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 Tire tracks in fresh concrete show where a man disobeyed traffic barrels Jan. 30. Officials said the man got stuck and had to be towed.

Tire tracks in fresh concrete show where a man disobeyed traffic barrels Jan. 30. Officials said the man got stuck and had to be towed.

Photo provided by the Road Commission for Oakland County


Lahser Road reopening delayed after man drives through wet concrete

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published February 5, 2020

 Crews attempt to dig the vehicle out of the concrete.

Crews attempt to dig the vehicle out of the concrete.

Photo provided by the Road Commission for Oakland County

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SOUTHFIELD — A man had officials from the Road Commission for Oakland County “shaking their heads” after he disregarded construction barrels and drove through wet cement recently.

A northbound portion of Lahser Road, at Eight Mile Road, has been closed since mid-January following a water main break.

By the end of January, crews had repaired the watermain and poured concrete at the site.

Southfield Manager of Public Works Operations Larry Sirls said crews were waiting for the concrete to cure before reopening the road to traffic.

However, on Jan. 30, a man had other plans.

“The northbound Lahser pavement repair from the water main break north of Eight Mile was going well until a driver decided to go around barricades,” the Road Commission said on Twitter. “The concrete will be ripped out and poured again. Yes, the driver got several tickets, and his insurance will be billed to fix the artwork. SMH.”

The city of Southfield is performing the concrete work because it is the city’s water main, but Road Commission crews remain onsite because they have jurisdiction over Lahser Road.

Sirls said crews were actively working at the site when the incident occurred.

“It was scary. We had workers there. He came right through the barrels and ‘plop,’” Sirls said.

The man didn’t make it far before his wheels got stuck in the concrete, according to Sirls.

Police were called to the scene immediately, and the man was ticketed before his car was towed out of the concrete, Sirls said.

“The serious part of this is that we’re all very lucky that no construction workers were hurt as a result of this man driving into a construction zone,” said Craig Bryson, the public information officer for the Road Commission. “He’s going to have to deal with tickets, but thank God nobody was hurt.”

Sirls said crews cut out the affected portion of the concrete and re-poured it. As a result, the road won’t re-open until sometime in early February.

Both Sirls and Bryson offered the same advice: Obey construction barrels.

“Barricades are there for a reason. Don’t go around a barricade if it’s closed. We don’t take road construction lightly, and we wouldn’t close the road if not for public safety,” Bryson said.

Deputy Chief Nick Loussia did not return a request for comment on the fines associated with the incident by press time.

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