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File #: 21-0861    Version: Name: 5/3/21 Resolution to Request MDOT Address Frequency of Commercial Truck Crashes on M-14 Bridge Over Huron River
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 5/3/2021 In control: City Council
On agenda: 5/3/2021 Final action: 5/3/2021
Enactment date: 5/3/2021 Enactment #: R-21-162
Title: Resolution to Request the Michigan Department of Transportation to Address the Frequency of Commercial Truck Crashes on the Eastbound M-14 Bridge over the Huron River
Sponsors: Erica Briggs, Lisa Disch, Jeff Hayner, Kathy Griswold, Ali Ramlawi
Title
Resolution to Request the Michigan Department of Transportation to Address the Frequency of Commercial Truck Crashes on the Eastbound M-14 Bridge over the Huron River
Memorandum
Since June 2019, there have been three serious crashes involving commercial trucks on eastbound M-14 over the Huron River, which have released diesel fuel into the Huron River. One of these crashes resulted in the fatality of the truck driver. There have been significantly more motor vehicle crashes at this location. The bridge itself is in the Charter Township of Ann Arbor. However, the Huron River immediately south of the bridge is in the City of Ann Arbor.

Within a 48-hour period starting the afternoon of April 15, 2021, there were three, separate commercial truck crashes. All three crashes occurred during heavy rain events. One of these three crashes caused a diesel release with the other two involving a rollover of the truck and trailer.

Eastbound M-14 over the Huron River is presenting a danger to public safety and environmental health. There has been one fatality and repeated environmental harm. City Council is asking the Michigan Department of Transportation to take deliberate measures to either reduce speeds, re-engineer the road to increase traction and prevent hydroplaning, or implement other means to reduce or eliminate this hazard.

Budget/Fiscal Impact: None
Staff
Prepared by: Mike Kennedy, Fire Chief
Reviewed by: John Fournier, Assistant City Administrator
Approved by: Tom Crawford, City Administrator
Body
Whereas, The City is concerned about the safety of motorists using the limited access roadway system that circles the City;

Whereas, The Huron River is a key natural resource for both the City and region and all efforts should be made to reduce or eliminate the release of hazardous materials into the Huron River or Huron River watershed;

Whereas, There is a consistent pattern of commercial truck crashes on eastbound M-14 over the Huron River during ...

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