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WESTABY_ROBB

After two decades on the radio in West Michigan, Robb became a traffic reporter in early 2006 and has been FOX 17’s roads scholar since 2008.

Born and raised in Southern California, he’s a Dodger fan. But he doesn’t surf and has never been in the movies. He did meet a few stars out there.

His first car was a 1966 Barracuda, but it sounds cooler than it was, due to dents provided by the previous owner.

As a driver, he adheres strictly do his ‘five-over’ rule: never drive more than five miles per hour over the speed limit.


Recent Articles
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    More double lane closures today on U.S. 131

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Delays on northbound US-131 will return this weekend, plus a new lane closure is likely to cause backups for several weeks. US-131 at 28th Street Double lane closure northbound from 28th Street to Wealthy Street. Friday 10 p.m. to no later than Monday 5 a.m. US-131 at Leonard Street Left lane closed from Leonard Street to Ann Street. Continuous until September 9. US-131 ramp closures Exit ramp from northbound US-131 to Franklin Street. Exit ramp from southbound […]

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    Double lane closures scheduled for two sections of US-131 this weekend

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Months ago, the Michigan Department of Transportation said double lane closures would occasionally be required some weekends on US-131 in Grand Rapids. That time has come: US-131 from Ann Street to Pearl Street Double lane closures southbound. Friday 9 p.m. to no later than Monday 5 a.m. Detour: There’s no graceful way to get around this one. Expect backups to begin at West River Drive or farther north. US-131 from 28th Street to Wealthy Street Double […]

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    August is deadliest month on Kent County roads

    LANSING, Mich. — August is the month with the most fatal crashes and the highest number of fatalities in Kent County. In 2015, there were 14 fatal crashes and 14 people died. In 2014, the deadliest month was July. The statistics come from Michigan Traffic Crash Facts, posted online by the Michigan State Police. By comparison, Ottawa County’s top months for road deaths were May and June with just 4 each month in 2015. August didn’t have the most crashes […]

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    Construction on Patterson Avenue could affect your trip to the airport

    CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — With lane closures in effect until October, construction work on Patterson Avenue could mean longer travel times to get to Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Patterson Avenue is the main artery, along with 44th Street, for access to the airport’s passenger terminal. Construction is planned on Patterson Avenue until October 28 from Burton Street to the north to M-37 Broadmoor Avenue to the south. The Kent County Road Commission plans to keep at least one lane […]

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    Playing Pokémon Go in road construction

    What else would a traffic reporter do with Pokémon Go ? (Note that I refer repeatedly to the plural of Pokémon as “Pokémons.” I have since picked up the subtlety that the plural of Pokémon is … Pokémon.

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    Road work this week: Introduction of new construction slows a little

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — It was a challenging weekend, with double lane closures on US-131 north and south of downtown Grand Rapids, ramp closures, and such. We start the new week with less radical jobs on the docket but plenty for road crews to do: US-131 in northern Kent County Lane closures on northbound and southbound US-131 between 17 Mile and the Montcalm County line. Repaving. Now through August 22. US-131 north of Plainwell Ramp closed to northbound US-131 from […]

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    Double lane closure on US-131 highlights busy weekend of road work

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — There will be a double lane closure on US-131 between 28th Street and Wealthy Street over the weekend, just one of several traffic disruptions caused by road work that has been scheduled outside of peak weekday traffic periods. Expect slow traffic caused by these projects during peak weekend hours. US-131 Double lane closure Northbound US-131 from 28th Street into the S-Curve. Only one lane open. Friday 10 p.m. to no later than 5 a.m. Monday, July […]

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    Photo Gallery: FOX 17 viewers post pics of fun in the snow

    Let’s show our Pure Michigan attitude about winter and show us your pictures of fun in the snow!

  • Both drivers were injured in this crash on 18 Mile early July 5.

    Traffic deaths down on Michigan roads over July 4th weekend

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police say traffic deaths were down this year around the Fourth of July holiday from last year. The agency says preliminary reports indicate that seven people died in seven separate traffic crashes during the holiday weekend. Last year during the Fourth of July holiday period, officials reported there were 11 traffic crashes that resulted in 12 deaths. Kevin Rod, acting commander of the state police’s training division, noted that four crashes involved pedestrians. In […]