A stream of southbound vehicles Wednesday morning was the first group of vehicles to travel the now-open U.S. 131 Constantine Bypass.
A ceremony to commemorate the completion of the $18 million task was staged two weeks ago, so the opening was done Wednesday without fanfare. Traffic to the northbound lane was permitted about half an hour later, around 11 a.m., said Nick Schirripa, MDOT spokesman.
Work on the five-mile bypass started in February and finished about a month ahead of schedule. It stretches from Zerbe Road at its north end to Dickinson Road at its south end.
Schirripa said a number of minor issues remain to be addressed, and crews will complete what work they can now before finishing up landscaping duties in the spring.
A one-car crash in Florence Township over the weekend has left one man dead.
The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said the vehicle was being driven north on Lutz Road when it crossed the centerline, went off the road and struck a tree in the 65000 block around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
The vehicle, which was reported stolen from Sturgis and was suspected as being driven at a high rate of speed, subsequently caught fire.
Investigators said the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Dental records will be consulted to help investigators determine his identity.
Two people suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle accident over the weekend in Fabius Township.
The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Becky Sue Elliot, a 42-year-old White Pigeon resident, was attempting to turn east onto Broadway Road from southbound U.S. 131, when she turned in the path of an oncoming vehicle.
The northbound vehicle was driven by 51-year-old David Lee Pyle, of Zeeland.
The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Alcohol was not a factor in the accident, investigators said.
A Constantine truck driver was cited for driving too fast for conditions following an accident Friday afternoon in the village of Centreville.
According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, Glenn Miller was ticketed after the 12:18 p.m. incident on West Main Street near West Burr Oak Street.
Miller, 63, was driving his rig west on Main Street when he lost control and went off the road in the 300 block of West Main Street. His semi hit a utility pole, resulting in downed power lines.
The semi slid into a parked, unoccupied Oldsmobile Bravada, investigators said.
No injuries were reported.
A full-size pickup truck was reported stolen this week from a residence in White Pigeon Township.
State police investigators said a 2008 Toyota Tundra was taken between 8 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday from a residence in the 1500 block of Lake Road.
The vehicle was parked inside a pole barn and features an extended cab, four doors and is brown or bronze. Its license plate number is BYS7275.
Several vehicles in White Pigeon Township were broken into during the early morning hours Oct. 9.
State police investigators said the vehicles were parked in the 68000 block of Klinger Lake Road.
Access was gained into unlocked vehicles, and a variety of valuables were subsequently taken. A homeowner reported seeing a black car in the area during the time of the incidents.