was Michele flawless (when is she not?), but the script included my shirts!


Looking ahead: Weekend closures and more coming next week

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US-131 logo 100x80.jpgUS-131: What remains of the old 44TH ST bridge over the freeway must be demolished, so this weekend US-131 will be closed at 44TH ST overnight Friday and Saturday. The closure runs from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. Because the ramps are also being reconstructed, all traffic will be routed off US-131 entirely, with NORTHBOUND traffic exiting at 54TH ST and SOUTHBOUND traffic exiting at 36TH ST. All traffic will be directed with signs onto DIVISION AVE. 44TH ST will also be closed Friday night 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. To keep drivers from jumping onto US-131 only to be forced off, the entrance ramps to SOUTHBOUND US-131 from 28TH ST and the entrance ramps to NORTHBOUND US-131 from 54TH ST will be closed overnight, too.




I-196: This weekend, the WESTBOUND ramps at the 32ND AVE/HUDSONVILLE exit will be closed from Friday night to around 7 a.m. Monday for patch work. Both the exit and the entrance ramps will be closed. There will be no good detour if you forget.

I-196: Overnight pavement repairs will continue between Zeeland and Grandville until August 13. Expect lane closures 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly.



I-96 logo small.jpgI-96: If you have to roll to Lansing and back next week, you will get slowdowns going EASTBOUND over the Grand River just before EXIT 76. The right lane will be closed from Monday (8/10) at 8 a.m. through Thursday (8/13) at 3 p.m.
 



KNAPP ST: Closed Saturday (8/8) between Dean Lake Avenue and Leffingwell Avenue. The water main work there will finally close the road for a day. Up until now, there have been flag crews.




Ramps open on I-196 in Grandville, ramps closes on US-131

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Suddenly, there is new access available in the big I-196 rebuilding project in Grandville.


I-196: The exit ramp from EASTBOUND I-196 to 44TH ST is now open. And the entrance ramp from WESTBOUND 44TH ST to EASTBOUND I-196 is open.






US-131 logo 75x60.jpgUS-131: The on-ramp from 44TH ST to SOUTHBOUND US-131 is closed until mid-November. Use 54TH ST instead.



Vanity Shots for Monday, 8/3/09

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All of today's Vanity Shots are from viewers:


Chris from Byron Center, a regular, found like mellow Beetle....

Plate-MLOYLOW



Ryan spotted somebody who think of himself as quite the outdoorsy type ...


Plates-WODSMAN



And Liz, with a van-load of kids saw this. (We already aired "ZZZZZZ," but we weren't sure what to make of it. The kids in Liz's van thinks it means "Sleepy one." I'll buy that.


Plates-ZZZZZ1



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The lastest Michigan Highway

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The newest Michigan Highway ... is a ship.

In Japan, a car carrier designed to carry vehicles and heavy equipment of all kinds was named Michigan Highway.

I have no idea why.

I presume the thing will lug Japanese cars to the American market, but there are other automotive markets besides ours: they could use it to ship to China or Europe or India, whatever. 

The ship has ten decks and isn't your typical ship shape, if you'll pardon the pun.

If you want more, check out this web site.

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Week of 8/3: Lots of new construction

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Here is what to expect this week:


East Grand Rapids logo.jpgLAKE DR, EAST GRAND RAPIDS: A favorite shortcut is will be shut down for some time. LAKE DR will be closed Monday (8/3) between the East Grand Rapids city limit just east of WEALTHY ST and LOVETT AVE, which is east of PLYMOUTH AVE. Construction will continue into October. PLYMOUTH AVE will remain open through the LAKE DR intersection until construction progress requires closure.

Detour: The City of East Grand Rapids has not issued an official recommended detour. If you just want to get into East Grand Rapids, use WEALTHY ST east to LAKESIDE DR. If you, like most people, want to cut through EGR to get to BRETON RD and head south, use FULLER AVE south to HALL ST, then east on HALL ST to BRETON RD.



I-96 logo small.jpgI-96: Resurfacing of the highway between 68TH AVE and M-104 will run from  Monday (8/3) through September 14. Don't let the sight of barrels on the shoulder cause you concern: all lane closures are scheduled for 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. If you sleep normal hours, the only inconvenience should be slower traffic if you stay late at the beach in Grand Haven.




I-196: The left lane will be closed on EASTBOUND I-196 over BYRON RD/Zeeland Exit from 9 a.m. Monday (8/3) until about 2 p.m. Wednesday (8/5). Expect backups at high-volume times.

I-196: Lane reductions will be in place overnight 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. between 68TH AVE and KENOWA AVE from August 4 to August 10.



US-131 logo 75x60.jpgUS-131: NORTHBOUND will be reduced to one lane from the Martin Exit to the 120TH AVE bridge, but only through Thursday (8/6).


10 MILE:
Pavement on the bridge over US-131 will be reduced by at least one lane from August 6 through September 29.




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GRAND RAPIDS:
LYON ST will be closed between EASTERN AVE and LAFAYETTE AVE from Monday (8/3) through Friday (8/7).





M-21 80x80M-21: FULTON ST will have the left lane closed between I-96 and the EAST BELTLINE from August 3 through August 7. Lane closures will only be in place 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


All projects depend on the weather.

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