After Watchdog investigation, MDOT moves up repair project on M-6

M6 repavement project moved up a year

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The Michigan Department of Transportation will move-up its repair on a controversial piece of highway in Kent County.

The WZZM Watchdog team first told you about the badly damaged stretch of M-6 back in May of 2016.

According to MDOT, the unseasonably warm weather has taken a toll on roads; especially on the already distressed 3-mile section of M-6 near the Kent/Ottawa County line.

"The crazy winter we are having, the up and down temperatures are literally making the ground pulsate. Of course since M6 is already weak-- its really caused a lot of issues. It cant go through another winter," said John Richard of MDOT. "So, this is a good thing. We moved the project up, which is unusual, but its unusual for a road to behave this way."

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Because of the accelerated deterioration of the concrete joints, MDOT has decided to move up the project from 2018 to this year's construction season.

The pavement will be replaced between Jackson Street near I-196 in Ottawa County and Wilson Avenue in Kent County. MDOT said they are not planning to change anything in particular about the paving process, and the job will go to the lowest bidder, as usual. 

Back in October, the watchdog team uncovered some of the reasons why the road is crumbling. The contractor blamed drainage problems, deicers being uses and a synthetic concrete mix that didn't work as well as planned.

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The repair project will cost approximately 9.5 million dollars. MDOT says the specific details on the schedule and maintenance of traffic during that time are not yet available. But it will create a full detour beginning in July, and projected to be completed in November. 

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