WATCH: Space-X Launch in Cape Canaveral, Bob Porter has stepped down

These are today’s updates from the Spartan Newsroom. A tractor trailer lost control from icy conditions on Tappan Zee bridge in Tarrytown, NY, that caused major backup and delays. A man is dead due to a shooting on I-95 in Boca Raton, FL. ESPN PLUS is a streaming service that will cost $4.99 a month. Space-X launched the world’s most powerful rocket in Cape Canaveral, FL.

DeWitt using their budget to create a go to destination

The city of DeWitt is starting to become a cultural hub and a go-to destination. A lot of money is being put into the development of their downtown. Maricela Vargas is a preschool teacher in Lansing who is looking for a job in DeWitt and she is interested in DeWitt because of the small city feel. When Vargas visited DeWitt, she felt the family connection with the residents. Vargas said: “I was attracted to DeWitt because it’s a cute city and it’s going to be a great place to live.

WATCH: Accident injures 2 on campus

Here are today’s headlines from the Spartan Newsroom:

Two athletes were hit by a truck and injured riding mopeds on North Shaw Lane. Four people killed and two people were injured when a gunman opened fire in Northern California. Are you ready for some ribs or some brisket? A new BBQ joint opens in Okemos. Australia legalizes same-sex marriage resulting in a huge celebration.

Students develop parking app

For Michigan State students, parking on-campus can be difficult, but the struggle doesn’t end for those living off-campus either.

“We have six girls that live here and our driveway only fits five cars, which is kind of a bummer because we always have to find a place to put one of our cars at night,” said Elena Ferman, a senior at MSU. 

Connecting the paths of DeWitt

Herbison Road can be found on the southern border of DeWitt. Alongside it runs a few parks, DeWitt high school and the Prairie Creek Golf Course, which have all been there for years. However, there is now a new attraction to Herbison Road, a bike path. “The path is part of the City of DeWitt’s non-motorized master plan that was created in 1998,” said City Administrator Daniel Coss. “The Herbison Road path was a priority to connect the DeWitt Sports Park to the DeWitt Schools campus and make a connection to DeWitt Township.”
Connecting a community is what the city council is all about in DeWitt, and that is what council members, such as Dave Hunsaker, look for in the job.

Expanding modes of transportation in DeWitt Township

The City of Dewitt, Dewitt Township and the Clinton County Road Commission have come together to provide walking and biking paths throughout Dewitt Township. Dewitt Township is calling it the Non-Motorized Transportation Plan, which will be making walking and biking much more desired modes of transportation.  

“The township adopted a non-motorized transportation plan in 2013, so this is one of the projects that was identified on that plan,” said Rod Taylor, Dewitt Township manager.  We started working on it in a concentrated fashion in 2015.”

“The Non-Motorized Transportation Plan identified 60 different projects where we ranked those projects based upon a weighted system that looked at safety issues, connection with commercial areas, schools, and neighborhoods,” said Taylor.  “In addition, this project was a joint venture with the City of Dewitt as well as the Clinton County Road Commission.

Michigan roads affect Old Town

Every Michigander knows that roads in the state aren’t the best and Old Town residents have experienced that first-hand. “The roads are just not smooth in anyway shape or form,” said Jamie Schriner, Old Town Commercial Association board president. The state of Michigan has a budget of $3.5 to $4 million for capital improvements on roads or structural changes each year, said Chad Gamble, chief operating director and director of public service for the City of Lansing. Gamble said the major problem with trying to maximize road life is that the “needs of the roadway far far outweigh and exceed the amount of funding that we have for it.”

Schriner said she thinks it’s smart to pave streets with more vehicle traffic. She said they could “set aside a budget and say we’ll put three-fourths of our budget to the most highly trafficked areas first and then set a quarter of our budget aside for the less highly trafficked areas.”

Schriner said they could then let those less trafficked areas pick where work is needed in their neighborhood.