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The Michigan Department of Transportation is lifting all weight restrictions on state trunkline highways in most of the Lower Peninsula. Special weight limits are put in place in the winter time to help protect the roads. (WDET)

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(MPRN-Lansing) In one of many concessions to the budget crisis of the 1990s, the state Capitol in Lansing was closed to the public on weekends. Now, almost 20 years later, finances have improved, and the historic building will re-open to visitors on Saturdays. 

Michigan's poor roads threaten to derail its economic recovery, according to a new report by a national transportation research group. "Your transportation system is tied very much to your economic system," said Rocky Moretti, director of policy and research for TRIP, a national research group funded by insurance companies, road builders and equipment manufacturers among others. "Michigan's three largest economic sectors – manufacturing, agriculture and tourism – are highly reliant on an efficient and well-maintained transportation system." (Detroit Free Press)

LANSING – Michigan's highway department repeatedly hires contractors whose work requires fixes, hasn't tracked contractors who've failed to fix their work, and relies on a faulty federal program to weed out bad actors. The Michigan Department of Transportation says 13% of warrantied roads jobs have required corrective action. But documented weaknesses in MDOT's oversight beg the questions: How many needed fixes have been missed? And what might be wrong on the 55% to 65% of MDOT jobs that aren't warrantied? (Lansing State Journal)

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(MPRN-Lansing) The Michigan Senate has taken an initial step toward overhauling Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system.