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Road project finished

July 8, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A Sturgis road project that started in March has been completed.

City officials said the brick portion of South Nottawa Street has been completed and opened to traffic Friday.

As a result, the detour route has been lifted and Pleasant Street will return to a one-way street. In addition, the west side of South Monroe Street will revert to its no-parking status.

Man injured after crash

May 14, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A White Pigeon man was airlifted to a Kalamazoo hospital following a two-vehicle accident Tuesday at the intersection of U.S. 12 and U.S. 131.

Thomas Lapham, 50, was in serious condition following the 4 a.m. accident.

He was driving east on U.S. 12 when a westbound vehicle driven by 25-year-old Kevin Groff, of Burr Oak, turned south onto U.S. 131 and into Lapham’s vehicle.

Groff was not injured.

Investigators said alcohol was not a factor in the incident.

Package to fund repairs

May 9, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

State Rep. Matt Lori on Thursday commended House approval of a legislative package to fund repairs to Michigan’s transportation system.

He called the action a good first step toward a sustainable solution.

Lori voted in favor of the bills that will dedicate $450 million to help fix the state’s transportation system.

The increased funding would go into effect in 2015. Its source comes from an increase in permit fees and fines for overweight or oversized trucks.

Other components of the bills include dedicating sales-tax revenue not earmarked for schools or local governments to the fund, expanding the competitive-bidding process for road and bridge projects to ensure efficient funding, and late fees for vehicle registration as an additional source of funding.

The bills are on their way to the Senate for consideration.

Three involved in accident

April 29, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Names of the three people involved in a two-vehicle accident have been released by Michigan State Police.

The incident occurred around 12:15 p.m. Thursday at Riverside Drive and U.S. 131 in Constantine Township.

Investigators said Patricia VanDyke, 74, of Elkhart, proceeded east on Riverside and into the path of a northbound semi driven by Timothy Miller, 61, of Kalamazoo.

VanDyke and a passenger in her vehicle, John VanDyke, age not known, were airlifted to Kalamazoo for medical attention for serious injuries, investigators said.

Miller was not injured.

Road restrictions have been lifted

April 21, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The St. Joseph County Road Commission has announced seasonal road restrictions have been lifted.

The so-called frost law imposed speed and weight restrictions during the freeze-thaw cycle to help preserve the integrity of non-primary roadways.

The frost law was put into effect last month.

County Transportation seeks millage renewal

April 11, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The St. Joseph County Transportation Authority is seeking approval for a millage-request renewal in August.

During Thursday’s St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners’ executive committee meeting, CTA director Steve Yorks said the request would ask for renewal of 0.33 mills for a four-year period.

Committee members recommended the request appears before the board during its twice-a-month meeting Tuesday.

After it was established by voter approval in 2007, the millage was renewed by a 2-to-1 margin in 2010 for four years. Yorks said the 0.33 mills this year generated about $622,000 for the countywide transportation service.

The St. Joseph County Road Commission is expected to place a millage renewal before county voters during the August vote, as well.

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