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There are Two ‘Spartan and Wolverine’ Intersections in Michigan

Given the popularity of Michigan's two largest universities, you might think there would be lots of streets named Spartan and Wolverine in the state, but there are just two places where Spartan meets Wolverine

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The Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Closure Just Got Worse – I-75 Could Close 60 Miles South of the Bridge

The travel headache in Northern Michigan that's likely to happen due to the closure of the Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day is getting worse.

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There Might Be a New Toll Bridge Coming To Michigan and Maybe That Should Concern You

There are four bridges that cross the Saginaw River in Bay City. Two of them are owned and maintained by the Michigan Department of Transportation while the other two are owned by the city. Those city owned bridges might be sold and tolled.

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Michigan Receives “D+” On American Society of Civil Engineers’ Infrastructure Report Card

Each year, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) rates every state's and the nation's infrastructure, and this year they gave both Michigan and the United States a bad grade...

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This is the Smallest Swing Bridge in the World – And it’s in Michigan

Swing bridges aren't particularly common. They swing open and closed to allow boat traffic to pass. The smallest one in operation anywhere in the world is in Michigan.

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There is No Spot in America Further from an Interstate Highway than Copper Harbor, Michigan

The Interstate Highway System connects the continental United States from coast to coast east to west and north to south. And this spot in Michigan is as far as you can get from an Interstate.

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Why Are Some Michigan Roads Known as ‘Trunk Lines?’

Numbered highways in Michigan are officially known as 'Trunk Lines.' How did they gain that silly name what exactly does it mean?

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A Group of Anarchists is Fixing Portland’s Pothole Problem

Instead of waiting for PBoT to get to the potholes, a group of local anarchists (yes, anarchists!) is taking matters into their own hands and patching the holes themselves!

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Crumbling Concrete on M-6 Will Be Fixed this Year

If M-6 is your daily route, some good news!

Since the concrete is starting to crumble at a faster rate than anticipated, the Michigan Department of Transportation announced on Friday that they would start construction on it later this year, according to WZZM-13...

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The S-Curve’s Anti-Icing System To Be Retired After Winter Has Ended

Did you know that the S-Curve on US-131 has an anti-icing system built into the bridge?  I didn't, so it was a double shock for me when the Michigan Department of Transportation announced that this winter will be the last time that it will run...

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Michigan Highways to Increase Speed Limits to 75

Governor Snyder signed a bill today to allow Michigan highway speed limits to increase to 75 miles per hour! The bill requires Michigan DOT to raise the speed limit on 600 miles of freeways if a study shows it's safe.

Does this mean that the new limits are all now instantly 75?

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Surprise, the Mackinac Bridge is Not the Largest Bridge in Michigan – This is

The Mackinac Bridge that connects Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas is the state's most iconic bridge and without question the longest, but it's not the largest.

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