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Rose Street traffic signal damage

DOWNTOWN TRAFFIC UPDATE: Effective immediately, the intersection of Rose Street and Lovell Street will be closed to all traffic to allow the City's contractor to repair a damaged traffic signal. Work is expected to be completed by Wednesday, September 19, 2012.  

Detours will be posted.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate route.

(Per City of Kalamazoo, Department of Public Services.)

Roll over traffic crash on EB I-94, driver flees scene

On 9/17/2012 at approximately 11:56 P.M., the Portage Department of Public Safety responded to a roll over accident involving a pickup truck on east bound I-94, east of Oakland Drive. 

The investigation indicates that a pickup truck was E.B on I-94.  The driver of the truck lost control, struck the side of a tractor trailer, rolled over, and came to rest upside down against the median barrier.  When Officers arrived, they discovered that the driver of the pickup truck had fled on foot after the accident.  The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.  The driver of the pickup truck, a 28 year old Kalamazoo man, was later located in a nearby neighborhood.  He sustained injuries in the crash and was transported to Bronson Hospital by ambulance.  Alcohol may be a factor in the accident and it remains under investigation.

Downtown Kalamazoo Construction Update

Downtown Kalamazoo Construction Update

From: http://www.downtownkalamazoo.org/

Due to the current construction phase on CORPORATION HALL at 150 S. Kalamazoo Mall (formerly the Athena Book Store and Soup Kitchen), the stretch of sidewalk in front of that property has been closed to pedestrian access.
 
Access to all stores south and north of that property will remain open.
 
This construction phase is expected to take two months. Currently, work is being done on the first level. It is possible that once work commences to the second and third floors, a covered walk-way may be installed to allow pedestrians through access. Until then, please continue to patronize those business in the nearby vicinity that are impacted by this brief interruption in sidewalk access.
 
Signage indicating that ALL STORES ARE OPEN will be posted.

East Michigan Lane Closure

East Michigan Lane Closure

From: http://www.kalamazoocity.org

Starting Monday August 27, 2012, East Michigan Avenue southern two (2) lanes from S. Edwards to Rochester will be closed for water main work. This work is being performed in anticipation of Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) railroad signal upgrades. Water main work is scheduled to be completed by September 7, 2012.

Please visit MDOT’s website http://mdotnetpublic.state.mi.us/drive/ for additional information.

Consumers Energy work on Rose Street

Consumers Energy work on Rose Street

From: http://www.kalamazoocity.org

Starting Sunday, July 22, 2012, Rose Street will be closed to northbound traffic between Lovell Street and Michigan Avenue and reduced to one southbound lane from Water Street to Academy Street to allow Consumers Energy to replace a deteriorated electrical vault. A detour will be posted for northbound traffic.

Access to all businesses and government buildings will be maintained but motorists using Rose as a through-route are encouraged to seek alternate routes, as delays can be expected. Work is scheduled to be complete by August 1, 2012.

Urban planners' traffic calming technique?

Urban planners' traffic calming technique?

From: http://www.downtownkalamazoo.org/

Look at what stopped traffic dead in its tracks.
 
No, this photo has NOT been photo-shopped or otherwise altered: That's REALLY Michigan Avenue (M-43), an MDOT trunk line that is five lanes of traffic wide, used by over 20,000 daily vehicles whose average speed is 35 mph (when the posted limit is followed.)
 
And YES, those are real ducks crossing in the middle of the day. AT the crosswalk.
 
We shared this photo on the Downtown Kalamazoo Facebook page and got nearly 700 likes, 280 shares and tons of comments - that's "viral" volume based on our regular stats! Wow. Who would have thunk it? A photo of ducks crossing a crazy busy street stirring the interest of many and inspiring them to engage and share with others - over 15,000 "others" actually laid eyes on it. That's pretty powerful.
 

Crosstown Parkway Watermain Break

City of Kalamazoo, July 2, 2012 –Crosstown Parkway from Park Street to Westnedge Avenue has been closed to all traffic due to a watermain break. 

City crews are working to make necessary repairs and expecting work to be completed by the end of the day Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

Visit http://www.kalamazoocity.org for additional information.