NEW BUFFALO – Lubke Road in New Buffalo Township will remain closed between U.S. 12 and Sand Road through February, according to the Berrien County Road Department.

The county is working with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) to stabilize the stream bank near Lubke Road. A portion of the road collapsed during recent heavy rains, but it had been under watch by the county prior to that.

Over time, the stream has moved closer to the road and caused erosion of the bank, according to Adri Boone, of the Berrien County Road Department.  

Soil borings and testing done on Jan. 27 are being evaluated to determine the sheet pile type for the construction of a retaining wall. Preservation of the stream bank located near Lubke Road will protect the road from future and additional water erosion. The work is dependent on weather, but the department estimates project completion and reopening of Lubke Road at the end of February.

The recommended detour route is U.S. 12 to Wilson Road to Stromer Road to Sand Road.

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