Messy Gravel Road Season, Driver Caution Says RCOC

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) advises drivers to use caution on gravel roads during the upcoming weeks.

Rain mixed with snowmelt on many of the over 760 mile of gravel roads in Oakland County will likely cause soft conditions on some unpaved road surfaces. The anticipated rain could also contribute to washout-like conditions, especially in hilly areas.

Drivers Beware of Gravel Roads

Drivers Beware of Gravel Roads

“We are doing everything we can to maintain the gravel roads,” explained RCOC Managing Director Dennis Kolar. “However, despite our best efforts, heavy rains combined with already saturated conditions could lead to some unstable roads.”

In addition to possible washouts and soft areas, roads could be very bumpy as result of the weather.

Culverts under driveways to businesses and homes should also be cleared of leaves and debris to assure that storm water will properly flow through ditches and reduce potential for road flooding.  “It’s important for motorists to be on the lookout for water over the road regardless of whether they are driving on a paved or gravel road,” Kolar added.

RCOC crews continue to do everything possible with available resources, including 19 graders, to address the gravel roads throughout Oakland County. To report any gravel road issues, call 877-858-4804 or contact RCOC Online.


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