Multiple crashes, slideoffs on U.S. 31

(UPDATED 2:55 p.m.) U.S. 31 southbound near Broadway and Sherman has been closed once again to traffic. This time because of multiple crashes with semi-trucks blocking all lanes.
Tribune Staff
Jan 22, 2014

Both U.S. 31 northbound near Hile Road and southbound near Sherman Boulevard were closed earlier in the day Wednesday because of the hazardous driving conditions and multiple crashes. They reopened, only to be closed again when the semi-trucks became involved in additional crashes.

The Michigan State Police and Fruitport Township and Norton Shores police are warning drivers to avoid traveling on U.S. 31 between Airline and Sherman because of multiple crashes and slide-offs in the area.

Police authorites said that multiple crashes were reported late Wednesday morning and several agencies have responded to the scene.

Northbound US 31 near I-96 and Hile Road is closed due to hazardous driving conditions and multiple crashes.  Also, both eastbound and westbound I-96 near Airline Road are experiencing multiple crashes and slideoffs due to the near white-out conditions. The MSP is advising motorists to avoid traveling on those freeways for the time being if at all possible.

If you must travel through this area, please allow yourself plenty of extra time as there are traffic delays due to multiple incidents in the area. If possible, choose another route.

Traffic remained backed up at noon near the I-96 interchange as tow trucks and emergency personnel work to clear the road.

Road conditions will likely continue to be poor as temperatures in the double or single digits make the use of salt nearly worthless, and because snow showers - heavy at times - are expected to continue through the day.




Salt doesn't work in double digit conditions? So we're cutting back on the effectiveness of that? I know when we visit family in Minnesota and N. Dakota during the winter the road crews use a liquid. That works great. Why doesn't Michigan use that? It does surprise me today that I haven't heard or seen a city or county plow truck. Out of money already?


There is a foot of snow in the Village of Spring Lake, where are the plows? OMGosh!


Yet people keep driving like idiots. Just got home from visiting family in Flint, and while I was doing 35 or under, everyone else was doing 55mph or faster (I took the back roads home) even though you could not see the sides of the road or more than two car lengths in front of you. Why are these people so dumb when it comes to driving?

On a side note, the roads were fine all the way across despite the snow, until I hit Ottawa County. Instantly turned to crap. I know salt doesn't work as good in the colder temperatures, but would it really be too hard to dump some sand down, at least at intersections/hills??? We have a limitless supply of the stuff. All the plow trucks are doing is polishing the ice and making it even more slick.


deja vu

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