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  1. Get used to orange barrels, Oakland County

    Brace yourself, Oakland County, you're about to be blessed with a little more road construction. The Road Commission for Oakland County recently received $13.3 million in road funds, including $6.1 million in state Roads and Risk Reserve monies and $7.2 million in RRR moola to the Michigan Department of Transportation, which has been earmarked for county roads.

  2. SMART officials: Layoffs, service cuts likely if millage proposal fails in August

    SMART bus officials said Monday there could be layoffs and reduced services as early as next month if voters turn down a 1-mill proposal on the Aug. 5 ballot.

    • 6:24 AM, Jul. 7, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 11 cents in week

    Dearborn AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have fallen about 11 cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.78 per gallon.

  3. A few tips for Fourth of July travelers

    They say nothing is faster than the speed of light but they're wrong: the one thing speedier than the speed of light is a Michigan summer.

    • 9:05 PM, Jul. 2, 2014
    • METRO AND STATE
    • Commuting

    Potential RTA boss is a transit veteran

    Ann Arbor The man being heavily pursued to be the first chief executive of the Regional Transit Authority began his transportation career sweeping floors for Greyhound to help pay for college.

  4. Wayne Co. to partner with townships for $14M in road repairs over two years

    Redford Township Wayne County officials announced Wednesday a cooperative road projects initiative that will bring in $14 million in repairs over two years to townships throughout the county.

    • 2:09 PM, Jul. 3, 2014
    • METRO AND STATE
    • Commuting

    CDC to sleepy drivers: Hit the hay, not the road

    New York Many millions of U.S. drivers are expected to hit the highways over the holiday weekend and some of them may be nodding off behind the wheel.

  5. Auburn Hills bridge, Woodhaven underpass projects among Detroit area beneficiaries of $30M in road funds

    A $4 million job to fix a bridge over Interstate 75 in Auburn Hills, deemed unsafe this past winter, is the largest project among nearly $115 million in special road repair funds announced Wednesday.

    • 11:32 PM, Jul. 2, 2014
    • METRO AND STATE
    • Commuting

    Residents get details of M-1 Rail project, learn I-75, I-94 to briefly close in August

    Detroit Residents, entrepreneurs and others learned more details Wednesday about the M-1 Rail streetcar line and how its construction will impact the city.

    • 6:10 AM, Jun. 30, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    AAA: Michigan gas prices rise 2 cents in past week

    Dearborn AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have risen about 2 cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.89 per gallon.

  6. Detroit-Windsor tunnel undergoing renovations

    Detroit The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel will be undergoing renovations during the next few months.

    • 4:16 PM, Jun. 27, 2014
    • METRO AND STATE
    • Commuting

    Businesses brace for construction to begin next month on M-1 Rail project

    Officials have announced that construction work will begin July 28 on the city's M-1 Rail streetcar line. The work will cause a 120-day closure of Woodward from Adams to Campus Martius.

  7. Tolls unlikely to smooth Michigan's bumpy roads

    Are there toll roads in Michigan's future? Let's put it this way: There will be Dairy Queens on the moon before we see any major toll roads in this state.

    • 6:06 PM, Jun. 26, 2014
    • METRO AND STATE
    • Commuting

    Bomb scare closing part of Southfield Freeway is set of headphones

    A neighborhood dispute briefly shut down southbound Southfield Freeway at Eight Mile Thursday afternoon after one neighbor told another he had placed a bomb on his porch.

    • 7:20 AM, Jun. 26, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    41M Americans expected to travel during 3-day July Fourth weekend

    New York Highways will be packed once again this July Fourth weekend, with 41 million Americans expected to travel at least 50 miles or more.

  8. Michigan seat belt enforcement push leads to 13,700 stops

    Lansing The state says recent stepped-up enforcement of seat belt regulations by law enforcement officials in 40 Michigan counties led to more than 13,700 traffic ...

    • 6:41 AM, Jun. 23, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    AAA: Michigan gas prices fall 9 cents over past week

    Dearborn AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have fallen about 9 cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.87 per gallon.

    • 2:36 PM, Jun. 22, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    U.S. gas prices rise slightly to $3.71 a gallon

    Camarillo, Calif. A survey says the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. has risen by 2 cents over the last two weeks to $3.71.

  9. Not every road leads to Detroit's fireworks show

    I'll be the first to admit that today's column is rather technical and data driven but it provides a ton of information if you're heading to downtown Detroit ...

    • 1:07 PM, Jun. 20, 2014
    • METRO AND STATE
    • Commuting

    Motorist seriously injured in crash on I-696 in Southfield

    Southfield A motorist was seriously injured Friday morning after swerving into another driving on Interstate 696, according to Michigan State Police.

    • 6:41 PM, Jun. 19, 2014
    • METRO AND STATE
    • Commuting

    Crash slows rush-hour traffic on Lodge near I-696 in Southfield

    Southfield A accident involving two vehicles slowed rush-hour traffic on the northbound Lodge near Interstate 696 on Thursday afternoon.

  10. Some funding for Detroit's M-1 rail project in peril, but board plans to go forward

    Washington Detroit's planned 3.3-mile $137 million Woodward Avenue streetcar project faces a $12 million funding shortfall, and Michigan members of Congress warn the ...

    • 8:22 AM, Jun. 16, 2014
    • METRO AND STATE
    • Commuting

    Federal funding crisis may stall Michigan road fixes

    As state lawmakers fumble to find $1 billion for crumbling roads, Michigan faces a bigger potential highway crisis: Federal funding could dry up as early as ...

    • 7:46 PM, Jun. 16, 2014
    • METRO AND STATE
    • Commuting

    WB I-94 at Oakwood reopens after car hauler crash

    Allen Park Michigan State Police reopened westbound Interstate 94 after a crash involving a car hauler closed it at Oakwood late Monday morning.

  11. Two-car crash closes I-94 near Wayne Road

    Police have closed eastbound Interstate 94 near Wayne Road in Romulus Monday afternoon after a crash involving two vehicles.

    • 6:35 AM, Jun. 16, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    AAA: Michigan gas prices rise 1 cent over past week

    Dearborn AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have risen about 1 cent during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.96 per gallon.

  12. Road work takes a break for racing; texting movie draws reactions

    Good news, race fans, the Michigan Department of Transportation has suspended work on most major state highways in south-central Michigan for this weekend's ...

    • 2:15 PM, Jun. 12, 2014
    • METRO AND STATE
    • Commuting

    Southbound Southfield Freeway at Ford reopened after crash cleared

    Dearborn All southbound lanes of Southfield Freeway have been reopened at Ford Road Thursday afternoon after a crash involving two vehicles, police said.

  13. Legislative clock ticks on road funding impasse

    Lansing A self-imposed legislative clock is ticking on lawmakers to decide whether to raise taxes this week to fix the state's crumbling roads as demands for tax ...

    • 7:35 PM, Jun. 10, 2014
    • METRO AND STATE
    • Commuting

    Lanes blocked on I-75 for emergency repair of bridge deck

    Road crews have blocked the right two lanes of southbound Interstate 75 near Goddard Tuesday afternoon to repair a large hole on a bridge deck, according to ...

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  • Get used to orange barrels, Oakland County

    Brace yourself, Oakland County, you're about to be blessed with a little more road construction. The Road Commission for Oakland County recently received $13.3 million in road funds, including $6. - 07/11/2014

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