Orange construction barrels are a sure sign of spring in the upper Midwest.
To find where the larger road construction projects will take place in Michigan, you can download this map from the Michigan Department of Transportation.
The map is updated each year to help motorists locate major MDOT road and bridge projects across the state. Printed versions are available at MDOT Transportation Service Centers and region offices, as well as at all Welcome Centers. Printed versions will be available in the UP sometime in April.
This map, of course, won't show what local road crews are up to. They'll have their hands full with all the potholes left behind by this brutal winter.
Some of those crews are more challenged than others:
— Thomas Sykes (@tosykes) March 26, 2014
WILX News 10 in Lansing posted that photo earlier this week on their Facebook page:
Viewer Robert Boomer sent in this photo of a road crew and East Lansing city maintenance truck that was on Harrison Road in front of the Kellogg Center to patch the road. While they were there, a sinkhole opened up beneath the truck, causing it to sink up to its axle.
Local road maintenance budgets were stretched to the limit with all the winter weather. Local governments will be getting help from the state. The Legislature approved some $200 million in emergency road funding earlier this month, and more could be on the way.