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Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

After being in the works for years, a plan has been finalized to construct a pedestrian pathway over I-94 in Ypsilanti.  WEMU's Lisa Barry and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg talk with Bonnie Wessler, project manager for Ypsilanti's Department of Public Services, about the plan and what it means for the community.


Felicia Brabec
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

Former Washtenaw County commissioner Felicia Brabec was recently elected as the new 55th state House representative to the Michigan State Legislature.  Brabec watched from home as Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her annual State of the State message virtually due to the pandemic.  Brabec talks to WEMU's Lisa Barry about her reaction to the message.


Donna Lasinski
Donna Lasinski / votedonnalasinski.com

Michigan Governor Gretchen delivered her third State of the State address from her office in Lansing.  Michigan State House Minority Leader Donna Lasinski particularly took note of the bipartisan tone of the address and hopes the rest of the Legislature will take note as well.  Lasinski shares her thoughts on the speech with WEMU's David Fair.


City of Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor City Council has decided to end part of its Healthy Streets Project early over safety concerns.  

Tuesday's primary election saw two countywide tax issues win voter approval.  One for road funding and  non-motorized paths, the other to help fund the Washtenaw County Soil Conservation District.  Both millages passed by about a 3-1 margin.  In a post-election edition of "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair discussed the benefits and outcomes with Washtenaw County Commissioner Andy LaBarre. 


Gretchen Whitmer
Rick Pluta / MPRN

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has again called on Republican leaders to reconvene the Legislature to wrap up work on a new state budget and a plan to fix the roads.

Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

There's a community forum taking place twice a month in Dexter known as "The Dexter Forum."  Karl Fink and John Hansen created and moderate the forum to discuss and share information about issues facing the community.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with them about how it got started, what's involved and who can participate.


Gretchen Whitmer
Ford School of Public Policy / flickr.com

Michigan’s new governor will start in January.  But Governor-Elect Gretchen Whitmer faces an adversarial state Legislature, which could impact what Whitmer is able to accomplish.


Construction
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Governor Rick Snyder still can’t build a bridge between a union and a construction trade association to end a road work stoppage across the state.


Road Construction
Max Pixel / freegreatpicture.com

Governor Rick Snyder has signed a budget bill that accelerates spending on road repairs in time to help with the spring and summer construction season. 


Pothole
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Roads, flood damage repairs, and an investigation could get money sent their way soon.  The Legislature has sent a spending bill to the governor’s desk.


Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative joins WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on topics pertinent to Washtenaw County and the city of Ann Arbor.  Mary Morgan will provide news, analysis, commentary and explain the various ways residents can become more engaged.


Michigan Stadium
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy / flickr.com

A full nine months after work began, Stadium Boulevard has re-opened near Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. 


US-12`
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

If you want to find out more about upcoming construction on Michigan Avenue in Washtenaw County, there is going to be an open house with information later this afternoon.


Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Wiki / localwiki.org

A big construction project started today in Ann Arbor to rebuild a local road.  It's expected to last until August of next year.


US-23
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Work begins today on a new type of commuter traffic lane in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties designed to ease traffic congestion.


Construction Barrels
Pierce Place / flickr.com

M-14 remains closed between Miller Road and Main Street in Ann Arbor for construction.  MDOT says repairs on right on schedule.

 


I-275
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Phase two of the reconstruction of the I-275 freeway gets underway later this morning. 


Washtenaw County Getting Another Roundabout

Jun 21, 2016
Washtenaw County Road Commission

Washtenaw County drivers will soon get have another roundabout to negotiate.  Its aim is to help improve safety on the road.


The Ride
Courtesy Photo / therideyourway.org

It's been almost a week since The Ride made major changes to its bus system, and the report is: So far, so good. 


Construction Barrels
Pierce Place / flickr.com

Everyone knows the change of seasons in Michigan means an increase in road construction.  A couple of new projects will likely mean bigger headaches for local commuters.


It's Pothole Season In Washtenaw County

Apr 8, 2016
WEMU

Spring not only brings plenty of rain, but also one of commuters' biggest pet peeves: potholes.

 

M-14
Courtesy Photo / MDOT

You may have seen the signs posted on your commute, but a major local freeway closure begins tonight. 


M-14 Construction In Ann Arbor Will Begin In March

Feb 19, 2016
MDOT

A major construction project will soon disrupt commuters in Ann Arbor.

 

Chuck Warpehoski
Ann Arbor Wiki / localwiki.org

Ann Arbor's city council will have a working session tonight.


Washtenaw Area Transportation Study

The Washtenaw Area Transportation Study agency will kick-off a series of meetings this afternoon to get public input on upcoming projects. 


Construction Barrels
89.1 WEMU / wemu.org

There will be an informational meeting next week on a major construction project planned for the M-14 freeway affecting the Ann Arbor area commute.  
 


Asphalt paving
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Some Republicans in the state Senate want to throw out the road funding plan lawmakers passed in 2015 and replace it in 2016.


Report Reveals MDOT Cheated On Its Road Studies

Dec 23, 2015
MDOT Logo
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The Michigan Department of Transportation broke its own rule on road safety studies.  That’s according to a new state audit.  Jake Neher has more.


Asphalt paving
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The stalemate over road funding continues in the Michigan Legislature.  Jake Neher has the details.


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