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February 15, 2014

Heaving prompts traffic restrictions

TRAVERSE CITY — Drivers on Hammond Road need to take it slow and watch for lane shifts, at least until the spring thaw arrives.

Frost heaving — or the formation of ice and frost beneath a road’s surface — prompted Grand Traverse County Road Commission officials on Friday to install lane shifts and reduced the speed limit to 35 mph on Hammond between Keystone and LaFranier roads.

“We’ve got some pretty big bumps in the road that go perpendicular to the road, and some that actually go parallel,” road commission Manager Jim Cook said.

Cook said road officials decided this week the heaving created unsafe driving conditions on Hammond. He also said things likely will get worse before they get better.

“We’re afraid we’re not going to just see potholes, but maybe some real damage to the roads,” he said.

The restrictions on Hammond Road likely will remain in place until March or April.



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