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My Town Rockford: Gas leak leads to driving detours

My Town Rockford: Gas leak leads to driving detours

ROCKFORD, Mich.— Public Safety Officers are encouraging drivers to avoid a section of Rockford Tuesday, as utility crews work to seal a gas leak.

Public safety officers sent out an alert to drivers just before 8:45 a.m.  The leak is on Summit between Rockview and Riverchase.  That section of the road is expected to be closed to traffic until approximately 10:45 a.m.

It’s unclear what led to the gas leak.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town Rockford: Pothole repairs back up traffic on thoroughfare

My Town Rockford: Pothole repairs back up traffic on thoroughfare

ROCKFORD, Mich.--  The traffic headaches on 10 Mile Road and Northland Drive should be over for now.

Jerry Byrne with the Kent County Road Commission says the pavement replacement  work on 10 Mile Tuesday was a one-day project.  The road commission deemed the project necessary since the road had deteriorated significantly due to the harsh winter; pothole patching would not be sufficient.

The eight-hour project led to backups on the thoroughfare, as drivers were forced to make indirect left turns.  However, Byrne says the repairs should last five to seven years.

Byrne says one of the next major projects for the road commission will be replacing approximately three miles of pavement on Byron Center Avenue, between 76th and 84th streets.  That work is expected to begin next week and last two to three days.  Drivers can expect one-lane closures in both directions during the project.

My Town: Cannon Township racks up road costs due to harsh winter

My Town: Cannon Township racks up road costs due to harsh winter

CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The harsh winter is adding up to more bills for Cannon Township.

Last week, the township board approved five projects with the Kent County Road Commission.  Supervisor Steve Grimm says the township expects to spend about $450,000 on roads this year, due to the harsh winter.  That’s $250,000 more than previously approved through the budget.  The work includes adding a turn lane from Wolverine Worldwide to Meyers Lake, as well as plenty of winter road repairs.

My Town: Emergency funding to bring pothole relief to drivers

My Town: Emergency funding to bring pothole relief to drivers

KENT COUNTY, Mich.— State lawmakers are coming to the rescue of drivers trying to dodge a plethora of potholes this year.

The legislature Wednesday approved $215 million in emergency road funding,  including $115 million for priority projects and $100 million to assist with maintainence needed due to the harsh winter.    

“The additional funding is much needed to combat the brutal winter we experienced this year and to start to reverse the toll it took on Michigan’s roadways,” said Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker.  “The investment in local roads will help to limit the expenses associated with car repairs due to poor road conditions.”

The emergency funding includes nearly $1.9 million to maintain and fix Kent County’s roads.  That includes more than $235,000 for the following communities:

My Town Rockford: Freedom In Motion seeks dedicated riders

My Town Rockford: Freedom In Motion seeks dedicated riders

ROCKFORD, Mich.--  A nonprofit organization is looking for cyclists to dedicate their lungs and legs to providing bicycles for those who need it.

Freedom In Motion is organizing a 270 mile fundraiser ride from Rockford to Mackinaw City.  The three-day journey will start June 19 and include overnight stops in Cadillac and Petoskey.  Food, lodging and transportation back to Rockford will be provided to participants.

Freedom In Motion fixes up donated bicycles for people who need them- from children whose families cannot afford a bicycle to adults who do not have a driver’s license. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward parts and tools to fix up the donated bicycles.

Rockford's Courtland Dr. NE to receive much needed sidewalks

Rockford's Courtland Dr. NE to receive much needed sidewalks

ROCKFORD, Mich.--At its January meeting, the Rockford City Council unanimously approved a resolution to earmark $9,250 of state awarded Community Development Block Grant money towards the future installation of a sidewalk alongside a heavily trafficked road on Rockford's far eastern border. 

A .8-mile stretch of Courtland Dr. NE between 10 Mile Road and 11 Mile Road will see construction, in phases, of a sidewalk along the western side of the roadway. The roadway  is the boundary between the City of Rockford and Courtland Township.