MADISON HEIGHTS (WWJ) - A power outage reported by DTE is causing a headache for drivers and residents in Madison Heights Friday evening.
Police on are scene directing traffic at a number of intersections in a grid north of 12 Mile Road and south of 13 Mile, between Campbell Road and John R Road -- tipsters calling into the WWJ newsroom state traffic signals have gone dark.
According to the DTE Outage Map, the power has been out in the area since 9:10 p.m. Friday. Crews are working their way to the scene to determine the cause of the outage.
It is estimated somewhere between 500 and 1,500 residents are currently without power; DTE estimates restoration to occur around 12:45 a.m. Saturday.
In the meantime, drivers should proceed with caution and pay attention to officers directing traffic.
If drivers come across an intersection without working traffic lights and no officers present, the Michigan State Police says these intersections should be treated as a four way stop and offered these tips:
• Stop at a clearly marked stop line, or, if there is no clearly marked stop line, stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or, if there is no crosswalk, stop before entering the intersection.
• Yield the right of way to all vehicles in the intersection or approaching on an intersecting road, if those vehicles create an immediate hazard when the driver is moving across or within the intersection.
• Exercise ordinary care while proceeding through the intersection.
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