MDOT Requests Emergency Relief Funds for Damaged U.P. Roads

The Michigan Department of Transportation has requested emergency relief funds to help repair the roads in the Upper Peninsula.

The request was sent to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Houghton, Menominee and Gogebic Counties were hit hard with rain last week, and it damaged hundreds of roads and homes due to runoff and extreme flooding.

The funds would be used to repair the federally funded state and local roads in these Western U.P counties.

Governor Rick Snyder declared a state of disaster last week.

That allows the State of Michigan to make available all state resources and helps with recovery efforts for the area.

Damage estimates around $28.7 million to repair the roads.

Currently, MDOT is monitoring roadways in the area and crews are working to repair the roads.

MDOT warns motorists to be extra cautious of the road conditions even if they are open to traffic.