MDOT on repairs to crumbling M-6: ‘It’s annoying, but safe’

Driver complaints pile up about stretch from Wilson Avenue to Jackson Street

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Michigan Department of Transportation crews working on a stretch of M-6 on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Millions of taxpayer dollars have been spent but problems with M-6 remain, 24 Hour News 8 has found.

The stretch of highway from Wilson Avenue to Jackson Street was repaired in April, but the complaints are still coming in.

Just like other drivers on M-6, 24 Hour News 8 encountered a bumpy ride similar to riding on rumble strips Tuesday.

“Those patches are a temporary fix until we can fully reconstruct in 2018,” explained John Richards with the Michigan Department of Transportation. “So it is safe to drive on. It’s annoying, but safe.”

M-6 first opened to drivers in 2004, costing taxpayers approximately $700 million. It started crumbling, years before it should because of issue with the concrete composition.

Since then, MDOT has been patching the highway. So far this year, it’s paid $380,000 to fix cracks and $100,000 for routine repairs.

Richards says there is no way to recoup what the state paid on the paving job because the company’s work is no longer under warranty. He said MDOT discovered “diamond cracking” during a final inspection before the warrant ran out in 2011, but that issue wasn’t covered by the warranty.

“These warranties are very, very specific and if it’s not covered in the warranty, then it’s not covered by the contractor,” explained Richards.

Tuesday, 24 Hour News 8 left messages with the paving company but has not yet received a response.

MDOT will hold a round table discussion on the M-6 issues Sept. 20 at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. Additional details about the event are still being worked out.

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