Storms affected 80% of county roads

September 6, 2018

By John Raffel
Correspondent

It’s been a hectic time of year for Deepak Gupta and the Clare County Road Commission.

“Summer has been a busy season, as we continue to work on road construction and maintenance into the fall months,” Gupta said, adding that on Aug. 28, “a

Trees and branches fell onto not only homes but power lines causing temporary road closures through the county.

Trees and branches fell onto not only homes but power lines causing temporary road closures through the county.

severe storm hit Clare County around 8 p.m. By 10 p.m, over 75 reports of fallen trees in roadways were received by Central Dispatch, with countless more coming in throughout the week.”

Gupta noted county road commission crews were called in to remove trees from roads and continued to work through the night and into the next day, “many for 24 hours straight.

“The storm affected every township, with the most severe damage in the north half of the county. Nearly 80 percent of all roads of our 1,096 mile system were affected. It is estimated that our crew removed approximately 800 trees from the roadway.”

“I’m very proud of our crews that worked long hours through the night to clean the roadways for the safety of the public,” Road Commission Chair Mike Duggan said.

Gupta said CCRC foremen Aric McNeilly and Dave Bondie, worked with Emergency Services Management of Clare County, as well as the Sheriff’s Department and Central Dispatch.

“McNeilly and Bondie strategized the prioritization of clearing state highways first, followed by county primary and local roads,” Gupta said. “While all roads were affected, no state highway closures were needed.

Downed trees and limbs were the primary cause of road closures during last weeks storms.

Downed trees and limbs were the primary cause of road closures during last weeks storms.

“Once power was restored to most of the county on Friday, CCRC crews were able to go back in and clean up locations where power lines had been down.”

Bondie said “local residents were lending a hand” during this emergency cleanup. “In times like these, any help is appreciated.”

The commission lost approximately three weeks from their construction and maintenance work due to this storm, Gupta indicated.

“Combined with a late spring thaw and spring washouts, about seven weeks of road work has been lost,” Gupta said. “Crews continue to repair washouts and complete tree removal from this latest storm.”

Gupta provided the following construction and maintenance report:

Paving Work: 8.43 miles of the 13.81 miles have been completed.

Federally Funded Project: “We have completed the urban federally funded partnership project with the Village of Farwell,” Gupta said. “This work includes both the Old State Road asphalt overlay for 4.1 miles and Surrey Road chip seal work.”

MDOT Work: The M-61 MDOT milling and asphalt paving project west of the City of Harrison, for 14.34 miles, is 50 percent complete. The project is located

Power was nearly fully restored late Friday to the county.

Power was nearly fully restored late Friday to the county.

between Osceola County Line to the City of Harrison at a cost of $1.88 million.

Chip & Seal: 35.3 miles of chip seal work was completed as of June.

Crack Sealing: 25.35 miles of crack sealing in Winterfield Township and one mile in Grant Township have been completed.

Gravel Projects: 60 percent of the 10.25 miles of gravel projects have been completed.

Tree Cutting: 18.25 miles of tree cutting and right of way clearing in Arthur and other townships is in progress.

Roadside Mowing & Brush Cutting: “Our roadside grass mowing program, as well as our brush cutting operation, is in progress,” Gupta said.

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