Dear Neighbor,

Here is some information that I hope you will find helpful, including updates and news from your state government.

MDOT Lifting Traffic Restrictions for Independence Day Weekend

This Fourth of July weekend, the Michigan Department of Transportation is removing lane restrictions on 105 out of 174 projects to help ease congestion and increase safety. Lane restrictions will be removed beginning at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, and will continue until 6 a.m. on Monday, July 8. Note that while operations will be suspended in most work zones, equipment and some traffic configurations may remain in place, including shoulder closures or temporary shifts. AAA expects more than 2.6 million Michiganders to travel 50 miles or more during the holiday weekend.

Visit the MI Drive website for the most up-to-date information on MDOT projects.


Stay Safe This Independence Day by Following These Fireworks Safety Tips

According to the U.S. Product Consumer Safety Commission, 9,700 fireworks-related injuries and 8 deaths were reported in the U.S. last year. Practice fireworks safety by following these helpful tips:

  • Keep a pail of water nearby in case of fire and to extinguish fireworks that don’t ignite.
  • Only light one firework at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Do not allow young children to handle fireworks.
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  • Wear protective eyewear when lighting fireworks.
  • Keep fireworks away from people, houses and flammable material.
  • Do not attempt to re-light malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Soak used fireworks in water for a few hours before throwing them out.
  • Do not hold lighted fireworks.

 Office Closed for Independence Day

 Happy Independence Day! Let’s celebrate the progress we’ve made and recognize the work still ahead. America’s journey continues, as we strive for a more united union.

My office will be closed July 4 through July 5. If you need emergency food, housing or utility assistance during this period, please call 211.


Kara Hope

State Representative

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MDOT Surveying Residents on Vulnerable Road User Safety

The Michigan Department of Transportation is conducting a 15-question survey to improve vulnerable road user safety and reduce fatal and serious injury crashes. Vulnerable road users include pedestrians, bikers and rollers (non-motorized) on public roads or in work zones. For more information and to participate in the survey, visit the link here. Responses must be submitted by Sunday, Aug. 18.

Arthritis Foundation Presents “Walk with Ease” Program for Seniors

Get moving with the Arthritis Foundation’s free, six-week “Walk with Ease” program. Walk with Ease is an exercise program that focuses on reducing pain and improving overall health. Participants will commit to walking 3 times per week for 6 weeks and weekly check-ins. Optional group walks will also be offered every Thursday from July 18 through Aug. 22, at Sam Corey Senior Center, 2108 Cedar Street, Holt. To register, contact the Tri-County Office on Aging at (517) 887-1465 or

Save Money on Groceries with Double Up Food Bucks

I know groceries are expensive right now, especially for our neighbors struggling to put food on the table. Double Up Food Bucks is here to help. Those who shop for groceries with a SNAP/Michigan Bridge Card can double their benefits to purchase fresh, Michigan-grown fruits and veggies using Double Up Food Bucks. The program is available at 230+ participating farmers markets, farm stands, and grocery stores across Michigan. With farmers market season around the corner, it’s a great time to use the program! Learn how it works and find a participating location near you at