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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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    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!

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    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 […]

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    Second phase of road work season begins with ramp and bridge closures

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Several new construction zones became active Tuesday, the first day of what can be considered the second phase of the road construction season, which commonly sees three periods of activity: Before July 4th, after July 4th, and after Labor Day. US-131 southbound ramp to Market Avenue Closed until September 1. Rebuilding, adding a turn lane. Detour: Exit at Wealthy Street, west to Market Avenue. Franklin Street bridge over US-131 Bridge closed until September 1. Repairing deck. […]

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    Leonard Street and Franklin Street bridges to close

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — One of the busiest bridges that doesn’t carry freeway traffic will be closing soon for repairs that will take until September. The Leonard Street bridge in Grand Rapids sees an average of 20,000 vehicles a day. Beginning July 6 at 9 a.m., the Michigan Department of Transportation will close the bridge, which will send 20,000 drivers in search of a detour. While drivers will likely find alternatives on their own, the Michigan Department of Transportion has […]

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    I-94 eastbound closed for hours after semi crash

    GALESBURG, Mich. — A crash involving a semi around 7:30 a.m. Thursday on eastbound I-94 kept that side of the expressway closed hours later. There was no word on the condition of the driver. Crews at the scene after 11 a.m. told FOX 17 there was contamination, which explained the presence of hazmat crews. Crews were also transferring the load from the wrecked semi’s trailer to other trucks. At first, only the right lane was blocked, but around 8 a.m. […]

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    Drunk driving enforcement to be stepped up again this year

    LANSING, Mich. — The statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign” will ramp up again this summer with Michigan State Police leading the way in stepping up enforcement of drunk driving laws. County sheriff’s offices and local police departments will also take part in the program, which last year resulted in 292 driver arrests over the July 4th weekend alone. The legal blood alcohol limit in the state is .08, which added penalties if a first-time arrest is for […]