Local briefing

Phone outages continue

NEGAUNEE — Negaunee Regional Communications Center, Michigan State Police and Marquette County Central Dispatch are advising residents that Charter Communication customers across the Upper Peninsula are experiencing phone outages, a police report states.

According to the report, landlines are not functional as of Mining Journal press time this morning but cell phones are working and able to call 911.

Charter Communication is unsure what’s causing the problem but are working to resolve it.

The public will be notified when phone service is back up and running, the report states.

Drivers names released

MARQUETTE — The Michigan State Police – Negaunee Post has identified the drivers involved in a two-vehicle accident that occurred on County Road 550 near Beagle Club Road Saturday afternoon.

According to the police, Kayla Matusinec, 21, attempted to do a U-turn in the road when another vehicle driven by Clyde Vadnais, 68, crashed into her at approximately 3:15 p.m.

A police report states that Vadnais was traveling the same direction as Matusinec. He attempted to avoid her vehicle after coming around a curve but they collided as she attempted to complete the U-turn, the report said.

Both drivers were injured along with two passengers in Matusinec’s vehicle. A third passenger in Matusinec’s vehicle was not injured. Matusinec and her two passengers were taken to UP Health System – Marquette by ambulance to be treated for minor injuries. No further details were available before press time.

Transportation meeting set

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council will sponsor the 2017 TAMC Fall Conference on Thursday at the Holiday Inn of Marquette.

The conference will provide an educational forum for state, local and federal officials to examine the relationship between asset management and the condition of bridges, roads, highways and other public infrastructure.

With a theme of “From Policy to Practice” the conference will feature presentations from nationally renowned experts Dr. Judith Corley-Lay, Executive Director of the Center for Pavement Preservation and Gareth Lifton, Managing Director of KPMG and consultant for the Michigan 21st Century Infrastructure Pilots Program.

Other sessions will provide highlights from recent transportation developments and asset management applications within the Superior Region, County Road Association the City of Ann Arbor. The conference provides a forum for TAMC to provide program updates and receive feedback from conference guests.

The Michigan TAMC includes representatives from the Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Association of Counties, Michigan Townships Association, Michigan Association of Regions, Michigan Transportation Planning Association, and the County Road Association of Michigan.

Conference registration is managed by the Michigan Local Technical Assistance Program; contact by phone at 906-487-2102 or email at ctt@mtu.edu. Registration also can be done online at: http://ctt.nonprofitsoapbox.com/2017tamc-fall-conference.