With our Portland’s location roughly half way between the business and education centers of Lansing and Grand Rapids, it is no surprise that many Portlander’s travel multiple times a week to one these cities for school or work. I know a few locals who even travel to Jackson each day.
With nearly any inclement weather in the area, I regularly see social media posts asking questions like, “How is the highway to Lansing?”
Personally, I spent five years driving to Grand Rapids daily and almost six years driving to the Lansing area. I know from experience just how helpful a clear prediction of your morning commute can be.
While there are free traffic apps like Waze readily available for commuters, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) also offers a resource that many road-warriors may find helpful.
MDOT’s Mi Drive can be accesses via laptop or smart phone. Mi Drive provides a map with interactive layers for traffic speed, accidents, lane closures, traffic cameras, and even the location of MDOT maintenance vehicles/plows.
According to MDOT, ““The Mi Drive site provides real-time information for motorists traveling on I, M and US routes in Michigan.”
You can access Mi Drive at www.michigan.gov/drive.