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Plan a Winter Fun Road Trip to Michigan!

It’s that time of the year to bring out the coats, boots, gloves and hats, as well as the skis, snowboards, snowshoes, fishing rods, fat-tire bikes, ice skates and snowmobiles! Benzie County is ready to launch the winter season with activities that make winter in Michigan an outdoor paradise for snow lovers. From Crystal Mountain’s $11 million expansion, to enticing events and activities, Benzie County offers experiences to match everyone’s interest.

Skiing and Snowboarding at an award-winning resort
There’s no better place in the Midwest than Crystal Mountain for downhill skiing and snowboarding that was named among the “top ten best ski resorts for families in the U.S. and Canada” by Conde Nast Magazine in 2017. This season, they will debut their new $11 million expansion including 25 new suites, a Mountain Market, Bru bar, rooftop terrace, and new terrain park. And if you just want to relax in an award-winning spa, there’s that too.

Snowmobiling on 135 miles of trails that span Benzie County and beyond
If it’s snowing in Northern Michigan, Benzie County is a snowmobiler’s dream tour. With 135 miles of trails, riders can experience interesting terrain and the small towns and villages throughout the county.


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Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing on groomed trails and along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Benzie County offers 22 miles along the Betsie Valley Trail for cross country skiing, 30 km of well-groomed cross-country and snowshoeing trails at Crystal Mountain, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, as well as weekend guided snowshoe tours.

Fishing in Benzie County on 50+ inland lakes and rivers
Fishing on ice (weather dependent) or on shore takes place all year long in Benzie County which has over 50 inland lakes, including one of the biggest lakes in Michigan – Crystal Lake. Winter fishing guide services are available through Sports Fish Michigan.

To learn more about seasonal activities, events, and nearby award-winning wineries, distilleries, breweries, and unique restaurants, contact Benzie County Visitors Bureau at 1-800-882-5801 or see www.visitbenzie.com.


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Best, Worst Times to Travel This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and this year traffic may prove to be a record breaker.

Traveling I-75 can be a real pain with heavy traffic and plenty of short tempers. Here are a few tips to help make your Thanksgiving holiday voyage less stressful:

Getting There:

  • The absolute worst time to get on the road is the day before Thanksgiving (Wednesday, November 22) and if you leave in mid-afternoon (3:00 p.m.) you definitely won’t be a happy camper once you get there.
  • If you have no choice but to leave on Wednesday, make it as early as possible. Start you trip no later than 6:00 a.m. to avoid traffic delays.
  • The Sunday before Thanksgiving (November 19) is the best day to leave for your Thanksgiving road trip, the earlier, the better.
  • Thanksgiving morning is also a good time to leave, the earlier , the better.

Returning Home:

  • The day after Thanksgiving (Friday, November 24) before 6:00 a.m. is the best day and time to return from your Thanksgiving trip.
  • Saturday and Sunday (November 25 and 26) late afternoon are the worst days and times to return from your Thanksgiving road trip. Avoid being on the road between 11:00 a.m and 6:00 p.m. Traffic will be heavy during those times.
  • If you have no choice but to leave on Saturday, try leaving as early as possible (before 6 a.m.) to avoid traffic delays.

Depending on where you’re heading, and how long the trip will be, you might be able to schedule the time when you are on the road to at avoid the worst of it.

Adjust your schedule or route and consider these options:

  • Take a bypass route around large cities
  • Tune to a radio station and monitor the traffic reports
  • If you have mobile access, Use live-traffic-reports.com to monitor traffic
  • Stop at a rest area if headed into heavy traffic and wait until the worst of it has subsided
  • Avoid shopping districts (Black Friday is usually gridlocked around major shopping areas)

Drive responsibly and have a safe trip!


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Ramp Closures for I-75 Construction in Michigan This Weekend

The Michigan Department of Transportation reports the following I-75 construction activities through Sunday, November 5:

  • In Oakland County, Northbound I-75 ramp to Westbound I-696, RAMP CLOSED, Friday at 9:00 pm to Saturday at 5:00 am.
  • In Oakland County, Northbound I-75 ramp to Eeasbound I-696, RAMP CLOSED, Saturday at 9:00 pm to Sunday at 5:00 am.
  • In Oakland County, Northbound/Southbound M-24 ramps to I-75, RAMPS CLOSED, Thursday at 9:00 pm to Friday at 5:00 am.
  • In Oakland County, Northbound/Southbound M-24 ramps to I-75, RAMPS CLOSED, Friday at 9:00 pm to Monday at 5:00 am.
  • In Wayne County, Northbound I-75 at Goddard, ONE LANE OPEN, Friday at 9:00 pm to Saturday at 7:00 pm for repair.

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I-75 Lane Closures This Weekend in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Transportation reminds motorists of the following I-75 construction activities that may impact your travel this weekend.

  • Wayne – Northbound I-75, from Schaefer to Springwells
    1 lane open, 2 lanes closed, From Friday at 9:00 pm to Monday at 5:00 am.
  • Oakland – Northbound I-75,  from 8 Mile to I-696 lane closures:
    • Saturday from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm, 2 left lanes closed, 2 right open.
    • Saturday from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm, left lane closed, 3 right open.

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Near Peak Fall Foliage Colors Along I-75 in Michigan and Ohio

Ready for a roadtrip? This weekend is a great time to plan an I-75 fall foliage tour! Right now Central and Southern Michigan as well as most of Ohio are in the midst of near peak fall foliage color along the I-75 corridor.

In Michigan you’ll find near peak color from the Ohio state line northward on I-75 thru Monroe, Detroit, Troy, Auburn Hills, to Flint. Just about the entire length of I-75 in Ohio is showing spectacular color. Begin your roadtrip in Dayton and travel northward thru Sidney, Lima, and Findlay to Toledo. Great colors and plenty of opportunities to take an exit and explore the more rural countryside.

What’s cool about viewing fall colors from the Interstate? The experience is totally different in either direction. Drive north on I-75, turn around and head south and you’ll see a whole new perspective right before your eyes! You can easily spend several days exploring small towns and villages directly off the Interstate exits along the way.


For more I-75 information, visit www.i75exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Michigan to Florida!

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I-75 Construction This Weekend in Detroit. Expect Delays

I-75 construction in the metro Detroit area this weekend (September 29 – October 1) will result in the following traffic impacts:

  • Oakland – NB/SB I-75 at 14 Mile:
    ALL RAMPS CLOSED to/from 75/14 Mile
    Friday 10pm – Sunday 10am.
  • Oakland – NB/SB I-75 at 12 Mile:
    ALL RAMPS CLOSED to/from 75/12 Mile
    Friday 10pm – Sunday 10am
  • Oakland – NB I-75, Coolidge to M-59
    • Friday 8pm – Saturday 8pm 3 lanes open, 1 lane closed
    • Saturday 8pm – Sunday 12pm 1 LANE OPEN, 3 lanes closed
    • Sunday 12pm – Mon 5am 3 lanes open, 1 lane closed.
  • Oakland – SB I-75, M-59 to Coolidge
    2 lanes open, 2 closed
    Saturday 12pm – Sunday 5am.
  • Oakland – SB I-75, Rochester to Maple
    2 lanes open, 1 left closed
    Saturday 7am – 6pm.
  • Oakland – SB Rochester ramp to SB I-75
    RAMP CLOSED, nightly
    10pm – 10am, Friday – Sunday.
  • Oakland – NB/SB I-75 ramp to Rochester
    RAMP CLOSED, nightly
    10 pm – 10 am, Friday – Sunday.
  • Oakland – NB Rochester ramp to NB I-75
    RAMP CLOSED, nightly 10 pm – 10 am, Friday – Sunday.
  • Oakland – NB I-75 exit ramp to 12 Mile Rd:
    RAMP CLOSED, daily, Saturday 7am – Sunday 7pm.
  • Oakland – EB 12 Mile Rd entrance ramp to NB I-75:
    RAMP CLOSED, daily, Saturday 7am – Sunday 7pm.
  • Oakland – SB I-75, M-59 to Coolidge:
    1 LANE OPEN, 3 closed, Friday 8pm to Saturday 12pm.
  • Oakland – NB I-75, 12 Mile to 14 Mile:
    2 left lanes open, right closed, daily, 9am – 3pm, Monday – Friday.

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Foliage Colors Nearing Peak Conditions in Northern Michigan Along I-75

Planning a fall foliage roadtrip? Some of the most breathtaking fall foliage vistas in the country can be found along I-75 in Michigan and the Upper Peninsula regions. These areas will be showing near peak colors in just a week or two!

You’ll find near peak fall foliage colors from Lansing northward thru Mt. PleasantGrayling, Gaylord, St. Ignace to Sault Ste. Marie in Canada.

What’s cool about viewing fall colors from the Interstate? The experience is totally different in either direction. Drive north on I-75, turn around and head south and you’ll see a whole new perspective right before your eyes! You can easily spend several days exploring small towns and villages directly off the Interstate exits along the way.


For more I-75 information, visit www.i75exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to America’s Interstate 75. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Michigan to Florida!

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I-75 Construction Work Zone in Detroit Expanding

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has begun a $56.5 million project to remove and replace concrete pavement and sewers in southwest Detroit between Clark Avenue and Springwells Street. This project also will include the installation of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and fiber optic upgrade between the I-75/I-96 interchange and West Road in Woodhaven. ITS will be used to gather and share road information: cameras, dynamic message signs (DMS), travel times, etc.

This project is in addition to the current I-75 Rouge River Detroit-Downriver Connection project and will be an extension of the current southbound work zone. By performing this work during the “I-75 Rouge” project between Springwells Street and Northline Road, it will modify current lane closures and traffic safety devices to save time, money, and future inconvenience to drivers and residents.

One southbound lane will remain open from Clark Avenue to Springwells Street where traffic must exit for the freeway closure. This work will continue through the winter and is expected to be completed next fall. This project will follow “I-75 Rouge” with southbound traffic detoured and northbound traffic remaining open and shifted onto new pavement through the next year.

 

TRAFFIC IMPACT:

To safely merge traffic into one lane, barrels will be placed north of the I-75/I-96 interchange and drivers will have one ramp lane to southbound I-75 and one ramp lane to westbound I-96 which has four lanes open. Drivers are strongly encouraged to use the westbound I-96 detour to avoid the I-75 work zones and closure.

Ambassador bridge traffic will continue the current configuration of cars exiting to westbound I-96 and trucks exiting onto one lane of southbound I-75 into the work zone.


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Michigan DOT Suspends Works Zone Restrictions Over 4th of July Weekend

The Michigan Department of Transportation reports that it will suspend work zone restrictions on nearly 75 percent of its road and bridge projects over the Fourth of July weekend to ease congestion and increase safety.

Although some equipment and traffic configurations will remain over the weekend, suspending construction operations improves safety for workers and motorists.

More Americans will travel for this 4th of July holiday than ever before, according to projections from AAA. That goes for Michigan, too. The auto club expects more than 1.48 million Michiganders to travel at least 50 miles from home for the Independence Day weekend, a 3.3 percent increase from last year’s holiday travel period. The last time Michigan’s travel volume for Independence Day weekend was higher was 15 years ago.

Beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, June 30, and continuing until 6 a.m. Wednesday, July 5, 94 out of 129 projects statewide will have lane restrictions removed. While motorists will see suspended operations in most MDOT construction zones for the weekend, drivers are advised that equipment and certain traffic configurations, like temporary shifts or shoulder closures, may remain in place.

“Traveling to summer destinations in Michigan is always exciting. But driving is serious business and motorists need to focus at all times,” State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle said. “Many of our work zones will be removed for holiday travel, but driver attentiveness must remain. Please drive with care as we celebrate our country’s independence.”

The following is a list of work zones that will remain active or have restrictions during the Fourth of July weekend. If necessary, detour routes will be posted at the project location.

Northern Lower Peninsula

  • I-75, Ogemaw County, will have traffic shifts south of West Branch. The northbound I-75 West Branch Rest Area will be closed.

Central Michigan and Thumb

  • I-75/I-675 interchange, Saginaw County, has lane closures and traffic shifts at the north junction between Exit 154 and Exit 160. Three lanes will be open in the peak direction of travel with a moveable barrier wall.

Metro Detroit

  • I-75 has lane closures in effect at Square Lake Road for interchange reconstruction.
  • I-75 has two lanes open in each direction on the northbound side of the freeway between Auburn Road and Coolidge Road. The following ramps are closed:
    • Eastbound M-59 to southbound I-75, and
    • The Adams Road entrance and exit ramps to and from southbound I-75.
  • I-75 has the southbound lanes closed between Springwells Street and Northline Road for bridge work.
  • I-75 has the southbound lanes closed at Goddard Road for bridge replacement.
  • I-75 has the northbound ramp to westbound West Road closed for bridge widening.
  • The I-75/M-10 interchange has ramp closures for bridge reconstruction.

For more I-75 construction info, visit  www.i75exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to I-75, America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Michigan to Florida! Plus I-75 construction, real-time traffic and road news.

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Weekend Ramp Closure on I-75 in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Transportation reports the following I-75 construction projects that will impact traffic this weekend.

Construction is weather dependent. Please be aware when driving within a construction zone.

  • Wayne: Southbound I-75 at Northbound M-10: Interchange ramp close from Friday, June 9 at 7:00 PM to Monday, June  12 at 5:00 AM.

For more I-75 construction info, visit  www.i75exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to I-75, America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Michigan to Florida! Plus I-75 construction, real-time traffic and road news.

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