GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) (9/23/2019) - After six months of questions, Ray Road residents are finally getting some answers on why repairs to a collapsed culvert have been delayed.
Genesee County Road Commission Engineer Eric Johnston said with the culvert failure of Ray Road along the border of Mundy and Fenton townships, there was a process they had to go through before any repairs could be made.
"It's a county drain and its water to the state," said Johnston. "So the Drain Commission had to approve the flows that were designed for the culvert and then we had to get a permit from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality."
Before that 60 to 90-day process could even begin, Johnston said the road commission had to secure funding from both involved townships.
"Since it's a local road the townships had to participate 25 percent in the cost of the project," said Johnston.
Seventy-five percent of the $150,000 project will be paid by the county. While Johnston said they're doing all they can, he still understands the frustration from residents.
"We do what we can to help speed up the process, but there's really not much we can do other than that," he said. "We're working diligently to get to it done -- to get everything in place so we can replace it, and the end is near."
The work is set to begin at the start of October and last about a week.