Rising water levels are affecting residents, businesses and more in innumerable ways across the state of Michigan. This week, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is shedding light on the impact increased water levels are having on roadways. MDOT is working to provide slope stabilization along M-25 in Sanilac County. The work is meant to prevent further erosion of the shoreline ahead of a permanent fix planned for this fall for nearly 700 feet of state-owned shoreline between Applegate Road and French Line Road. This immediate fix is also part of the planned permanent fix, with the materials being used in the current project, also being incorporated into the permanent fix.
According to MDOT, the Sanilac County Project is just one example of the new challenges road agencies are facing with high water levels across the state, which is putting further strain on limited resources. Not only does the high water contribute to flooding and erosion, but will also contribute to a severe freeze-thaw and pothole season.
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley