O’Brien, Casperson, Schuitmaker hear from MDOT, MSP on I-94 safety audit

LANSING, Mich. — State Senator Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage (third from left), Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba (second from left), and Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton (far left), listen as Dr. Tim Gates of Michigan State University presents findings of 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 Jan. 9.

Gates worked with officials from the Michigan Department of Transportation and Michigan State Police to compile the audit that was presented to lawmakers Monday, Nov. 30.

State officials ordered the audit last February after O’Brien petitioned Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration 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.

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Editor’s note: The audit may be downloaded by clicking this link.

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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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