Potential For Hazardous Road Conditions This Weekend

Th Road Commission, is advising of potentially hazardous road conditions this weekend. The expected rain coming tonight through Saturday is going to turn gravel/back roads into sheets of ice.

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Here are the details:

  • In most places, the gravel roads ALREADY have 2” of ice on them (from the Christmas ice storm).
  • Plowing activities from the recent snowstorm, removed a lot of the snow on top of this ice.
  • It will not take much rain to wash away any remaining snow – turning them into ice skating rinks.
  • The rain is expected to start falling tonight around 9pm, increasing with intensity after midnight. It will continue throughout Saturday.
  • Our paved roads are still at freezing temperatures, therefore the rain falling on it, will not be melting – hence, they will be extremely icy as well.
  • We are hoping for a small amount of snow late Saturday into Sunday which should help with the icy conditions.
  • The Road Commission will have staff available for EMERGENCY SITUATIONS ONLY. Their trucks/equipment are JUST AS susceptible to icy roads as our personal vehicles.
  • They will only be assisting with LIFE SAFETY MEASURES (i.e. clearing/sanding roadways for an ambulance, police car or fire truck to get to a person’s home).

For your safety, if you don’t have to go out on Saturday, please don’t.

For questions, you can contact the Road Commission at 810-664-6272

Road Work Updates

9069965-largeA note from the Michigan Department of Transportation:

Last year we replaced the bridge over the abandon railroad north of town or just south of Davis Lake Road. The final work on the project will be to complete the final asphalt paving which will start next week 5/20, weather permitting.

To complete this work we will keep a lane open in each direction by shifting traffic onto the shoulder or into the left turn lane.

You may have a slight delay through the area but traffic should be able to move fairly well. The work will take between 3 and 4 days to complete if mother nature cooperates.

We also learned that the road work for M-24 from W Genesee St to I-69 has been pushed off until 2014.

A note from the Lapeer County Road Commission:

Millville at McKeen Road work will start on Monday. There will be a full detour set up (Bronson Lake to Klam to Marathon to Peters).
Buses will be able to get through on Monday and Tuesday, but probably not on Wednesday. We will try to keep them informed ahead of time when they will be able to get through. The project should hopefully be open to traffic again in about 3-4 weeks.

Clark at Turrill Road work will start on Monday. There will be a full detour set up (Turrill to M-24 to Newark). The road project will be completely north of Higley, but there may be guardrail or tree work happening to the south of Higley occasionally.
Buses will be able to get through on Monday and Tuesday, but probably not on Wednesday. We will try to keep them informed ahead of time when they will be able to get through. The project should hopefully be open to traffic again in about 3-4 weeks.