(03/13/14) - Roads conditions are much better than they were 24 hours ago, but
there was still a lot of slipping and sliding around Mid-Michigan on Thursday.
Once again, we had to deal with icy roads that made traveling a little tense. Expressway ramps and side roads were a mess Thursday morning.
Atherton Road remains closed near Irish Road in Genesee County's Davison Township because of flooding. A crew from the Drain Commission tested the water for chlorine to see if it was coming from a water main, but there was none.
The water may be coming from a spring and it's flowing onto the road because a driveway culvert is blocked.
Until that culvert is cleared, it would appear the water will flow onto Atherton Road.
Other scenes, like one on Hill Road at Center Road in Grand Blanc Township, were all too common. A car there slid off the road and the driver needed a police officer to control traffic while the car was pushed back on to the road. A Genesee County snow plow came through to improve conditions.
Some salt trucks worked throughout the night and a second shift hit the road at 10 a.m. Thursday.
"We worked the shift that was out until 6:30 this morning. And then the other shift came on at 10 because we needed to give the crew some time to rest," said John Daly, of the Genesee County Road Commission.
As the sun climbed higher in the sky, temperatures rose into the 20s, and some roads began to clear.
Wednesday, the Shiawassee County Road Commission told us there would be no more overtime for the foreseeable future because the budget was so out of balance.
While Genesee County is watching every penny, the policy is not as strict.
"What we have is a policy that's been in place for three years. And what it says is we don't do subdivisions work on overtime and holidays, simply because of the expense of that. At this point, we will continue to do what's necessary to keep the county road system in Genesee County up and functioning during snow situations," Daly said.
It would appear supplemental funding from Lansing is heading to Mid-Michigan road commissions to compensate them for the extra expenses this harsh winter has brought.
Shiawassee County is expected to get about $300,000 and Genesee County could be in for about $1.4 million.
"That money is already spent. What this will do is it will make us whole, so summer operations will be of a more normal tempo," Daly said.
There's a big concern throughout Mid-Michigan that pothole repair and summer maintenance programs would be severely reduced because of the harsh winter weather.
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