Well, "that was fast" said no one, ever on I-75 in Michigan.

Thanks to new legislation, that's about to change.

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What is an HOV Lane?

Regular out-of-state drivers have likely driven HOV lanes in their travels. It's a way to reduce traffic in high volume areas.

  • It's a lane, often on the left of a major expressway, designated for High Occupancy Vehicles (two or more passengers). Sometimes these are referred to as carpool lanes.
  • You'll see signage and road paint stating: "Express Lane," or a giant white diamond in the middle of the specific lane (see picture below).
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  • Lane usage is sometimes 24/7 in very high-traffic cities. Other times, they're restricted to rush hour.

HOV lanes have proven very effective in other major cities. Think Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, etc.

Where Will Michigan's First HOV Lanes Be Located?

Michigan has not had HOV Lanes until now. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed House Bill 4353 into law.

The best news, these lanes are already completed on I-75 in Oakland County. They were built with federal funding.

Credit: Google Maps, Canva
Credit: Google Maps, Canva

MDOT has been modernizing 18 miles of I-75 in Oakland County.

The state will set operating hours of 6am-9am and 3pm-6pm Monday through Friday HOV Lanes on that stretch of I-75. Look for them to open in the coming days, weeks.

These are not toll lanes. As long as two or more people are in the car, you're good.

The Detroit Free Press reports, if the driver is the only person in the car, they'll be "responsible for a civil infraction or fined."

Detroit Lions QB Jared Goff's $10.5M Mansion

Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff has a new pad and it is fabulous. The $10.5 million estate is located in Manhattan Beach, California, and it is nothing short of stunning.

The five-bedroom mansion was once owned by Shaquille O'Neal and 'Modern Family' Executive Producer Danny Zuker.

Gallery Credit: George McIntyre

Look Inside Stunning Former Home of Ex-Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford

When Stafford headed for the west coast not only had to say goodbye to his Lions team and the city of Detroit, but he and his wife Kelly also said goodbye to their magnificent home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The incredible lakefront home on Long Pointe Drive was listed for $6.5 million when the couple sold it.

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Return to Boblo Island! Stay at This Stunning Airbnb on the Historic Island

Boblo Island located just above the mouth of the Detroit River, was a popular amusement park that welcomed guests from Michigan and the shores of Canada from 1898 until its closure on September 30, 1993. There's new life on the island, rebranded Bois Blanc, with beautiful homes that have the nostalgic side of many wishing for a glance into Boblo now. Well, here's your chance.
Today residents and visitors are now welcomed to Bois Blanc Canada via the under five-minute car ferry ride from Amherstburg, Ontario. Aside from those who live there, and their guests, not many have had a chance to return to Boblo Island...until now.
There is only one Airbnb available to rent and the 3 bedroom and 3 bathroom home is stunning. Renting for around $246 a night, your inner child may need a little trip to Boblo Island.

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