MDOT: Four rest stops vandalized

Photos from the Michigan State Police of damage at the rest area in Marshall. (May 5, 2014)
Photos from the Michigan State Police of damage at the rest area in Marshall. (May 5, 2014)

MARSHALL, Mich. (WOOD) – The Michigan State Police is trying to find out who caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage to the men’s restrooms at three rest areas and one welcome center across the state.

Someone damaged toilets, urinals and sinks with what appears to be hammer, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The damage, which is estimated at $33,000 for materials and labor, was discovered at rest stops on westbound I-94 in Galesburg, Marshall and Grass Lake, and a welcome center south of I-94 on US-23 in Dundee on the east side of the state, MDOT said.

Because three of the four facilities have two sets of men’s and women’s restrooms – with the exception of the Grass Lake rest area – one of the women’s restrooms will be temporarily converted at each location to a men’s restroom as repairs are made, MDOT said. The Grass Lake men’s restroom will remain closed for several days until it is repaired.

Funding to repair the damaged restrooms will come from MDOT’s maintenance budget, which took a hit over the winter from especially expensive pothole repairs and winter-related costs. MDOT said it spends $88 million on winter maintenance on average, but had to spend $127 million last winter.

Anyone with information should contact the MSP Coldwater Post at 517.278.2373.

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