Since August, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) closed the Chelsea Rest Area on I-94 because its septic field (the underground sanitary drainage system serving the rest area) had failed.
Since that time, MDOT has been working to secure the necessary funding and approvals, as well as develop the required design details, to construct its replacement, said Mark A. Sweeney, P.E. in an email.
“At present, the design work is proceeding and is expected to be completed before the end of winter. With construction starting up early spring and lasting through later in the summer,” he said.
In addition, MDOT did investigate ways to reopen the rest area, until the replacement field had been constructed.
However, the options available all proved to be either impractical or cost prohibitive.