In brief

Work starts back up on I-475 northbound

FLINT — The Michigan Department of Transport (MDOT) has resumed construction on northbound I-475 in Genesee County. This work is part of a $44 million investment in substantial repairs to nearly 18 miles of I-475 in Genesee County, including rebuilding 3 miles of roadway and interchange improvements. Work began March 30; lane shifts will be in place on Saginaw Road to accommodate work on I-475. In accordance with MDOT and hotmix asphalt industry requirements, remaining paving of northbound I-475 from Carpenter Road to Clio Road is expected to resume after May 5.

This work will improve the road surface and drainage, while also improving safety with new signs and freeway lighting. — G.G.

Krystal Jo’s Bike Drive Benefit rescheduled

FLINT — The Krystal Jo’s Bike Drive Benefit concert at the Machine Shop, 3539 S. Dort Hwy., scheduled for April 3, has been rescheduled for June 20, from 7-11 p.m. Cost is a minimum donation of $5 for ages 18 and over, with an ID.

The bands performing will be Plethora, Stifling Edith, the Dead Serious and Adaboy. — G.G.

Waste collection notice

SWARTZ CREEK and CLAYTON TWP. — Republic Waste Services will not collect yard waste, bulk items or anything not contained within the waste bins provided until further notice. — L.R.

Food pantry closed

SWARTZ CREEK — The Swartz Creek Community Food Basket, which provides meals for about 600 local residents each month, will be closed from through April 13 due to the coronavirus. The pantry will re-open, if possible, at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, for clients to receive their April food. Pantry Chairman Lynn Boyd said clients have picked up their March distributions.

The pantry is a cooperative effort of the United Methodist Church of Swartz Creek, St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church, and Messiah Lutheran Church. It is operated out of the Methodist Church. — L.R.

Whitmer signs executive order expanding absentee voting in May 5 elections

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an order encouraging Michiganders to vote absentee by allowing the Department of State to assist local jurisdictions in mailing absentee ballot applications to every registered voter, and to provide absentee ballots directly to new registrants. Local jurisdictions will still need to keep at least one polling place open for those who wish to vote in-person or are unable to vote by mail. Michiganders who want to register to vote in the May 5 election are strongly encouraged to do so by April 20. They can register online at mvic. or by mail using the form available at MIVoterRegistration_ 97046_ 7.pdf.

Those who miss the deadline are still able to register to vote and can do so at their township or city clerk’s office but should call ahead first. Clerks will also accept applications and proof of residency by mail, email or fax.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Coronavirus and ­— G.G.