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.
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.