Michigan sixth district U.S. Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) spoke on The Richard Piet Show Tuesday about the big I-94 crash in January to elaborate on why he feels the stretch should be widened. Upton suggested it's possible a widening might help with the conditions along the stretch, which is perceived to be accident prone. In an earlier appearance on the program by Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller, the sheriff told listeners the statistics don't support the notion there are more accidents on the I-94 stretch in eastern Kalamazoo County.

Upton also tells WBCK a widened I-94 between US-131 and I-69 has been a goal, but takes a number of years to accomplish. As well, he said the Fort Custer competition for a missile defense system is particularly attractive because of easy access to I-94, and a widening would only make it more attractive to that end.

Upton, chair of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, also discussed an ongoing effort to accelerate cures for various diseases.

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