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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Work zone delay incurs $16 bill to Michigan

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio woman has sent Michigan transportation officials a bill for the $16 she says she wasted on gasoline sitting in construction zone traffic.
Carol Greenberg tells The Blade there were no signs warning about the work on southbound Interstate 275 where it merges with I-75 near Newport, Mich., about 27 miles north of Toledo.
So, she says she got stuck idling for about 50 minutes on July 23 while trying to get home to the Toledo suburbs with her cat after a visit to a specialty veterinarian outside Detroit. She says her Maine coon cat Sammy disliked the delay and howled the whole time.
In response, the Michigan Department of Transportation wrote her it's unable to reimburse drivers for time, wages, or gas lost in work zone back-ups.
Information from: The Blade,


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