In The News
May 27, 2018 - Michigan to improve method for property tax assessment, collection
May 26, 2018 - U.P. photographer Greg Kretovic publishes guide to Michigan waterfalls
May 26, 2018 - Kath Usitalo, author of travel books on Michigan’s U.P., Mackinac Island book signing
May 26, 2018 - Michigan Strategic Fund projects expected to create investment of near $2.7B
May 25, 2018 - NCMC hires David Roland Finley to head college
May 25, 2018 - Michigan Sen. Wayne Schmidt lauds DNR emergency rule on anchoring in Mackinac Straits
May 25, 2018 - Michigan Gov. Snyder signs law requiring defendants be present when victim impact statement is read
May 25, 2018 - 2018 Memorial Day observances around Charlevoix County
May 25, 2018 - Defense bill provisions support Michigan military, industry, veterans
May 24, 2018 - Boyne City manufacturer job fair and open house coming
May 24, 2018 - Petoskey doc works with East Jordan farm to provide organic veggies
May 24, 2018 - Senate passes Stabenow legislation to improve Veterans Choice Program
May 23, 2018 - Michigan lifts traffic restrictions to ease Memorial Day travel
May 23, 2018 - Votes of Charlevoix County’s state legislators Schmidt, Cole
May 23, 2018 - Boyne City Police incident reports May 7-13
May 23, 2018 - Municipalities in Charlevoix County, around Michigan, ordered to make plans to fund retirement benefits
May 22, 2018 - #456 Boyne City Gazette May 23
May 21, 2018 - Sens Peters, Gardner Introduce Bill to Strengthen Airport Security
May 20, 2018 - Michigan Gov. Snyder signs laws on license plate obstruction, more
May 20, 2018 - Michigan Tech students design tunnel between Lower Peninsula and U.P.

Washed out roads in Charlevoix County will cost thousands, take weeks to repair


Portions of three roads across Charlevoix County were shut down late last week due to flooding.

Repairs to damages on just one of the roads could run into the tens of thousands of dollars and take weeks to fix.


“It’s a combination of all the snow we had a few weeks ago and the ground’s saturated and the rain we had last night and this morning—the ground can’t take any more,” said Charlevoix County Road Commission Staff Engineer James Vanek. “So, anything more that falls just accumulates.”
The three roads closed included a portion of Ferry Road near Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf, where a large section of the road was washed out down to the culvert.

“There’s no timeframe on when that will be opened,” Vanek said. “It could be quite a few weeks. We’ve got to get a new culvert and quite a bit of prep work done before we can open her up. But, we’re working hard to get it done.”

Peninsula Road near Dutchman’s Bay was closed because the southbound lane was compromised.

And, Dixie Highway south of Charlevoix near the county line was closed because one of the lanes collapsed due to water going over it.
Vanek said he hasn’t seen spring road conditions this bad before in the county.

“Our crews here in Boyne City are working here on Saturday to get some of our gravel roads that are washed out fixed up,” Vanek said on Friday May 4. “If Peninsula Road goes down enough, maybe Saturday it will be opened but more likely Monday it might open back up.”

As far as Dixie Highway, Vanek said it might be closed “for a while.”

“Thank goodness all three roads have good detour routes,” Vanek said. “Ferry Road, they can use Ridge Road, that’s preferred because it’s paved. Peninsula, they can go up Dutchman’s Bay to Advance to go around. Dixie, they can stay on US-31 or use Norwood Road to go around.”

Vanek said the detours are all relatively short.

Though he said he hated to even estimate the cost to fix the roads at this early time, Vanek said road repairs could easily be in the $50,000 to $75,000 range.

“It’s not going to be cheap,” Vanek said. “But, we have our reserves here in different funds like construction and maintenance. Thank goodness we do have some financial means here to make these repairs.”

Ferry Road was shut down between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. last Friday. Peninsula was closed soon after. Dixie Highway wasn’t closed until around 2 p.m.

Drivers can find updates on the roads at the road commission’s Facebook page.

Vanek urged anyone who finds roads in dangerous condition to call 9-1-1, and they will notify the road commission.

“I’d like to stress: do not drive through water over the road,” Vanek said. “It may look shallow, but you don’t know what condition the road is in. Turn around and call 9-1-1.”


Related Articles