OLD MISSION — Peninsula Township residents and landowners need to move hidden belongings from the road right of way along 15 roads throughout Old Mission Peninsula, according to the Grand Traverse County Road Commission.
Road Commission crews will remove ridges that have built up just off the roads' edges from winter plowing and spreading sand, county Road Commission Manager Brad Kluczynski said. Removing the ridges will let water drain off the roads so the roadbeds don't get saturated. Trucks driving on roads atop waterlogged ground can cause the roads to shift.
People will have until Monday to move sprinkler heads, underground wires for dog radio-collar systems and other hard-to-spot items from the road right of way, Kluczynski said. The right of way extends 33 feet from the road's centerline in either direction, but this work will focus on earth between pavement and ditches.
"You're not supposed to have anything out in the right of way, especially with watering and sprinkling systems," he said. "We understand that people are going to put it out there, but if we hit it, it's not really our responsibility because it shouldn't have really been there to begin with."
Crews will avoid mailboxes and other above-ground items, Kluczynski said, adding buried utilities aren't in danger either.
Crews will work alongside Blue Water, Center, Devils Dive, Gray, Island View, Kroupa, Ladd, McKinley, Mission, Montague, Nelson, Old Mission, Seven Hills, Smokey Hollow and Wilson roads, according to a release. The Road Commission will progress through the peninsula from south to north.
Crews will direct drivers by flag as they rototill the earth within the right of way and dig up the excess, according to the release.
They'll do some restoration but it'll be up to adjacent property owners to reseed the disturbed ground, Kluczynski said.