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.


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

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