By Melissa Burnor
Five people were transported to hospitals – four by helicopters – after an apparent head-on crash on U.S. 223 west of Grosvenor Highway Friday afternoon. Rescue, fire, and police were dispatched at 2:25 p.m. Witnesses at the scene said a westbound vehicle appeared to cross the center line and struck an eastbound vehicle.
Corporal Benjamin Oram from the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office said a total of five people were transported. One was taken to ProMedica Bixby Hospital, he said. Four other patients were taken in separate helicopters, some with critical injuries. Three helicopters left at approximately 3:20 p.m. A fourth landed after the first three left and took a patient towards Toledo at 3:50 p.m.
Oram said the road would be shut down for a significant amount of time while an accident … Read More »
The Blissfield DDA/Main Street has announced that the National Park Service has approved the addition of the downtown Blissfield historic district to the National Registry of Historic Places. On July 10, the director of the National Park Service announced the acceptance of Blissfield’s nomination application.
The official designation on the National Registry of Historic Places means that Blissfield property owners can take advantage of federal tax credits when considering improvements in the district, according to Patricia Rayl, Blissfield DDA/Main Street director.
Blissfield’s district, comprised of 44 contributing buildings, and eight non-contributing buildings, is an unusually large district for the NRHP. A contributing structure means it was built during the “period of significance.”
For Blissfield, the period of significance is between the 1870s and 1960s. The first brick commercial buildings, on what is now the 100-block of West Adrian Street, were erected after … Read More »
As the clock ticks down the the start of the 2015 River Raisin Festival, a few changes have been made to accommodate some activities. According to festival officials, the decision to move the Saturday tractor pulls to the Heritage Tractor Pull site on the south end of Jipson Street was made Tuesday evening. Although they hoped to be able to use some of the west side of the park for loading and unloading tractors to the track, rain Tuesday made that area of the park too wet to use.
Two other changes to keep in mind before attending the festival.
* Bingo by the Blissield Athletic Boosters from 4-8 p.m. Saturday has been moved to the picnic shelter near the shuffleboard courts in Ellis Park.
* The Garden Train sponsored by … Read More »
As the River Raisin continues to recede remnants of the flood still remain. As of 3:30 a.m. Thursday the river was still about 3.5 inches above its banks in Blissfield, according to readings reported by the National Weather Service. It is predicted the river will drop another eight inches by 6 p.m. today. Several large logs still remain near the U.S. 223 bridge with one very large log that appears to be approximately three feet in diameter wedged along the south side of the bridge. The current reading available of the river puts it at 682.3 feet above sea level.
Michigan Department of Transportation spokesperson Kari Arend said motorists can expect the bridge to remain at two lanes for at least two days.
“The water has to recede enough for us to get under and inspect the bridge,’ she said.
The north … Read More »
The U.S. 223 bridge over the River Raisin was reopened in a limited capacity Tuesday afternoon.
Traffic is being restricted to one lane in each direction pending a full inspection of the bridge by inspectors with the Michigan Department of Transportation, according to a news release from Blissfield Village Police Chief Dale Greenleaf.
The bridge was closed early Monday morning due to extensive flooding and near-record water levels in the River Raisin after continuous rain Friday night and Saturday.
By Melissa Burnor
The River Raisin crested about 4 p.m. Monday at Blissfield at a near record level of 686.6 feet above sea level, according to Lenawee County Emergency Management Director Curtis Parsons. Parsons took another reading at 7:30 p.m. and the river had dropped about 3.25 inches.
Water rose quickly Sunday and a log jam formed on the edge of the U.S. 223 bridge. Workers from the Michigan Department of Transportation removed most of the logs Sunday evening before the bridge was shut down. Officials closed the bridge before sunrise Monday morning and it remains closed until water levels lower and an inspection by MDOT that should allow for its reopening later this week.
A flood warning remains in effect from the National Weather Service.
For more photos and coverage, please see the July 1, 2015, edition of The Advance on newsstands Tuesday … Read More »
Residents of Blissfield are buzzing about “how to get across town” in the wake of Monday morning’s U.S. 223 bridge closure due to the extremely high level of the River Raisin. People on the west are looking for ways to get to the east side and beyond, and vice versa.
Following is the news release issued by Chief Dale Greenleaf at 4:30 a.m. Monday:
CLOSURE OF U.S. 223 IN BLISSFIELD
THE AUTHORITY OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE
DUE TO FLOODING, U.S. 223 IN BLISSFIELD IS CLOSED AT THE RIVER RAISIN. THERE ARE A LARGE NUMBER OF ROAD CLOSURES THROUGHOUT LENAWEE COUNTY DUE TO THE FLOODING. COMMERCIAL TRUCK TRAFFIC IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO AVOID TRAFFIC ON COUNTY ROADS. WESTBOUND US-223 TRAFFIC WILL BE RE-ROUTED SOUTH ON RIGA HWY FROM US-223 TO WESTON RD, WESTON RD WEST TO M-52, M-52 NORTH TO US-223. … Read More »
The logjam at the River Raisin U.S. 223 bridge continued to gather debris as a log lodged horizontally between the U.S. 223 bridge and its companion pedestrian bridge. This video was taken at 1:01 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 2015, by Melinda Trine. Please click on IMG_0480.mov to activate the video.
By Melissa Burnor
At approximately 9:45 a.m. Sunday, a large tree more than 40 feet in length and 18 inches in diameter that appeared to be pulled from its roots somewhere upstream of Blissfield landed parallel to the U.S. 223 bridge over the River Raisin and could not pass under the structure Within minutes several other large branches and tree trunks floating down river began to get clogged under the bridge.
By 10 a.m. the log jam extended more than 20 feet south of the bridge.
Authorities have been notified and are checking on the situation according to Blissfield Police Chief Dale Greenleaf. MDoT has been called in to consult on the logjam.
By Melissa Burnor
The Lenawee County Road Commission will be shutting down the bridge on Crockett Highway south of Gorman Road until it can be replaced.
The Hoagland Highway bridge north of Laberdee Road is permanently closed.
Grant Emery of the LCRC said engineers were out Sunday inspecting critical bridges in the wake of flooding caused by Friday and Saturday rains in the area. The Hoagland Highway bridge is washed out. The Crockett bridge is unsafe, he said.
A logjam was impeding flow of water at the U.S. 223 bridge in Blissfield Sunday and MDOT has been called in to consult on the situation, however the bridge is not closed and traffic was flowing smoothly Sunday afternoon.
For the complete story, please see the July 1, 2015, edition of The Advance. Copyright 2015, River Raisin Publications, Inc.