MDOT Seeking Federal Funding for Flood Damage
The Michigan DOT is seeking federal funding to repair flood-damaged roads in Menominee, Houghton, and Gogebic Counties. Governor Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency for the counties last week following the heavy rains and widespread flooding that washed out roads and opened up numerous sinkholes. Damage estimates for the impacted roadways across the three counties are expected to be close to $29-million. MDOT submitted their notice of intent to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration requesting emergency relief funds for federally funded state and local roads. FHWA will review cost estimates and then determine eligibility. Crews are working to repair damaged roads in Menominee, Houghton, and Gogebic Counties, but MDOT says even if roads are open to traffic, they may still be in poor condition. Drivers are reminded to use extra caution and be alert for changing conditions, road workers, and other potential hazards.