Crumbling road closed for repairs - WNEM TV 5

Crumbling road closed for repairs

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MIDLAND COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

There is a gaping hole under North Waldo Road which opened up in early March.

It’s so bad that the Midland County road had to be shut down to prevent a vehicle from caving into the weakened asphalt.

County road officials said there are other areas they’re worried about.

"We’re watching several other culverts too," said Terry Palmer, Midland County Road Department.

Crews are trying to shore up a section of West River Road at Black Creek near Sanford Lake.

The project will cost approximately $250,000 and take four weeks to complete this summer.

Nearly 3,000 vehicles a day use the bridge so it's going to be quite an inconvenience for those folks when it's out for about a month.

How bad is infrastructure in Midland County? Contractor Tom Sova said these types of situations crop up everywhere around Mid-Michigan this time of year.

"The ground is saturated from all the snow melt, rain of course, and it just saturates the ground, loosens it up and we get erosion," Sova said. "And it's always a tough battle this year at this time."

Crews will soon put in a culvert on Waldo Road to take care of the problem, costing about $15,000 in repairs.  

The county hopes it won't have many more road collapses like this in the near future.

"The budget is always tight, but it's something we have to do," Palmer said. "We're fortunate, we have millage funds here, very lucky so we'll be using a lot of millage funds for these emergency repairs."

Gerace Construction is working to build a geosynthetic reinforced soil-integrated bridge system. This bridge structure is the first of its kind to be built in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

The project is expected to take three weeks to complete and crews said they are right on schedule.

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