Traveling across Michigan you're bound to encounter some rough roads. After all the freeze/thaw cycle takes its toll on all roads in the northern tier of the nation and they need continual maintenance.

A 'Deteriorating Road' sign caught the eye of a driver recently and it was shared online. The there is NO way that is MUTCD-compliant Facebook group had fun with the state of Michigan roads. MUTCD, by the way, is the Federal Highway Administration's Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices - or the national standard for our roadways. This is the rulebook that says, for example, stop signs are red octagons and traffic lights go red-yellow-green.

Commenters noted that of course the government could fix the road rather than put up a sign - easier said than done, of course, as the cost between those two options are drastically different.

The sign in question happens to be in Saginaw County on a county-maintained road near Birch Run. The Saginaw County Road Commission would have jurisdiction over that road.

Deteriorating Road
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Deteriorating roads are not just an issue on the east side of the state. Another commenter on the thread raised a recent issue in Muskegon County where Blackmer Road becomes a potholed mess when it crosses the county line from Ottawa.

In November 2023 voters were asked to approve a bond issue to fix the road, but that failed meaning the roadway will likely be turned to gravel.

So should you encounter a similar sign on your travels around Michigan know that at least you're getting a heads-up that there's a bumpy ride in front of you.

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