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TOM GREENWOOD

Michigan State Police: An eye from the sky

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Well, here's something totally cool: the Michigan State Police is working to become one of the first police agencies in the U.S. to obtain the OK to fly an Unmanned Aircraft System in support of public safety.

A UAS is a drone to you and me.

The MSP earlier purchased an Aeryon SkyRanger (in anticipation of its use in supporting law enforcement) and since been working with the Federal Aviation Administration to meet all safety and training requirements.

To date, the MSP has received a certificate of authorization from the FAA to conduct training flights with its drone but only in the vicinity of its training facility in Lansing. Once the FAA gives its final approval, the MSP will be able to use the drone statewide for future missions such as in search-and-rescue, crime scene and crash investigations.

State police policy states that the UAS must be flown by a two-person crew: one as pilot and the other as a safety observer. The UAS will be limited to flying below 400 feet and must always be within line of sight of the crew.

The MSP has been using single engine aircraft and helicopters for decades but try packing those in the trunk of a scout car.

Open house in Canton Twp.

Attention if you work, drive or shop in the area of Ford Road (M-153) and Interstate 275 in Canton Township.

The Michigan Department of Transportation has slated an open house to provide an overview of two upcoming MDOT/Canton/Wayne County projects in that area.

The $3.7 million upgrades will begin this spring (if we have one) and will include:

■ Resurfacing three miles of Ford from Marlow to Lotz.

■ Repairing the concrete on Ford between Haggerty and Lotz.

■ Patching the on and off ramps at the I-275/M-153 interchange.

■ Extending turn lanes as well as median barrier work and pavement markings.

■ Replacing signs on Ford from west of Haggerty to west of Lotz.

The meeting is set for 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday at Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton Township.

The upgrades are slated to be completed this fall.

tgreenwood@detroitnews.com

(313) 222-2023

Friday

M-5(Grand River): In Farmington Hills, the EB 10 Mile ramp to NB will be closed from 7:30-10 a.m. for guardrail repair.

U.S. 24 (Telegraph): In Southfield, the SB ramp to the SB Lodge (M-10) will be closed from noon until 3 p.m. for guardrail repairs.

Monday

I-75: In Detroit, there will be single-lane closures NB and SB for Woodward construction through June.

I-94/I-69 interchange: In Port Huron, all ramps at the interchange are closed for construction through the fall.

U.S. 12 (Michigan): In Dearborn, there will be daily single-lane closures EB at Outer Drive from 9 a.m. Monday until 3 p.m. Wednesday for utility work.

U.S. 24 (Telegraph): In Taylor, there will be daily single-lane closures SB south of I-94 from 9 a.m. Monday until 3 p.m. Wednesday for utility work.

U.S. 24: In Brownstown Township, there will be daily single-lane closures SB south of Dix-Toledo Road from 9 a.m. Monday until 3 p.m. Wednesday for utility work.

M-53 (Van Dyke): In Sterling Heights, there will be single-lane closures NB and SB between 15 Mile and 18 Mile through May 15.

M-85 (Fort): In Dearborn, the Fort Bridge over the Rouge River is closed between Oakwood and Miller roads through the end of April.

M-153 (Ford Road): In Livonia, there will be daily lane closures WB from 9 a.m. Monday through 3 p.m. Wednesday between Venoy and Farmington roads for utility work.