By Mary Drier
AKRON — Between overuse and the weather, Old State Road has become dangerous to drive on.
While the Michigan Department of Transportation replaces the M-25 bridge over the Quanicassee River, a detour was developed and extensively advertised.
Old State Road is to be used by local traffic only and by emergency vehicles. However, that hasn’t been the case. Because motorist are continuing to use Old State Road as the primary detour, the road has become dangerous to travel, resulting in further limitations on use.
“Old State Road is being closed by the road commission because of the condition of the road,” announced Tuscola County Sheriff Lee Teschendorf early Wednesday morning.
“It can’t be accessed except by local traffic.. and local traffic means people who live on that road.”
County officials are reacting strongly to the misuse of Old State Road as a detour.
“Old State Road is ‘not’ part of the official detour. Others who try to go around barricades (for road closed) will be cited,” said Teschendorf.
The detour motorists are asked to take starts in Unionville. M-25 is detoured south on M-24 turning. West onto M-138 through Akron following M-138 to M-15, turn north back to M-25/Center Street in Bay City.