Prepare yourself, Oakland County; there's road construction in your future. In just a few short weeks, a $12 million project will kick off to reconstruct a one-mile stretch of Evergreen in Southfield.
Pop quiz: Which group is more endangered in construction work zones, motorists or road workers?
Heads up if you live, work or regularly commute on 24 Mile in Shelby Township. A three-year project to completely restore 24 Mile within the township will begin some time this summer.
Earlier in the week I was fortunate enough to write an uplifting story about the generosity and spontaneity of the human spirit. The story was about a group of strangers who came together Tuesday afternoon to rescue two crash victims whose vehicle overturned on the Lodge Freeway, coming to rest on its side.
Submitted for your approval: Time: April 2014. Place: Macomb County. It's a charming combination of the the urban and rural — one of the building blocks of the metro area and a county about to enter the work zone.
What do St. Patrick's Day, spring break and the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments all have in common?
Tom Greenwood has been up to his neck in concrete and asphalt since starting his column in December 1997.
The column looks at commuting from the driver's point of view and centers itself on subjects such as road construction (when, where, why and how long), gas prices, traffic laws, seat belt use, safety issues, question and answer columns and the occasional oddball story from readers. The column is tag-teamed with a continually updated road construction map showing the locations of projects in the Metro area.
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Tom grew up in Royal Oak and graduated from the no-longer-in-existence Dondero High School (Go Oaks!) where he lettered in tennis and excelled in history, English, literature and typing, while reeking at Latin, geometry and chemistry. Tom obtained his B.A. from Wayne State University after spending four wonderful, stress-free years in the kinder, gentler Marine Corps of 1968-1972.
Tom is the father of two smart, funny, gorgeous, adoring daughters who have viewed him as a giant ATM machine since the day they were born. Interests include: photography (4 x 5 black and white), reading, cooking, history, movies (as long as it's not French or Swedish) and working out (no, really!).
On the road
- Conducted ride alongs with Detroit and Michigan State Police
- Circled endless over the area of Interstate 96 and Orchard Lake Road in a MSP spotter plane stalking speeders
- Toured road construction sites throughout the Metro area
- Toured concrete plants to understand the miracle that occurs when you mix water, cement and aggregate together
- Conducted driving related interviews on buses, on road paving machines, on salt trucks and road plows, in cars, in jails, at train stations, gas stations and at airports
In an effort to bring as much information as possible to his readers (OK, and to have a little fun), Tom has done the following:
Things Tom has learned after 10 years of writing a commuting column:
- It's not your imagination; the other lane really is moving faster than yours.
- Gratitude for being shown driving courtesy is a thing of the past: no one thanks you for letting them in line anymore.
- Talking on a cell phone while you're driving is like making toast when you're taking a bath.
- Sadly, there are no commuter column groupies.
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