Seeing that the freeways have been gettin' so much "hate" around here lately...
Regional group OKs $2.3B plan to widen I-94, I-75
Plans to add lanes to I-94 north of downtown Detroit and I-75
A consortium of southeastern Michigan governments has endorsed a $2.3 billion plan to widen two stretches of Interstates 75 and 94 serving Detroit and its suburbs.
The commission of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments voted 24-7 Friday to proceed with plans to add lanes to I-94 north of downtown Detroit and I-75 in the city's northern suburbs.
Supporters say the work is needed to loosen traffic bottlenecks, while opponents say it would damage neighborhoods through which the highways travel.
Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Rob Morosi tells MLive DOT com the earliest work would begin no sooner than 2016 on I-75 and 2018 on I-94.
I-94 would get extra lanes between Conner and I096, while I-75 would get them from Eight Mile Road to Michigan 59.
About three-dozen groups are committing time, talent and in some cases money to improving Belle Isle as the park transitions over the next two months from city to state control.
The state Department of Natural Resources begins managing the 985-acre island park in the middle of the Detroit River in mid-February under a 30-year lease.
On Tuesday, agency Director Keith Creagh will introduce partnerships in revamping the park, which has seen a cutback in city repairs and maintenance as Detroit succumbed to debt and budget deficits. A federal judge last week allowed Detroit to become the largest U.S. city to enter bankruptcy.
The state budget sets aside $2.5 million for management of Belle Isle, but Creagh is looking for help from all quarters, whether through funding or sweat.
“It’s absolutely about the partners,” he said. “When people heard we were involved, they said, how could they be helpful?”
I went into 7-11 on the way home today to grab a little bag of chips to go with my dinner. I had hardly started browsing the delectable delights, when what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a bag with a silhouette lady, labeled NEW ERA! They are from BetterMade.
The bag itself was enough to justify the purchase, even though it only has the one lady silhouette. The kid behind the counter was mystified by my delight with the label, guess I don't blame him, but I am sure there will be a lot of old folks grabbing those bags.
I am now enjoying the tasty treats and I am convinced they are a little bit different from regular BetterMade. Very tasty, in any event.
Listening to the WDET news report on the group that is working to get the DIA removed from the Detroit bankruptcy got me wondering...
...isn't it illegal to attempt to remove tangible assets from an on-going bankruptcy proceeding? In any other case, there would be people crying out against the injustice of the rich buying out their favorites.
But seriously, Bankruptcyguy or any of the professors and lawyers...how legal is it to hide or otherwise make unavailable ANY asset in a bankruptcy, once it has been filed?!
(WXYZ) - DDOT bus passengers like Edward Prowell are happy to hear more than $40 million in federal grant money is now going to be spent to fix buses. "I use the bus 6 days a week...going to work. Sometimes the busses don't come and sometimes they do" he says. "Somebody is late for work, or can't make it and their boss don't want to hear that."
We found some out-of-service motor coaches sitting in a garage off of Warren.
It's not a shock to other passengers.
"The brakes are horrible. You can hear them. Horrible. You can hear it right now." Passenger Aunyez Leonard tells us. "The seats need to be fixed, the heat they don't have it on."
"There's been a disinvestment in our assets over the last two decades," says Gary Brown, the Chief Financial Officer for Detroit.
Now, money can fix tires, engines, windows, security and a lot more. It's all essential when 40 percent of citizens use DDOT daily.
"Things are starting to turn around now for the best, and we need a shot in the arm and this will help the city a whole lot" says Edward.
Holiday lighting in Downtown Detroit is a charming effort to dress up its shopping district. Throngs of shoppers once crowded this side walk that passes by the newly renovated Broderick Tower (left). By the 1980's they had vanished leaving this district's retail store fronts largely abandoned.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan makes victory speech on WXYX 7.