Rounding out this year’s cruise
Just a few things from here and there.
So what’s my assessment of this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise?
My impressions are completely subjective, but I’ve covered the 20 years of the Dream Cruise for the past million years or so, and here are my thoughts about the 2014 event:
The number of cars involved seemed to be about the same, but the number of spectators was down. Not substantially; there were still hundreds of thousands of happy spectators out there, but less than 2013 when M-1 seemed to be jam-packed with people.
Are people losing interest in the event?
I doubt it very much, especially after witnessing the Friday night/Saturday afternoon bumper-humper parking lot of vehicles that stretched from Interstate 696 to Maple.
If the number of spectators was down, it’s probably because so many people decided to forgo the WDC because they had to clean out their flooded basements.
This is especially true for folks living in Ferndale, Royal Oak, Pleasant Ridge and Berkley who were hit hard by the deluge.
Now let’s switch over to another section of Oakland County.
Recently, I was interviewed by WJR (760) radio icon Warren Pierce on his program about the WDC, but he also wanted to know what was going on at the Maple/Farmington roundabout.
“The county has installed speed bumps on the roundabout,” Pierce said. “I didn’t think it was legal to put speed bumps on public roads. What’s the story?”
Well, it is legal but the speed bumps are gone by now, according to Road Commission for Oakland County spokesman Craig Bryson.
“We installed four speed bumps as part of a national study about what is the safest way to move pedestrians and traffic through roundabouts,” Bryson said. “There are a number of options being studied, considered and tested at the federal level and speed bumps are one of those considerations.”
According to the RCOC, the speed bumps were installed in July and should be gone by now.
“There were a number of academics who came in from the University of North Carolina to collect data,” Bryson said. “They’ll take all their data and put it into a report, which will be submitted to the Federal Highway Administration.”
According to Bryson, the cost of installing and removing the speed bumps was minor.
On a final note, I’d like to pay my respects to all those incredibly hard working sanitation workers who have been cleaning up flooded basements all across the metro area.
Both to them and the dedicated refuse collectors who have been picking and transporting thousands of tons of debris from what must seem like an endless list of streets.
Metro Detroit roadwork
I-96:In Livonia and Redford Township, the freeway is closed between Telegraph and Newburg roads for complete reconstruction. This project ends in mid-October.
Big Beaver:In Troy, there are intermittent lane closures between Dequindre and Rochester roads for concrete replacement. This project ends by late September.
Big Beaver:In Troy, there are intermittent lane closures WB from Adams to Interstate 75 for road repairs. This project ends in late September.
Adams:In Troy, the road is closed at Big Beaver while the intersection is being repaired. This work ends Sept. 15.
Middle Belt:In Farmington Hills, the road is being extended into Hillel Day School between Northwestern and 14 Mile. Expect delays. This project ends in late August.
Eight Mile:In Northville, the road is closed between Beck and Taft for resurfacing. This project ends Aug. 29.
Vassar Road:The road is closed between McClelland and the Genesee County line on the Holly/Groveland township border because of a failing culvert beneath the road. The culvert will be replaced in late summer.
14 Mile:The road is closed at the east side of Northwestern on the Farmington Hills / West Bloomfield Township border, while the county reconstructs and realigns 14 Mile. This project ends in late November.
Greenfield:In Southfield, the SB lanes are closed between Eight Mile and Nine Mile for reconstruction. The lanes will be reopened by Oct. 1.
Lahser:In Southfield, the road is closed between 12 Mile and 13 Mile while the county makes repairs on the bridge over the Rouge River. This project ends in mid November.