The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has set up a website dedicated to helping folks get down to Ford Field for the Final Four this weekend. They've broken down the directions for people traveling from north, south, east, and west. There is also a PDF for each section (north, south, etc.) that you can download and/or print out for your trip.Read More
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Don't forget that the state of Michigan has a great resource to help you know about possible traffic delays due to construction. Michigan.gov/drive has updated information on lane closures, detours, and even lane speeds in Metro Detroit. This way, you can plan your Labor Day Weekend trips to avoid long delays and burning up expensive fuel while sitting in traffic. You can click on an area of construction (noted by little orange construction barrels) and it will tell you the work being done, how long the construction will last, and the time that will be added to your drive due to the delay. It's pretty slick.
As usual, MDOT has put a temporary stop on some of their projects for the Labor Day Weekend Holiday. Starting tomorrow, August 29, at 3 p.m. about 65 percent of roads with lane closures will have the lovely orange barrels removed for the weekend to cut down on drive time.
MDOT has updated the MI Drive website to help drivers "visually locate lane closures and major construction projects on state highways (M, I, and U.S. routes) in addition to reading about them." The interactive map can also be customized by saving some of your views. Say you drive in Detroit often - you can set up to focus on Detroit roads and the myriad of construction and lane closures. This is a great resource for commuters or those planning trips and wanting to avoid delays.
MDOT finally decided to make its most used online features available from a single page. Located at www.michigan.gov/drive the new page prominently features the Detroit Traffic Map, Michigan Road Construction Search, and MDOT Construction Map. Previously you had to hunt and dig for this information (which I always found strange) all throughout the www.michigan.gov/mdot subdirectory. It is nice to have everything in the same place.
Via the Detroit News Fans of U of M and MSU have some good news before the football season even starts. MDOT has special websites dedicated to helping fans get to Spartan Stadium and the Big House.
U of M fans will want to check out the Wolverine dedicated website here.
Spartan fans should check out the website here.
Both sites list construction projects along known routes to the stadiums in East Lansing and Ann Arbor. In addition you might want to check out www.michigan.gov/laneclosures.
Just one more great service from our award winning State of Michigan website, Michigan.gov.
The majority of Michigan's road and bridge construction projects will be put on hold this Labor Day weekend due to the expected increase in road traffic. From September 1 at 3 p.m. until September 5 at 6 a.m. work will be suspended and lanes opened on 92 of the 155 active construction projects. For a list of the construction zones that will remain active or have limited lanes open head on over to www.michigan.gov/mdot. The list is too extensive to repeat here.
By the way, if you really want to avoid construction and traffic jams consider taking to Michigan's highways instead of the freeways. You remember highways don't you? You know, those two lane roads that pass through quaint little towns and beautiful scenery at a leisurely pace of 55 m.p.h.
Our family has taken to the so-called back roads in recent years and I must admit that the trip has been 200% more enjoyable. You don't have the stress of bumper to bumper traffic and lane changers constantly cutting you off. You can actually see Michigan's scenic views and pastoral farms since you aren't whizzing by at 75-80 m.p.h.
If you truly want to relax this weekend, take my advice. Hop on U.S. 23 along the Lake Huron coast. Cruise up M-66 and pick up U.S. 31 in Charlevoix on your way up to the Mackinac Bridge. There are a number of other main routes to choose from whether you are going north, south, east, or west.
Have a fun and safe holiday weekend!