MDOT, MSP to present I-94 audit to lawmakers

Report in response to historic January 2015 pileup

Senator Margaret O'Brien

Senator Margaret O’Brien

LANSING, Mich. — State Senator Margaret O’Brien announced Wednesday that officials from the state Department of Transportation and Michigan State Police will present findings from a Road Safety Audit that was conducted on the stretch of Interstate 94 that runs between the Michigan-Indiana border and the city of Jackson following the historic 193-vehicle pileup that occurred January 9.

State officials ordered the audit last February after O’Brien petitioned Governor Rick Snyder to request the administration and MDOT coordinate to complete a study on the eastbound section of the highway near Galesburg, where the crash occurred, and offer recommendations on possible changes to the roadway.

The 12-mile stretch of I-94 that runs through Kalamazoo County is particularly dangerous — in 2011, there were 230 accidents; in 2012, there were 222 accidents; and there were 275 accidents in 2013.

“I thank Governor Snyder, MDOT and the State Police for their commitment to making Michigan’s roadways as safe as possible,” said O’Brien, R-Portage. “My colleagues and I look forward to hearing the safety audit results and the data-driven solutions that can lead to increased safety on our roads.”

EVENT DETAILS

WHO:
State Senators Margaret O’Brien; Transportation Committee Chair Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba; and Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton; representatives from MDOT and MSP; Kalamazoo and Van Buren county officials; the Kalamazoo County Road Commission; and members of the public.

WHAT:
A presentation of results from a state Road Safety Audit on Interstate 94.

WHEN:
Monday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. 

WHERE:
M-TEC Auditorium
The Groves Center
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
7107 Elm Valley Drive
Kalamazoo, MI

Note: Please drive to the end of the business drive past the Bronson Athletic Center.

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