Resident complains of dangerous detour during construction - WNEM TV 5

Resident complains of dangerous detour during construction

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A local community is worried a state established detour is too dangerous for drivers.

A stretch of M-81 has been shut down, sending drivers through back roads that are in bad shape and not intended for the increased traffic.

"We are probably getting more cars in an hour than we used to all day," said Wayne Squanda, resident.

He said he's never seen so many cars speeding past his house.

Squanda lives on Indiantown Road in Saginaw County. The road is now a detour for traffic coming from the heavily trafficked M-81. Squanda said the road is simply not made to withhold that many cars.

"Not for large trucks, not for this much traffic," he said.

Squanda said the road is narrow with no shoulders and plenty of potholes.

"It's not very wide and the edges is real rough. If you can run the center, the roads not that bad. But when you meet a car coming the other way, it's pretty treacherous. I'm surprised there's no accidents," he said.

The Michigan Department of Transportation said the detour is not meant to divert traffic off M-81, but it's for a small local road during the construction.

The official detour during the M-81 construction is on M-46. However, drivers heading north take the local road detour on Indiantown Road as a shortcut.

Theresea Dirker said taking Indiantown Road is faster, but it takes a toll.

"It's pretty bumpy, especially if you're hauling a trailer of campers," she said.

Whether it's a shortcut during construction or an official detour, Squanda said he wishes drivers would find another route.

"I'm hoping they don't keep using it," he said.

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