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Bridges compromised

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 ...

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Picking up litter

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 ...

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Road construction for River Road

Three Rivers officials said beginning Thursday, River Road will be closed to through traffic for at least a six-week period for infrastructure work. City crews plan to work on the remainder of the water main under River Road to be replaced and extended to serve properties at the east end of the city. The detour will be from 9th Street ...

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Roadwork on Michigan Avenue

Roadwork on a section of West Michigan Avenue in Three Rivers is expected to result in the closure of two lanes starting today. According to city officials, a one-lane closure has been in place due to a water main break under the roadway, which is overseen by the Michigan Department of Transportation. Starting today, however, Niles-based Northern Construction Services Corp. ...

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Diesel Fuel Clean Up

Emergency crews responded Wednesday afternoon to a diesel fuel spill on U.S. 131 in northern St. Joseph County. Sheriff’s Department personnel said a semi tractor-trailer was heading north when its driver’s side, front tire blew out. The force of the blown tire punctured the fuel tank, investigators said. Traffic was reduced to one lane while emergency personnel tended to the ...

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Railroad Crossing Repairs

Repair crews who spent last week correcting a bumpy railroad crossing on U.S. 12 in Sturgis will be back today to perform additional work. City officials said the work will center on a warped railroad tie on the tracks located on West Chicago Road, the busiest east-west route in the city. The Michigan Department of Transportation will be handling traffic ...

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