A Marcellus woman died as a result of injuries sustained in a traffic crash Thursday morning. The victim was identified as 23-year-old Rachel Jacobs. She was eastbound on M-216 when she collided with another eastbound vehicle driven by 19-year-old Brandon Farrand of Colon. The Jacobs vehicle then struck an oncoming vehicle driven by Romeo Amat, 77, of Kalamazoo. The Jacobs vehicle rolled several times. Jacobs was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt, and was ejected. She was taken by helicopter to Bronson Hospital, where she later died. Amat was treated and released at Three Rivers Health.
Manhole repairs to be performed by crews from the Michigan Department of Transportation Thursday will result in a lane closure in Three Rivers.
MDOT said the closure will be on the southbound U.S. 131 Business Loop, between Hoffman and Adams streets.
The agency anticipates the lane closures will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Concrete repairs will close a lane of southbound U.S. 131 in Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties next week.
The Michigan Department of Transportation announced the work will begin around South Street in Schoolcraft and continue south to Flowerfield Road.
The work is slated to start at 6 a.m. Monday and continue for two weeks, ending May 11.
The Michigan Department of Transportation is expected to perform maintenance work today in Three Rivers.
As a result, the agency has announced a single-lane closure on eastbound M-60 between Wood and Washington streets from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MDOT officials said traffic will be maintained with a flagging operation.
Three bridges in St. Joseph County have been identified by the Michigan Department of Transportation as structurally compromised, according to the state’s 2011 inspections.
The state agency this week released data on bridge safety throughout Michigan.
Bridges in St. Joseph County on the list are in Three Rivers, near the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Main Street over the Rocky River; in Constantine, on Washington Street over the St. Joseph River; and in Nottawa Township, where M-86 crosses over the Prairie River.
The Three Rivers and Constantine bridges are labeled functionally obsolete, while the Nottawa Township bridge is identified as structurally efficient, according to MDOT.
The Michigan Department of Transportation is asking motorists to use caution the next two weekends, as almost 3,200 volunteer groups across the state will be picking up litter through the agency’s Adopt-A-Highway program.
Volunteers the next two Saturdays will be scattered along more than 7,200 miles of state highways and roadways during the first of three pickups this year.
The volunteer effort started in 1990 and has been praised by MDOT officials for improving the scenery along highways and state roads.
In 2011, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers collected more than 75,000 bags of trash and saved taxpayers $1.5 million in cleanup costs.
Sections of highway are still available for adoption. Interested groups should check MDOT’s Web page for more information. The next two pickups are July 14 to 22 and Sept. 22 to 30.