Icy roads cause problems, including in Monroe County; Livonia plans full-scale …

Icy road conditions are causing problems across the state, including a stretch of I-75 in southeastern Michigan.

A semi-truck crash north of Monroe shut down part of the freeway for several hours on this morning. WWJ-AM reports traffic is moving again.

No injuries were reported.

The crash comes after authorities in Monroe County warned people to stay off the roads if possible through this morning. The advisory issued Tuesday asked people to stay off primary, secondary and side roads unless needed for work or emergencies.


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Authorities in Livonia are planning a “full-scale salt assault” on Livonia-maintained snow routes on Thursday when temperatures are expected to be rising.

“Temperatures remain at dangerously cold levels. Salt is not effective at these extreme temperature levels. Black ice and an icy glaze is evident on many roads. Mother nature is not cooperating today to begin salting of all Livonia-maintained snow routes. Salt is being put down at the intersections of Livonia-maintained roads in an attempt to provide some grit for traction,” according to an announcement from the Livonia Department of Public Works.


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Wayne County maintains most major roads in the city, but Livonia crews maintain “Newburgh, Schoolcraft, Levan, Stark and Ann Arbor Trail as well as half-mile roads such as Lyndon, West Chicago and Hubbard and subdivision streets.”

In Plymouth, drivers are being warned that Main Street between Linden and Sutherland will be closed to traffic because of ice until repairs are completed to fix a water main break this morning. The break, near the Goodyear tire store and the Mayflower Party Shop, was reported about 7:45 a.m.

In Canton, authorities are urging that residents be patient as township crews struggle to clear snow and ice from township-owned sidewalks, parking lots and pathways. The township is blaming delays in clearing the areas on heavy snow, cold temperatures and drifting snow.

“As large amounts of snow accumulate, township staff will be dispatched as part of its ongoing snow and ice removal operations to assure that Township-owned sidewalks are kept clear to provide pedestrian access. Both manual and mechanical means will be utilized to continue clearing and chemically treating these areas,” according to a press release from the township.

In Detroit, dozens of Greyhound bus riders were stranded overnight at the company’s station on Howard Street because of weather delays. Between 40 and 50 people remained at the station at 6 a.m. this morning.

As of 11:15 a.m. today, all scheduled routes were running as usual, according to Lanesha Gipson, a spokeswoman for Greyhound, which is based in Dallas.

Greyhound riders who were stranded were provided food vouchers to a nearby Burger King and allowed to relax on a running Greyhound bus, Gipson said, noting that the company’s Detroit and Indianapolis routes were the ones most affected by bad weather.

Across the region, crews spent the day Tuesday removing snow and stuck vehicles. Winds made the problem worse, sending snow onto roads that had been cleared.

The arctic blast was easing its grip on Michigan, but bitterly cold temperatures are expected throughout today in the state. The temperature in Detroit at 10 a.m. was 8 degrees, and the high for today is forecast to reach 14 degrees.