Longtime OMP and Bluff Road resident Bud Stych weighs in on the road closure and shoreline erosion issues…
Part of Bluff Road in Peninsula Township was closed in January due to shoreline erosion, and the Grand Traverse County Road Commission announced on Jan. 7 that it will be closed for an indeterminate amount of time.
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The Road Commission says they will have to wait until spring, likely April or later because of the weather, to get someone down to the water to assess the situation. They would then file for the appropriate permits to begin repairs, which could take several months.
Carl Brown, chairman of the Road Commission Board, says the problem was not caused by their tree cutting project which took place in 2017. However, the Road Commission was certainly negligent for not recognizing the problem sooner.
Peninsula Township Supervisor Rob Manigold has offered to launch one of the Peninsula Township Fire Department’s boats immediately to transport a qualified Road Commission person to assess the situation, but the Road Commission has not responded to this offer.
Apparently, the Road Commission is not interested in a more timely solution. But the longer they wait, the worse it will get. More damage will be done to the shoreline and the road. More air pollution will be created by delivery and other vehicles having to backtrack to and from the closure. And houses could slide down the banks, as we’ve seen in other areas around Michigan with shoreline erosion.
It is obvious that the Road Commission does not care about Peninsula Township residents except when it comes to the taxes they collect and distribute to other townships.
Peninsula Township Supervisor Manigold has said this is unacceptable, and that immediate action is required. The Township is considering taking independent action.