Archives for August 2017

MDOT Suspending Most Road Projects For Labor Day

MDOT Suspending Most Road Projects For Labor Day

Work is being suspended on almost 70-percent of the road construction projects in the state over the Labor Day holiday. The Michigan Department of Transportation says traffic restrictions are being removed on 77 of the 110 active worksites starting at 3 p.m. tomorrow. MDOT Director Kirk Steudle is reminding drivers that there are still going to be some orange barrels and equipment in place, and that the Mackinac Bridge will be closed to traffic on Monday for the Labor Day Bridge Walk from 6:30 a.m. to noon.

State Officials Concerned About Line 5 Pipeline Missing Coating

State officials are calling for immediate repairs to be made to Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac.

Underwater inspections this month revealed the pipeline is missing protective enamel coating and is down to bare metal in at least one area where the Canadian company had installed anchor supports. Department of Environmental Quality Director Heidi Grether called that “completely unacceptable.” Schuette said the report strengthens his resolve to shut down the pipeline, which takes crude oil and natural gas from western Canada to refineries in Sarnia, Ontario.

Michigan National Guard Prepares For Harvey Support

Michigan National Guard Prepares For Harvey Support …

The Michigan National Guard is preparing to assist in relief efforts in south Texas. The National Guard Bureau has issued a Warning Order following the devastation and flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey. Michigan National Guard leadership is assessing how to best help Texas residents and reinforce the Texas National Guard with helicopters, ground transportation, and manpower capacity. Three helicopters are being prepared.

A Watershed Project Gets Much needed Funding

A Watershed Project Gets Much needed Funding…

An Upper Peninsula nonprofit group has received a federal grant for a “green infrastructure” project intended to protect Lake Superior waters near Marquette. The Environmental Protection Agency awarded the $288,500 grant to the Superior Watershed Partnership. The project will relocate an open-channel drain in Marquette that discharges storm water across a public beach and into the lake. The drain’s outfall will be moved to an adjacent coastal wetland.

MDOT Launches Sixth Annual Bridge Walk Social Media Promotion

MDOT Has Launched It’s Sixth Annual Bridge Walk Social Media Promotion

People who take part in Monday’s Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk are once again being encouraged to take part in the state’s annual social media promotion. The Michigan Department of Transportation and the Mackinac Bridge Authority are calling on people to post their experiences using the hashtag #MightyMacWalk17 on Instagram and Twitter, and post to MDOT’s Facebook page. A winner will be picked at random for a tour for two to the top of the Mackinac Bridge.

Elk Hunting Season Starts Today

Elk Hunting Season Starts Today

Michigan’s elk hunting season is getting underway. The season is divided into three periods. The first begins Tuesday and ends Friday. The second runs from Sept. 15-18 and the third from Sept. 29-Oct. 2. A total of 100 hunters are authorized to participate this season. Of those, 70 can take only antlerless elk.

Gas Prices on The Rise Following Hurricane Harvey

Gas Prices on The Rise Following Hurricane Harvey…

We’re paying about seven-cents per gallon more for gas to start the week, and prices are expected to go up even more once the effects of Hurricane Harvey are known. Triple-A Michigan says the statewide average is now two-dollars-47-cents a gallon. GasBuddy.com is reporting fuel can be found in Ironwood for an average of 2.39 a gallon this morning. The lowest price in the area is in Ashland at 2.36 a gallon.

Get Your New State ID’s Starting Today

Get Your New State ID’s Starting Today…

Michigan is set to start on Monday issuing driver’s licenses that residents eventually need to board domestic flights if they don’t have passports or other accepted documents. New ID standards were created after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Starting in October 2020, compliant driver’s licenses or state IDs will be needed to fly or to visit federal buildings, nuclear plants and military bases unless other acceptable documents are provided.

State House Democrats Unveil Drug Price Gouging Plan

State House Democrats Unveil Drug Price Gouging Plan

Democrats in the Michigan House say they’re tired of waiting for Congress to act on prescription drug price gouging. They have introduced bills to create a Prescription Drug Consumer Protection Board in the state to review increases in drug prices. If the panel finds the hike is not justified, the Michigan Attorney General will be asked to investigate. House Minority Leader Sam Singh of East Lansing says the board would operate like the Michigan Public Service Commission, which reviews rate increase requests from utilities.

State To Start Issuing IDs Compliant With Federal REAL-ID Law

State To Start Issuing IDs Compliant With Federal REAL-ID Law

Starting next week, Michigan residents will be able to get driver’s licenses and state ID cards that comply with the federal REAL-ID law. Without that designation on the card, your license or ID won’t be valid to take a flight or enter federal facilities starting in 2020 without also having a passport or another accepted document. The new cards will have a star inside a gold circle on the upper right. There will not be any extra fee for the REAL-ID compliant card.