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13OYS - Tell us about the potholes in your neighborhood

13OYS - Tell us about the potholes in your neighborhood

As the winter turns to spring, more and more potholes start to appear throughout West Michigan. We would like you to tell us where the worst potholes can be found.

If you've come across a really bad pothole in your neighborhood, please leave a comment below to let us know where we can find it.

Also, if you can safely get a photo, email those to pics@wzzm13.com along with your name, phone number, and location where the photo was taken.

As comments and photos come in, WZZM13 will publicize the worst of the worst in an effort to get them fixed as quickly as possible.

Downtown Kalamazoo Street Closures Due to St. Patrick's Day Parade

PLEASE BE AWARE:

Due to the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 17, the following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic at 10am:

  • Kalamazoo Mall, south of Michigan Avenue to Cedar Street 
  • Cedar Street to the Knights of Columbus
  • South Street at the Kalamazoo Mall will be closed at 10:45am
  • Lovell Street at Burdick will be closed at 10:45am

The parade will last approximately one hour.

The Transportation Odyssey is Coming

The Transportation Odyssey is Coming

Across the state, people are focusing on transportation initiatives to help move Michigan toward a vibrant, connected future.

To accelerate that conversation, Transportation for Michigan will host the Michigan Transportation Odyssey, in which participants set off on a three-day voyage from Detroit Metro Airport, to Kalamazoo, to Grand Rapids and to Traverse City using only Michigan’s transit systems and statewide passenger train service. The Transportation Odyssey gets under way on Wednesday, March 21, and will arrive in Grand Rapids on March 22.

Join advocates from around the region and Mayor George Heartwell as we welcome the Michigan Transportation Odyssey to Grand Rapids at our March speaker series event at The Rapid's Central Station downtown.

We’ll explore the connection between passenger rail, transit and...

O’Brien transportation town hall meeting and debate a success

O’Brien transportation town hall meeting and debate a success

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

State Rep. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, on Monday hosted a town hall meeting to discuss legislation and options for repairing Michigan’s roads.

"We are always working to find a balance between our state’s priorities and the limited funds we have to work with," O’Brien said. "Monday’s town hall meeting was a great opportunity to hear some different options we have for funding road repairs and I was very happy with the turnout we had."

Approximately 50 residents attended the meeting.

O'Brien hosting transportation town hall in Kalamazoo

State Rep. Margaret O'Brien is sponsoring a town hall meeting focused on transportation issues and Michigan's roads.

The meeting will include a debate on current legislative proposals aimed to help improve roads through alternative funding options.

The town hall will take place on Monday, Feb. 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Greater Kalamazoo Association of REALTORS® located at 5830 Venture Park Drive.

"Michigan residents regularly cite good roads as being a state priority," said O'Brien, R-Portage." At the same time, our residents have limited resources so we need to find middle ground."

All aboard! MDOT puts 110 mph special Amtrak train video on YouTube

All aboard! MDOT puts 110 mph special Amtrak train video on YouTube

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has posted a video news release to its YouTube channel on www.youtube.com/michigandot. The video captures the excitement of a special demonstration today (Feb. 15) of 110 mph Amtrak service between Porter, Ind., and Kalamazoo, Mich. Federal, state and local officials participated in today's event.

Amtrak and MDOT recently received federal approval to increase maximum speeds of Amtrak trains in western Michigan and northern Indiana to 110 mph following the successful installation and testing of a positive train control safety system on Amtrak-owned track between Kalamazoo and Porter. Amtrak's popular Wolverine and Blue Water train passengers will benefit from this improvement in service.

Amtrak gets OK for 110 mph service from Kalamazoo to northwest Indiana

Amtrak trains will reach 110 mph starting Feb. 15 between Kalamazoo and Porter, Ind., the Michigan Department of Transportation and Amtrak said today.

That’s 15 mph faster than trains are allowed to travel now on that stretch of tracks, MDOT and the rail carrier said in a joint news release. The higher speeds are expected to shave 10 minutes off the trip between Detroit or Port Huron and Chicago on Amtrak’s Wolverine and Blue Water trains, which pass through Battle Creek.

“This is the first expansion of regional high speed rail outside the Amtrak-owned Northeast Corridor,” Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman said in the news release. “With our partners in Michigan, we will extend this 110 mph service from Kalamazoo to the state’s central and eastern regions...