Melting Snow and Rain Causing Issues on Gravel Roads, Caution Urged

Melting Snow and Rain Causing Issues on Gravel Roads, Caution Urged

(RCOC, Feb. 20, 2018)

Oakland County, MI – The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) advises drivers to use caution on gravel roads during the upcoming weeks.

Rain mixed with snowmelt on many of the nearly 760 miles of gravel roads in Oakland County is causing soft conditions in many areas. The rain has also contributed to washout-like conditions, especially in hilly areas.

“We are doing everything we can to maintain the gravel roads,” explained RCOC Managing Director Dennis Kolar. “However, despite our best efforts, heavy rains combined with already saturated conditions could lead to some unstable roads.”

In addition to possible washouts and soft areas, roads could be very bumpy as result of the weather.

Culverts under driveways to businesses and homes should also be cleared of leaves and debris to assure that storm water will properly flow through ditches and reduce potential for road flooding. “It’s important for motorists to be on the lookout for water over the road regardless of whether they are driving on a paved or gravel road,” Kolar added. RCOC crews continue to do everything possible with available resources, including 19 graders, to address the gravel roads throughout Oakland County. To report any gravel road issues, call 877-858-4804 or contact RCOC on-line at:  https://www.rcocweb.org/FormCenter/Contact-Us-4/Contact-Us-Form-43

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