The Michigan Department of Transportation says high water levels caused a culvert to collapse and erode the shoulder.
“Its gone. Unfortunately it appears that the high pressure water completely washed the pipe away,” said MDOT spokeswoman Jocelyn Hall.
The road surface is bridging the 5-foot gap where the culvert was located, but there is no soil underneath to support it.
“Unfortunately, water levels were just too high and strong in this retaining area and it looks like the pressure from those water currents not only washed away materials surrounding the pipe but the pipe itself,” Hall said.