January 2012 Archives

7-Car Crash Causes Major Backup

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A fender bender that involved seven cars at the height of the morning commute backed up traffic on northbound US-131 south of downtown Grand Rapids around 7:15 Tuesday morning.

The location of the crash proved unfortunate: the left lane was blocked just south of the Wealthy Street exit. Within minutes, traffic from the S-Curve back to 28th Street was at a standstill.

After Michigan State Police and Grand Rapids Police sorted out cruiser placement, traffic was able to get past the blockage and drivers were able to move along, but only at a crawl.

All lanes were finally opened around 8:20 a.m., though the backup took longer to dissipate.

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Roads Closed By Water Main Break Reopened

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Henry Street and Porter Road in Norton Shores were closed Monday evening due to a water main break.

Henry Street was closed between Henrick Road and W. Sternberg Road. Porter Road was closed between Clearwater Street and Melmax Street.

The break was repaired, and both roads were reopened by early Tuesday morning before the morning commute.

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Crash Closes Lane On US-131

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A minor crash Thursday morning was just in the wrong spot.

Grand Rapids Fire Department units had to block lanes on southbound US-131 at I-196 to protect the scene of the accident on the left shoulder. This not only slowed southbound traffic, but the ramp from westbound I-196 to southbound US-131 was jammed up while the crash was investigated and cleared.

The whole jam-up happened around 7:45 a.m.

Even though the incident occurred at the the busiest interchange in Grand Rapids, traffic on southbound US-131 did not back up more than about a quarter mile. Traffic was able to move by using the other three lanes.

The crash was cleared and all lanes opened around 8:30 a.m.

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(Traffic backs up on US-131 and the ramp from I-196. MDOT image)

Morning Commute Full of Slide-Offs, Spinouts, Backups

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01-19-12 96 at Plainfield cam.jpgDrivers slowed down when a short blast of snow came through West Michigan, but even after the snow stopped coming down, many drivers were stuck in traffic jams.

Trouble started with a rollover on US-31 south of Russell Road when the snow hit Muskegon. When the snow front hit the Grand Rapids area, traffic speeds quickly dropped below 45 miles per hour. Despite extra caution, some people still landed in ditches and expressway medians, including a semi that slid off US-131 southbound near Post Drive.

01-19-12 196 at Fuller cam.jpgMost mishaps resulted only in damage to vehicles and no injuries, and some spinout victims only needed an assist from a wrecker with no vehicle damage.

01-19-12 196 at 96 cam.jpgBut at a time when most commuters are already at work, many people found themselves still crawling along after 9 a.m. Drivers creeped along on US-131 southbound between 14 Mile and downtown Grand Rapids, I-96 eastbound between Alpine Avenue and Leonard Street, I-196 eastbound between Grandville and downtown Grand Rapids, M-6 eastbound between M-37 and I-96, and eastbound I-96 between 36th Street and the Lowell exit.

01-19-12 131 at W River cam.jpgAccident calls continued on the scanners long after the morning drive was over as snow and ice remained on the pavement into the workday.

Trouble with traction was expected to continue as temperatures dropped throughout the day.

Review the morning's Twitter traffic reports on the FOX 17 Traffic page.

US-131 Jammed Up By Morning Crash

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A multi-vehicle crash on northbound US-131 upset the morning routine of plenty of drivers Wednesday morning.

The crash near Franklin Street blocked the right two lanes, leaving only one lane for drivers to creep by. At one point, the backup reached to 44th Street.

Traffic on Division Avenue, Century Boulevard, and Grandville Avenue was heavier than usual as some drivers bailed out when they encountered the traffic jam.

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The crash occurred around 6:45 a.m., but was blocked traffic until 8:40 a.m. I asked a dispatcher at the Michigan State Police why the crash was taking so long to clear up. He noted that a lot of vehicles were involved in the accident.

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Is Your Car Not Worth Stealing?

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Rankings for car thefts usually concentrate on the cars that get stolen most often.

Our crack researchers at Tribune have assembled a list of the least-stolen cars. One surprise: the Chevrolet Aveo is on the list.

Also surprising: the list is luxury heavy. One would think that expensive cars would get stolen a lot, but I've heard that cars are more frequently stolen for their parts, and moderately prices cars are most likely to have parts easily interchangeable.

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