While "winter is coming" (like 'Game of Thrones') for Michigan, it means we'll get a short reprieve from road construction projects... so, we can deal with snow, of course. It's going to be a very busy construction season for 2023... and a couple of towns get those dreaded roundabouts, too.

Genesee County Road Commission has a busy schedule for 2023. These projects include funds from federal and state aid. Some of our roads are shrinking in the next year, too. GCRC refers to this as "diet" to however many lanes.  Not sure why I find that amusing, but I do.

  • Resurfacing projects include Mt. Morris Road in Flushing Township toward New Lothrop. Expect delays between Gillette Road to Sheridan. Toward the Fenton area, Thompson Road from Torrey to Fenton Roads will be included in the resurfacing project in 2023. Beecher Road is the first of the "diet" projects. That will be resurfaced and shrink to three lanes from Graham Road to the Flint City line.
  • The next road to go on a "diet" is Linden Road. This project is fairly large considering it's shrinking the road to 3 lanes. Just south of I-69 in Flint Township, Linden Road will become three lanes all the way down to Hill Road. While this is a micro-surfacing & "diet" project it will properly accommodate reduced traffic flow from yester-year in that area.
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  • A couple of weeks ago we reported that more roundabouts were inevitable. Lots of people around Flint & Genesee County LOVE to hate on them, but they have been proven safer than a standard intersection. Two new roundabouts will be constructed. The first on Morrish Road between Bristol & Corunna Roads. So, lucky Swartz Creek & Clayton Township residents will have a shiny new roundabout by the end of 2023 at the Morrish & Lennon Roads intersection.
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  • Next up for a roundabout is Davison. The Lapeer and Oak Road intersection will have a round-about by the end of next year, too. That should snarl traffic while everyone learns how to navigate on the way to school or the senior mobile home park just south of there.

More roundabouts are likely in the future. A study has already been completed. Review that info, here, to see if your community could get one.

  • Lastly, if you've driven Hill Road from Fenton Road to Saginaw Street you know the traffic lights need to be synced to improve traffic flow, in general.  GCRC has just over $1 million earmarked for that.  (Sidebar, I had no idea traffic signal work was so expensive?!)

GCRC has an aggressive list of other roadwork and bridge replacements, too.  See that information, here.

If you wonder why certain roads aren't being done in your community, start by talking to your township leaders. Ask neighbors & other residents to express their interest, too...and they'll run it up to the county. There, costs can be split 50/50 according to GCRC.

$18M Historic Randall's Point Walloon Lake Homestead

Currently offered for $18 million, making it one of the most expensive properties in the state, the compound comes with four cabins. Three of the cabins were built in the 1920s and the main log home was built in the 1970s. The original boathouse and barn remain. The homestead was founded by Bo Randall who was the founder of Randall Made Knives and a good friend of Ernest Hemingway who frequented the property for hunting. With over 5700 square feet of living space amongst the cabins, the compound is perfect for large families. A mix of modern and timeless history, this is truly a slice of Michigan history.

These Weather Memes Are Pure Michigan

These Michigan weather memes are the best of the best.

This House Has a Pool That Looks Like a Human Organ (And We're Not Talking About Kidneys )

Because I have the maturity of a 15-year-old boy, I have to share these pictures of a house in Missouri that has a pool that's shaped like ... a male organ.

And before you ask, there's no way in hell that the phallic design was a happy accident. You'll know exactly what I mean once you see the pictures.