MDOT proposal receives mixed reviews from Bath Township

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) presented a plan during the Bath Township Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 20 to reconstruct the intersection on Business Loop I-69 and Marsh Road, aiming to make it safer and more efficient. The state-funded plan is to transform the current intersection into a J-turn format, with a pedestrian crossing to allow for non-motorized access through the intersection, which would restrict northbound vehicle traffic up Marsh Road short of the neighborhood past the intersection. It also has federal funding from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program to help reduce traffic build-up and improve air quality with less idling at the stop lights. However, the plan has been met with mixed reviews from township residents and board members.

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.

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.

Commuting to work: ‘The stress that doesn’t pay’

MacKenzie Carlock waits at a CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) station for the train to pick her up for work at Lush Cosmetics. Unfortunately, there is an issue with the train, which is common because she lives so close to Wrigley Field. She checks her watch to make sure she will still be on time for work. “I leave for work about 50 minutes before my shift starts to ensure that I am not late,” said Carlock. It typically takes Carlock about 30 minutes to get to Lush Cosmetics, which is downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue.

Lansing’s struggle for better roads


The poor road conditions have made commuting in Lansing difficult for many residents and employees who drive in the city. City Chief Operating Officer and Director of Public Service Chad Gamble is very aware of the road conditions affecting these residents and employees. “Certainly commuting affects their vehicle, the quality of the vehicle, the life of the vehicle, the safety of their trip, the time it takes them to get there; it’s something we’ve been working on for decades,” Gamble said. The slow maintenance of roads in the area is due to the lack of funding and high cost of maintaining roads, particularly in the state of Michigan. The annual street funding for the City of Lansing dropped significantly between 2009 and 2010 and has yet to make a comeback 7 years later.

Construction around Metro Detroit hurts local businesses

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. — In the Metro Detroit area construction is a very popular sighting. Well, actually in all of Michigan, construction is a popular sight. The road closures and the cluster of drivers effect commute times for Michiganders attempting to get to work on time every morning. It affects the people on the weekends driving to and from their destinations along the construction area.