During the winter of 2020-2021, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will install a temporary bridge over Wixom Lake and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) will modify the Tobacco River side of the Edenville Dam to make it safer.
Both projects are expected to begin in December 2020 and be substantially complete in February 2021. These are both significant construction projects. The reason for the MDOT project is obvious. The reason for the EGLE project is agency concerns about public safety after damage to the Tobacco River Dam due to the May 19, 2020 flood. The greatest danger would be an uncontrolled release of water from the damaged dam, leading to more property damage and threats to human lives downstream of the dam.
These two construction projects make the Tobacco River arm of Wixom Lake unusually dangerous this winter. The public is advised to avoid the following areas:
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