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Michigan Rail Conference 2024, Livonia MI, Aug 14-16

Early-Bird Registration has been extended thru 05 July 2024!

Register now for the 2024 Michigan Rail Conference August 14-16, 2023 in Livonia, MI.  The conference will also function as the inaugural annual meeting for the recently established National University Rail Center of Excellence (NURail CoE).

Featuring our Keynote Speaker, Patrick Fuchs, Member of the Surface Transportation Board, we have a great lineup of speakers and events that you won’t want to miss!

Wednesday, August 14th kicks off our events with our Student Scholarship Golf Outing Fundraiser at Fox Creek Golf Course followed by small group meetings and the Opening Reception.

The educational sessions are Thursday, August 15th on the campus of Schoolcraft College, followed by the closing reception.

Field Visits will run during the morning of  Friday, August 16th.


Mechanic Street to close on Feb. 27

Mechanic Street to close on Feb. 27
for railroad bridge construction work in Jackson

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will close Mechanic Street to resume improvements around a railroad bridge. This work is part of the Jackson Railroad Bridges Replacement Project to replace two century-old railroad bridges over Jackson and Mechanic streets. The project also includes replacement of the railroad grade crossing at Blackstone Street.  

The bridges are on a segment of railroad owned by MDOT within the federally designated high-speed rail corridor between Chicago and Detroit/Pontiac, supporting Amtrak passenger service and Norfolk Southern freight trains. The $32.9 million project is estimated to be completed in October 2023. 


Mechanic Street 

Closest city:

Start date:
7 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 27, 2023 

Completion date:
October 2023

Traffic restrictions:
Mechanic Street will close to traffic on Feb. 27 and Blackstone Street will close in early April. Jackson Street will remain open until the railroad bridges are replaced in August. Detroit and Van Buren streets will remain closed through the end of the project. Motorists should follow the posted detours. 

Safety benefit:
Replacing these bridges will ensure smooth and safe railroad operations while maintaining this vital part of the state’s economy. Closing streets during this type of work is necessary to provide the safest work area possible for crews and motorists.