Truck spill causes backups on Telegraph

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published August 7, 2019

 A roadway spill caused traffic backups well into the afternoon on northbound Telegraph Road, at 14 Mile Road, according to police.

A roadway spill caused traffic backups well into the afternoon on northbound Telegraph Road, at 14 Mile Road, according to police.

Photo provided by Franklin-Bingham Farms Police Chief Dan Roberts

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Was it concrete or something else that was spilled all over Telegraph Road Aug. 5?

No matter what it was, it sure caused a lot of headaches and traffic delays while authorities cleaned up the mess.

According to Chief Dan Roberts of the Franklin-Bingham Farm Police Department, a commercial vehicle spilled its load onto the Telegraph, south of 14 Mile,  just before 11 a.m. that day. No one was hurt, but the northbound lanes needed to be closed down for hours.

“The investigation isn’t complete, but our preliminary opinion is the driver of the cement mixer had to stop quickly for some unknown reason, and the load shifted forward and spilled out the front,” Roberts said. “We were able to get one northbound lane back open pretty quickly, but we were still out there at 2 p.m.” 

Roberts said the mess left wet concrete around the area, but Michigan Department of Transportation spokesperson Diane Cross said the material was actually lime byproduct. The Michigan State University Extension website explains that lime byproduct can be used to balance acid in agricultural soil or to soften hard water.

“The road was cleaned up by scooping up the material and then power washing the road,” she explained Aug. 6. “There is still material being cleaned up this morning from the catch basins, the grass and sidewalks, and that’ll be finished today.”

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