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2016 Adopt-A-County-Road Program

Posted on: January 27th, 2016

Are you tired of litter? The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) has announced the 2016 Adopt-A-County-Road Program. Get some friends, co-workers, civic club members, neighbors, business associates, church-goers, fraternity brothers, sorority sisters or any group together and help keep Washtenaw County’s roadsides clean!

Click to Sign-Up for the 2016 Adopt-A-County-Road Program

Public Meeting Recap: Ann Arbor-Saline/Textile Roundabout & Textile Rd Resurfacing Projects

Posted on: January 21st, 2016

On Thursday, January 14, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) held an open house meeting at Lodi Township to share information about two upcoming projects:

  • A compact rural roundabout at Ann Arbor-Saline and Textile Road
  • Resurfacing Textile Road between Maple and Ann Arbor-Saline

The public meeting took a unique format. Instead of a presentation, attendees moved through four stations where they learned more about the projects, how to travel roundabouts, and asked questions of the projects’ engineers and roundabout experts.

WCRC Urges Legislators to Reject House Bill 5016

Posted on: December 16th, 2015

One month after Governor Snyder signed the long overdue road funding package to restore the State’s transportation infrastructure, House Bill 5016 jeopardizes road projects by threatening to increase the price tag associated with making road improvements, potentially costing Washtenaw County residents hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

Dark Signals: What happens when a traffic signal loses power?

Posted on: November 16th, 2015

During storms and high winds, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) receives many phone calls about loss of power at signalized intersections. Residents often ask how WCRC responds to “dark signals” and how to drive safely through intersections where a traffic light has lost power.

What are WCRC’s next steps after a signal loses power?

Paving Gravel Roads: North Delhi Road Improvement Project

Posted on: November 10th, 2015

In November 2015, the Washtenaw County Road Commission finished the North Delhi Road Improvement Project located between Huron River Drive and Eastgate Drive on the Scio/Webster Township line. North Delhi Road was a gravel road with high daily traffic counts and poor drainage.

The Scio Township community had wanted to pave North Delhi Road for some time, but due to state inaction on road funding and rising road construction costs, the Washtenaw County Road Commission did not have the resources necessary to convert North Delhi Road into a paved road.  

Strawberry Lake Road Culvert Closed until Further Notice

Posted on: November 9th, 2015

The culvert on Strawberry Lake Road, west of Mast Road, in Webster Township was recently closed to all traffic until further notice. This was an unexpected closure. The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) attempted to temporarily repair the culvert earlier this year, but the repair failed due to the overall poor condition of the culvert.   

WCRC Successfully Completes 2015 P.A. 283 Millage Projects

Posted on: November 3rd, 2015

The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) has successfully completed all 2015 Public Act 283 (P.A. 283) road projects funded by the 0.5 road millage levied by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners last year. Unfortunately, many roads in Washtenaw County remain in poor condition and without state action Washtenaw County’s road conditions will continue to deteriorate.

Recap: Baker Rd Intersections Public Meeting

Posted on: October 23rd, 2015

On Wednesday, October 14th, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) and the City of Dexter, in cooperation with Dexter Community Schools and Scio Township, held a public information meeting to evaluate options to improve the Baker Road intersections at Shield Road and Dan Hoey Road in the City of Dexter. 

2015-2016 Winter Maintenance Guidelines Approved

Posted on: October 21st, 2015

On Tuesday, October 20th the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) approved their 2015-2016 Winter Maintenance Guidelines. The Winter Maintenance Guidelines outline WCRC’s snow plowing and maintenance priorities for the upcoming winter season.

Saturday (10/17) is 'Shake Your Mailbox' Day

Posted on: October 14th, 2015

The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) encourages residents to prepare for winter by shaking their mailbox this Saturday, as Governor Snyder has officially proclaimed Saturday, October 17th as the 7th annual “Shake your Mailbox Day” in Michigan.

While snow plows operators drive slowly, usually at 25 mph or less, the force of snow thrown from a plow is enough to knock down a loose mailbox. WCRC encourages residents to give their mailbox an aggressive shake.  If the mailbox moves it needs maintenance before the winter season begins.

Collaborating Across County Lines

Posted on: October 13th, 2015

While lawmakers in Lansing continue to discuss a long term road funding solution, at the local level the Washtenaw County Road Commission is collaborating across county lines to make necessary road improvements with limited county road commission funding.

2016 Wiard Road Project FAQ

Posted on: October 8th, 2015

The purpose of this document is to inform residents, businesses, area motorists, emergency services, public agencies and other project stakeholders of the proposed project at Wiard Road and Tyler Road. The Washtenaw County Road Commission is at the beginning stages of this project and this FAQ is preliminary. We will distribute a revised FAQ providing more specific construction details next year, before construction begins.

 

 

Background:

Repaving North Territorial Road

Posted on: September 24th, 2015

The Washtenaw County Road Commission recently finished repaving 26 miles of North Territorial Road, a multi-year project that involved federal and local funding. North Territorial Road is one of the Washtenaw County Road Commissions’ top priority roads because it is the main east-west primary road in the northern half of Washtenaw County. North Territorial Road stretches across Washtenaw County for 26 miles, from M-52 to the Wayne County line.

WCRC opens two new roundabouts on Textile Road (Ypsilanti Township)

Posted on: August 25th, 2015

Washtenaw County Road Commission has opened two compact urban roundabouts on Textile Road in Ypsilanti Township, one at Hitchingham Road and the other at Stony Creek Road. Construction started on Monday, June 22nd and the roads were re-opened to the public on Tuesday, August 25th.

The primary goal of the Textile Road roundabouts project is to alleviate the congestion caused by peak periods of rush hour traffic and nearby East Arbor Charter Academy and Arbor Preparatory High School. The schools provided $500,000 in funding for the project.

Public Act 283: How we have used the 0.5-Mill to fix local roads

Posted on: August 24th, 2015
Public Act 283

Last year, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners used Public Act 283 (P.A. 283) to levy a one-year, 0.5-mill property tax to help address the county’s failing road system at the local level. 

Austin Road Bridges Re-Opened (Saline Township)

Posted on: August 21st, 2015

On Friday, August 21st the Washtenaw County Road Commission re-opened two bridges on Austin Road in Saline Township, one over the Saline River and the other over the Bauer Drain. Both bridges were in “poor” condition and we replaced both structures. We built a conventional bridge over the Saline River and a concrete box culvert over the Bauer Drain. 

Hewitt Road Project Completed Friday, June 12th (Ypsilanti Township)

Posted on: June 24th, 2015

Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) has re-opened Hewitt Road after completing a road diet between Ellsworth and Packard. There is a second road diet project currently under construction on Huron River Drive, between Hewitt and Cornell. Sections of Hewitt and Huron River Drive had shut down in April when crews began the road diet projects.

Big Truck & Emergency Vehicle Day at Dexter Library - Friday, June 26th

Posted on: June 22nd, 2015

This Friday, WCRC is participating in Dexter’s annual Big Truck & Emergency Vehicle Day at the Dexter Library. This annual event is a great opportunity for children and adults to learn about, tour and meet the owners of emergency vehicles.

Public Act 283 - 2015 Road Improvements

Posted on: June 9th, 2015

The Washtenaw County Road Commission is pleased to announce our first Public Act 283 County funded road improvement project was recently completed on Huron River Drive, from the Mast Road to Dexter Huron MetroPark, in Scio Township.  This $200,000 mill and resurfacing project was funded with the approved 0.5 mil County millage per Public Act 283 resolution last fall.  The County Board of Commissioners should be recognized for their leadership in committing local resources in improving our County’s road network, while our elected Officials in Lansing continue to debate options on a much need

Proposal 15-1 FAQs

Posted on: April 16th, 2015

Pavement ConditionsOn Tuesday, May 5 the citizens of the state will go to the polls to determine the future of Michigan’s road and transit systems.  Key elements of the proposal are:

Proposal 1 Public Information Forum

Posted on: April 14th, 2015
Proposal 1

Washtenaw Intermediate School District and the Washtenaw County Road Commission will be hosting a public forum on Proposal 1, which will be on the May 5th ballot.

To view information click here » »

Michigan Roads

Posted on: March 24th, 2015

Michigan Roads - Rick SnyderBy Jonathan Oosting | LANSING, MI -- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder dropped by the MLive hub in downtown Lansing on Monday to discuss Proposal 1 in depth.

The May 5 ballot question will ask voters to increase the state sales tax from six percent to seven percent but exempt fuel.

Ballot Education for Roads and Schools

Posted on: March 20th, 2015
Before and After

Michigan residents will vote on a constitutional amendment on May 5th to increase revenue for roads and stabilize funding for schools and local governments.

The proposal will increase the sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent. If the proposal passes, bills that passed the legislature late last year will go into effect providing increased revenue for roads. 

Within three years, $1.2 billion in new revenue will be available for roads allowing road agencies to make positive steps toward improving our roads and bridges.

Rough Roads Ahead as We Move into Spring

Posted on: March 10th, 2015

Washtenaw County, Mich. — The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) warns motorists that many roads in the county have already become rough and others are likely to become more difficult to navigate in the coming days, as temperatures continue to rise during the day, but dip below freezing on some nights.

Keys to Winter Driving

Posted on: February 25th, 2015

Driving in Michigan can be very challenging during the winter months. Ice, snow, wind and below-freezing temperatures often combine to make winter weather driving a difficult undertaking. 

WCRC is committed to keeping our roads as safe as possible during these winter months. Winter maintenance crews are maintaining roads and bridges as conditions require. WCRC urges motorists to do their part and follow these simple steps when driving in winter weather: 

Avoid the “Second Shovel”

Posted on: November 20th, 2014

CRAM PRESS RELEASE - Lansing, Mich.  ---While the official start of winter is still a month away, many parts of the state are feeling the full effects of winter weather.

Now is the Time to Fix Our Roads

Posted on: November 14th, 2014

CRAM LogoCRAM PRESS RELEASE - Lansing, Mich.
The Local Roads Matter Coalition issued a call to action today for Michigan legislators: Now is the time to fix our roads.

Washtenaw County Road Millage

Posted on: October 22nd, 2014

Following a public hearing and lengthy debate, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners voted 6-3 to approve a 0.5-mill tax that is expected to raise approximately $7.3 million for projects to be completed in 2015.  

Click here to view the road funding map for County, City, and Village roads to be funded with the new tax. 

Salt Price Spike Hits County Budgets Hard

Posted on: October 7th, 2014

Roy Townsend, Managing Director of the Washtenaw County Road Commission, says the brutal winter last year cost the county nearly $1 million more than what a typical winter would cost. That's between the increased salt price, overtime pay for staff, and extra wear and tear on the equipment. 

Listen to Michigan Radio conversation with Roy Townsend, Managing Director of Washtenaw County » »

States Are Actually Driving Transportation Funding Declines

Posted on: September 24th, 2014

According to a new report, states' spending on transportation has dropped far more than the federal government's in the last decade.

It has become an oft-repeated talking point in discussions over how to fix the federal transportation funding formula: The federal government has become an unreliable partner to the states.

But states are at least as much to blame for the drop in transportation spending over the last decade as the federal government.

Salt Prices Soar - Another Hit for Cash-Strapped Road Agencies

Posted on: September 11th, 2014

CRAM LogoCRAM PRESS RELEASE

Lansing, Mich. – While Michigan residents are enjoying the dog days of summer, road agencies are quietly preparing for winter. The County Road Association said that state and local road agencies are bracing for a massive increase in salt prices expected this year – yet another hit for cash-strapped road maintenance budgets. 

Great Lake States' Highway Spending Per Capita

Posted on: May 28th, 2014
Great Lake States' Highway Spending per Capita

Michigan Ranks Last of All 50 States on Per Capita Road Spending
By Virginia Gordan, MICHIGAN RADIO NEWSROOM 

Michigan spends less money per capita on its roads and bridges than any other state in the nation.  It spends $154 per person annually, according to the 2010 Census. 

Local Roads Matter

Posted on: May 13th, 2014

Local roads matter to kids -- but current conditions cause buses to travel around closed or weight restricted roads, increasing time and cost. Please watch this video – then contact your lawmakers and let them know that local roads matter to you! 

MDOT's "Reality Check" examines pothole patching practices

Posted on: April 16th, 2014
MDOT

April 16, 2014 -- "Fix potholes right the first time."

            A new "Reality Check" video and information sheet from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) looks at why potholes are patched like they are, and why the patch can't possibly be a permanent repair.

William McFarlane Announced as New Road Commissioner

Posted on: April 4th, 2014
William (Bill) McFarlane

William (Bill) McFarlane, a lifelong resident of Superior Township, was appointed as the newest member of the Washtenaw County Board of Road Commissioners (WCRC) on March 19, 2014 by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners to fill the seat left vacant by the recent death of Fred Veigel.  The remainder of that six-year term runs through Dec. 31, 2014.

Seyth Miersma Ride Along

Posted on: April 1st, 2014

Seyth Miersma, known for his stories about great roads and great cars, is a freelance writer and Senior Editor at Autoblog.  Seth recently did a ride along with Dan Clark, one of our Heavy Truck Drivers, for his new Autoblog series Driven to Work.  Read more as Seyth writes about “the vehicles that do the work of the world” and “the people who operate them.”  Read More » »

Pothole-Mageddon

Posted on: March 31st, 2014
County Road Association of Michigan

Lansing, Mich. – Although motorists are already frustrated with pothole season, the County Road Association of Michigan warns the worst is probably yet to come.  Michigan residents have more to look forward to than just the opening of baseball season this week.

Rough Roads ahead as we move into spring

Posted on: March 14th, 2014

Washtenaw County, Mich. — The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) warns motorists that many roads in the county have already become rough and others are likely to become more difficult to navigate in the coming days, as temperatures continue to rise during the day, but dip below freezing on some nights.

MDOT tips for driving during terrible pothole season

Posted on: March 14th, 2014

Fast Facts:
- By driving extra cautiously and not tailgating, drivers have more time to see and react to any potholes they're approaching.
- Properly inflated tires in good condition handle potholes better than worn, over-inflated or under-inflated tires.

Commissioner Fred Veigel

Posted on: March 5th, 2014

It is with deep regret that the Washtenaw County Road Commission says their final good bye to Commissioner Fred Veigel.  Fred Veigel served on the Washtenaw County Board of Road Commissioners since he was first appointed by the County Board of Commissioners in December of 1990 and officially assumed his Road Commission position in January 1991.  His service of 23 years to the Road Commission was the second longest in the Road Commissions history with H.L. Frisinger serving 30 (1940-1970) and Norman Kennedy also serving 23 (1981-2004).

Reporting Potholes

Posted on: February 25th, 2014
Pothole Cause

What causes potholes?

$100 Million Winter Road Supplemental

Posted on: February 25th, 2014
CRAM Logo

Lansing, Mich. – As snow and rain fall across Michigan again today, the County Road Association of Michigan applauded the action of the Michigan Senate, which today passed a $100 million supplemental to assist road agencies with the extreme cost overruns that have occurred so far this winter.

Winter Storm of 2014

Posted on: January 8th, 2014
Winter Storm Ride Along

"As parts of Washtenaw County received about 14 inches of snow in less than a 48-hour span this weekend, road crews have been logging grueling 12- and 16-hour-long shifts to keep highways and major routes open during the midst of the storm" (Biolchini, 2014).

Amy Biolchini (author) and Melanie Maxwell (photographer) with Ann Arbor News share their view from a Washtenaw County Road Commission snowplow as they ride along with Dave Trinkle and Paul Schneider (respectively) on Monday, January 6.

See story line, photos, and video feed from MLive Links below:

Winter Maintenance Activities

Posted on: December 19th, 2013
Snowplow plowing snows

The Washtenaw County Road Commission is responsible for winter maintenance on all county roads and State Trunklines. Winter maintenance activities include applying salt and sand, as well as plowing snow on roadways and shoulders.

Road Commission’s Successful 2013 Season

Posted on: December 17th, 2013
Successful 2013 Season

          The Washtenaw County Road Commission, in conjunction with our 20 Townships, federal/state and developer funds, the Enbridge agreement, and Special Assessment Districts, has completed one of the largest construction season workloads on record.  For the 2013 construction season, nearly every township increased their contributions for road improvements resulting in $6.4M of local dollars towards over 300 road improvement projects, including Collegewood and Senate Avenues, which have been discussed for the past 20 years.  The

Winter Safety Message

Posted on: November 12th, 2013
Snow Plow Image

Snowplows Need Room to Groom!

In cooperation with an education campaign launched by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the County Road Association of Michigan (CRAM), the Washtenaw County Road Commission urges motorists to drive safely around snow removal equipment and remember, "Snowplows Need Room to Groom!"

Barbara Ryan Fuller Announced as New Road Commissioner

Posted on: October 25th, 2013

Barbara Ryan Fuller of Sharon Township was appointed as the newest member of the Washtenaw County Board of Road Commissioners (WCRC) on October 16, 2013 by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. Fuller replaces Kenneth Schwartz who stepped down from the Road Commission to take over as Superior Township Supervisor following Bill McFarlane’s retirement. Barbara’s recent appointment is for the remainder of Schwartz’s six-year term and runs through December 31, 2018.

Special Assessment Districts

Posted on: August 15th, 2013

The number Special Assessment Districts (SAD’s) for road improvements continue to increase each year, as property owners in subdivisions are educated on how very little of their tax dollars are collected for local subdivision roads ($1,500/yr/mile rural and $3,000/yr/mile urban).  The Road Commission encourages initial informational meetings with property owners so they can make an informed decision if they are willing to pay for a Special Assessment to improve the subdivision roads within their community.

Townships Step Up With Road Funding Dollars!

Posted on: August 15th, 2013
Chip Seal Project

The Washtenaw County Road Commission would like to recognize all the Local Elected Officials who have stepped up to fund a record amount of road work this year in Washtenaw County.  For the 2013 construction season, nearly every township has increased their contributions for road improvements resulting in $6.4M of local dollars towards road improvement projects.

Enbridge Pipeline:

Proposed Road Improvement Plan

Posted on: April 15th, 2013

Proposed Road Improvement Plan Based on Governor Snyder’s Road and Bridge Funding Proposal

The Washtenaw County Road Commission has prepared a two year road improvement plan based on the potential $1.2 to $1.6B increase in road funding that has been proposed by Governor Snyder. The attached plan would improve 67 miles of the worst roads in Washtenaw County and replace five (5) bridges that are in poor condition. This work would be completed over a two year period after the funding proposals are approved by the State Legislature.

State Road Environmental Assessment

Posted on: March 21st, 2013

EnviromentalThe Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) has conducted an Environment Assessment (EA) pursuant to federal and state environmental laws for proposed improvements along State Road from just south of Ellsworth Road to Campus Parkway located in Pittsfield Township.  The proposed project includes road widening to four lanes; construction of a narrow median; instal

Blood Drive

Posted on: March 19th, 2013

American Red Cross

 The Washtenaw County Road Commission and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.   Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

Driving Our Economy Forward

Posted on: March 4th, 2013

Published by County Road Association of Michigan:

County roads are the backbone of our state’s economy; connecting state trunk lines and municipalities with the rest of the state.

From seasonal roads to seven-lane highways and beyond, county road agencies are responsible for the majority (75 percent) of Michigan’s road system, representing more than 90,000 miles of Michigan’s Roads and 5,700 bridges– the fourth largest local road system in the nation.

A Winter Morning Ride Along!!

Posted on: January 31st, 2013
RideAlong1
Video: Day in the life of an Ann Arbor snowplow driver
Follow AnnArbor.com snowplow ride-along
AnnArbor.com: Top 5 Things I learned...

On Friday January 25, 2013 I had the pleasure of riding on our roads with Dan Clark, Heavy Truck Driver with the State Trunkline Crew. 

Salt Storage Building Ribbon Cutting

Posted on: January 23rd, 2013

On Friday, January 18, 2013, the Board of County Road Commissioners held a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to mark the official completion of the construction of the new salt barn located at the District #4 Maintenance Yard, located on M-52 in the Village of Manchester. The informal half-hour ceremony took place at 11:00 a.m.

Snowplows Need Room to Groom!

Posted on: November 30th, 2012

November 29, 2012 – In cooperation with an education campaign launched by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the County Road Association of Michigan (CRAM), the Washtenaw County Road Commission urges motorists to drive safely around snow removal equipment and remember, "Snowplows Need Room to Groom!"

Road Commission Staffing Levels Back to 1960s

Posted on: November 14th, 2012

Michigan's economic realities have caught up with its road agencies -- and the evidence of that may be visible in the Road Commission’s ability to fight ice and snow this year.

NETS Kicks Off Drive Safely Work Week

Posted on: October 1st, 2012

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) launched today its national Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW) campaign. The campaign is officially recognized this year from October 1-5 and promotes safe-driving education and awareness.

According to a 2010 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual cost of medical care and productivity losses associated with injuries from motor vehicle crashes exceeds $99 billion.

A Good Shake Could Save Your Mailbox

Posted on: September 25th, 2012

Don't forget...
Saturday, October 20th has officially been proclaimed the 4th Annual Shake Your Mailbox Day in Michigan by Govenor Rick Snyder.


Each winter, mailboxes are damaged during winter maintenance operations. More often than not, damage to mailboxes is caused by snow pushing against weakened posts or hardware.  If you can shake your mailbox, it probably needs maintenance.

Special Assessment Districts

Posted on: September 7th, 2012

When it comes to roads, Michigan is facing a perfect storm: Funding is declining while maintenance costs are rising. This lack in revenue is creating an enormous debt of needed road repairs. WCRC, on average, receives approximately $3,000 per mile per year from the Michigan Transportation Fund (MTF) for subdivision roads located in the urban boundary and $1,500 per mile per year in rural areas. Most of this revenue is expended on winter maintenance activities and pothole patching.

Welcome to Our New Look

Posted on: July 11th, 2012

Washtenaw County Road Commission is proud to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website with a dynamic, new look.

Our old website served us well for many years, but technology continues to develop and with this redesign we will be able to take advantage of the most current tools making our agency even more streamlined while continuing the level of customer service that our constituents have come to expect.

Six Million in Bonds to Help Fund Road Work

Posted on: June 14th, 2012

Public Act 143(1) permits the Road Commission to sell bonds for the specific purpose of improving roads.  Last April, the Washtenaw County board of commissioners authorized the issuance of up to $6 million in bonds to be used by the Road Commission to help fund road work in the Charter Township of Ypsilanti (Ypsilanti Township).  Under the terms of the contract, the bonds will be issued by the road commission and Ypsilanti Township will reimburse

State & Ellsworth Roundabout Project

Posted on: June 5th, 2012

The Washtenaw County Road Commission, in partnership with the City of Ann Arbor and Costco, plan to move forward with the construction of a modern roundabout at the intersection of State and Ellsworth Roads. This intersection is located at the border of the City of Ann Arbor and Pittsfield Township. The Road Commission will design and construct the project, acquire all necessary permits, and provide the construction engineering services.

WCRC Responds to Emergency Tornado Disaster

Posted on: April 30th, 2012

WCRC Responds to Emergency Tornado Disaster On Thursday afternoon, March 15, 2012 an EF-3 tornado struck Washtenaw County. According to the National Weather Service, the tornado was a massive storm nearly a half-mile wide in some places, packing winds of 130 to 140 mph. It left a path of destruction 7.2 miles long Areas of Dexter Township and the Village of Dexter bore the brunt of the tornado damage with 266 residences and six businesses impacted, at an estimated cost of $8.3 million.

Adopt-A-County Road Kick-Off Approaching!

Posted on: April 10th, 2012

The Washtenaw County Road Commission will kick off its seventh year of roadside clean-up efforts with its "Adopt-A-County Road Program" (AACR), beginning the weekend of April 28-29, 2012, to coincide closely with the forty-second anniversary of Earth Day. The AACR program began in 2006 after the Board of County Road Commissioners approved its implementation.

National Work Zone Awareness Week

Posted on: April 2nd, 2012

It’s “orange barrel” season again and the Washtenaw County Road Commission has already began work on several road improvement projects in Washtenaw County.

Sheryl Soderholm Siddall Promoted to Director of Engineering

Posted on: January 24th, 2012

Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) Managing Director Roy Townsend has named Sheryl Soderholm Siddall as the Road Commission’s new Director of Engineering effective December 28th, of 2011.  Townsend, who took over as Managing Director, held the Engineering Director’s position previously.

Winter Safety Message: Snow Plows Need Room to Groom

Posted on: January 19th, 2012

In collaboration with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the County Road Association of Michigan (CRAM), the Washtenaw County Road Commission is urging motorists to remember good driving habits in winter weather conditions.    Washtenaw County road crews respond before, during and after winter storms, to ensure safe travel conditions for motorists. Motorists must remember to drive with caution no matter how much salt and/or sand is used or how often roads are plowed.

Roy D. Townsend Named Managing Director of Washtenaw County Road Commission

Posted on: January 11th, 2012

At the December 8th Board meeting, Road Commissioners Doug Fuller, Fred Veigel, and Ken Schwartz announced their appointment of Roy Townsend as the new Managing Director of the Washtenaw County Road Commission.

Steven M. Puuri Retires

Posted on: December 5th, 2011

After 25 years with the Washtenaw County Road Commission, Steven M.
Puuri, Managing Director, has  announced his retirement for
December 23rd of this year.

Sh-Sh-Shake Your Mailbox

Posted on: October 12th, 2011

The Washtenaw County
Road Commission asks county residents to prepare for winter by shaking
their mailbox.


Governor Rick Snyder has officially proclaimed Saturday,
October 15th
the third annual ‘Shake Your Mailbox Day’ in
Michigan.


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony / Re-Opening

Posted on: October 5th, 2011

Dear Interested Stakeholders:



On behalf of the Washtenaw County Board of Road Commissioners and
Road Commission staff, I would like to
invite you to attend a “Ribbon Cutting/Re-opening Ceremony”

on Monday, October 10, 2008 at 1:00 p.m., to commemorate the
completion of the Lima Center Road Bridge Over Mill Creek
in Lima Township and
and the Waldo Road Bridge over Mill Creek in Sharon Township at 1:30. The brief ceremonies

County Road Millage Proposal Why Now?

Posted on: September 15th, 2011

The Washtenaw County Road Commission is responsible for maintaining
1650 miles of roads in our County with a state road funding
mechanism that was last adjusted in 1997 and no prospect of
being adjusted in the near future.  Meanwhile the paved surface
area has been expanded by 15% and our agency is experiencing
staggering inflationary cost increases.  In reaction to these
unsustainable trends, the Board of Road Commissioners
implemented a number of cost cutting measures which resulted in

Road Commission Mid-Year Financial Review

Posted on: August 16th, 2011

The Board of Road Commissioners approved several adjustments to the
2011 Budget following their 2nd Quarter review; in addition the
Board reviewed the staff projections for the 2012, 2013 and 2014
Budgets.  The good news is that the Road Commission has reduced
the projected budget deficit for 2011 by $ 500,000, however a $
1,900,000 shortfall continues to cast a large cloud over the
2011 financial outlook”.  While the overall financial position
of the Road Commission remains sound the 2011, a deficit

Special Assessment Districts (S.A.D.'s)

Posted on: May 27th, 2011

When it comes to roads, Michigan is facing a perfect storm: Funding is declining while maintenance costs are rising.  This lack in revenue is creating an enormous debt of needed road repairs.  WCRC, on average, receives approximately $3,000 per mile per year from the Michigan Transportation Fund (MTF) for subdivision roads located in the urban boundary and $1,500 per mile per year in rural areas.  Most of this revenue is expended on winter maintenance activities and pothole patching.  Due to declining revenues in recent years and significant increasing expenses, WCR

Holmes Road Phase 3 Begins

Posted on: April 29th, 2011

Holmes
Road Phase 3 construction began late March of this year and
is anticipated to be completed this September.  Once
completed, the new roadway will remain a two-lane road but will
also include 4-foot bicycle lanes on both sides. 
After completion, the new roadway will consist of new
concrete curb-gutter and asphalt pavement
, sidewalks
will be constructed along both sides, and street lighting
will be installed. At the intersection of Holmes and Ridge

April 4-8 is National Work Zone Awareness Week

Posted on: April 4th, 2011

It’s "orange barrel"
season again and the Washtenaw County Road Commission has
already began work on several road improvement projects in
Washtenaw County. Consequently, it is a good time for motorists
to remind themselves to be particularly cautious and alert to
the many crews working on road construction projects over the
next six to nine months.



“Ensuring the safety of our crews and the traveling public is

Road Commission Closes 2010 on Solid Financial Ground

Posted on: February 11th, 2011

The Road Commission's year-end financial
picture continues to look very encouraging
relative
to many other road agencies in Michigan. We have recovered
from a $2.2 million deficit in April 2010, to a $200,000 deficit

as currently estimated, subject to our annual audit. This
dramatic change in our financial position is, for the most part,
due to a larger than expected revenue from Federal & State
grants and local sources. We want to thank our transportation

Winter Safety Message

Posted on: February 11th, 2011

By Bob Felt, MDOT Office of Communications

MDOT posts winter safety message on YouTube:

Ken Schwartz Announced as New Road Commissioner

Posted on: January 28th, 2011

On January 4th, 2010, the Washtenaw County Board of Road Commissioners announced the appointment of Kenneth Schwartz as its newest Board member replacing David Rutledge who was elected to the state legislature in the November general election. Washtenaw County chief deputy clerk/register of deeds, Jim Dries, swore in new Road Commissioner Ken Schwartz during the Road Commission’s first board meeting of 2010.

WCRC Employees Support Local 'Food Gatherers'

Posted on: January 6th, 2011

The Washtenaw County Road
Commission
has been donating to families for many
years, either by adopting families through Salvation Army, or by
giving to road commission families in need. "This year, we (the
employees) decided to help those less fortunate in our area by
collecting food and paper goods for the local area food bank,"
said Steven Puuri, Managing Director. “I’m proud that so many
Road Commission employees stepped up to assist their friends and

WCRC Welcomes Gretchen's House to the Road Commission

Posted on: December 20th, 2010

The Washtenaw County Road Commission was excited to welcome two pre-school class field trips from Gretchen’s House on December 6th and 7th. Safety is important to everyone at the Road Commission and teaching our young children about road safety helps to promote awareness and behavior, aiding in the prevention of accidental injury to our children.

Road Commission Board Approves the 2011 WCRC Annual Budget

Posted on: December 14th, 2010

The Washtenaw County Board of Road Commissioners approved their 2011 Road Maintenance and Construction Budget on December 9, 2010 following a Public Hearing in which recommendations were presented by Steven Puuri, WCRC Managing Director and Daniel Ackerman, WCRC Finance Director.

2011-2015 Capital Improvement Plan - Board Adoption

Posted on: November 23rd, 2010

The Washtenaw County Road Commission is proud to present the
latest update of our 2011-2015 Capital
Improvement Plan (CIP)
to the citizens of Washtenaw
County.  We credit the Board of County Road Commissioners
for their vision and direction as we updated this important plan
for our agency and stakeholders.  In addition, a tremendous
amount of credit must be extended to the Road Commission staff who

Transportation Economic Development Funds Awarded to Washtenaw County

Posted on: November 2nd, 2010

In late October, the Michigan Department of Transportation
(MDOT)
announced the awarding of state Transportation
Economic Development Fund (TEDF)
grants to nine Michigan
counties, including Washtenaw County
The grants will fund road improvement projects, leverage private
investment, and support Michigan jobs.



The TEDF grants fall under the 'Category A' or 'Target

Huron River Drive Collaboration

Posted on: October 21st, 2010

A successful collaboration between the local biking community, the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Department, and the Washtenaw County Road Commission means new life for a popular cycling route.

Enthusiastic community partners gathered along Huron River Drive to celebrate the official HRD ribbon cutting, October 14th.  Local cyclists and members of the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society (AABTS) joined in, eager to test a newly paved section of Huron River Drive.

Sh-Sh-Shake Your Mailbox

Posted on: October 1st, 2010

Washtenaw County, Michigan – The Washtenaw County Road Commission asks county residents to prepare for winter by shaking their mailbox.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm has officially proclaimed Saturday, October 23 as the second annual ‘Shake Your Mailbox Day’ in Michigan.  Shake Your Mailbox Day is a joint effort on the part of County Road Commissions and the U.S. Postal Service.

2011-2015 Capital Improvement Plan - Public Comment Period

Posted on: September 23rd, 2010

On November 2, 2010, the Washtenaw County Board of Road
Commissioners will consider the adoption of their
> 2011-2015
Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)
.


Over the past several months, Steve Puuri, Managing Director,
Roy Townsend, Director of Engineering, Jim Harmon,
Director of Operations, and other Road Commission staff have
identified
the county road system needs and other capital investments to

New Dexter-Pinckney Road Bridge Opens

Posted on: September 8th, 2010

The Dexter-Pinckney Road Bridge
over the Portage Lake Canal
officially OPENED on Friday, September 3rd, following a
five-month closure.  Dexter-Pinckney Road was closed, and the
Washtenaw County Road
Commission (WCRC) began
construction activities in mid-March for the removal and
replacement of the existing, deteriorated 1920 concrete bridge. 

2010 Preventive Maintenance - Sealcoat Program

Posted on: August 11th, 2010

The 2010 Preventive Maintenance Program is nearing completion
and it has resulted in a substantial number of miles of pavement
overlays, sealcoat and crack sealing throughout Washtenaw County. 
As part of this initiative, Preventive
Maintenance crews will place 59 miles of sealcoat.
 
The purpose of this practice is to

Funding Challenges Require Tough Decisions for Board

Posted on: July 21st, 2010

Halfway through the construction season
and 2010 budget, the Board of Road Commissioners looks ahead as it
considers the difficult challenge of providing road services the
public expects despite steadily
declining revenues.

July Working Session Reviews Bridge and Paved Road Conditions

Posted on: June 30th, 2010

The Road Commission has scheduled a
Working Session on July 20, 2010
to review the
annual bridge condition inspection reports
.  The Board
will also receive the 2009 annual paved road surface condition
report
which assesses current conditions of the paved
roads on the county road system and predicts future conditions
based on funding strategies.



2010 Preventive Maintenance Program

Posted on: June 11th, 2010

The 2010 Preventive Maintenance Programs are well underway.  This year the Road Commission places new emphasis on pavement preservation.

The 2010 Preventive Maintenance Program will result in a substantial number of miles of pavement overlays, sealcoat and crack sealing throughout Washtenaw County.  We have fallen behind in these maintenance areas due to budget constraints, and our primary paved roads are showing the effects.  This new emphasis is certainly a major step in the right direction to address a long standing need.

Jackson Boulevard, Phase III

Posted on: June 1st, 2010

Scio Township and the Washtenaw County Road
Commission
recently celebrated the
Boulevard Grand Opening
, marking successful completion of the
Jackson Road, Phase III
project.  Phase III was a
two-year, $14.1 million road project that extended the Boulevard
an additional two miles westward.  In addition to road
reconstruction, the project included new sanitary sewers,

2010 'Grand Opening' Jackson Road Cruise

Posted on: May 18th, 2010

'Rev' up your engines for the 2nd Annual
Jackson Road Cruise,
a seven mile cruisin' event sponsored by the Economic Development
Corporation (EDC) of Scio Township
and generous local sponsors.  In conjunction, this
spring's Boulevard Grand Opening marks the completion
of a twenty-year, three-phase Jackson Road & Boulevard development

Whittaker Road / Stony Creek Road Roundabout Project Begins

Posted on: April 16th, 2010

The Washtenaw County Road Commission recently held a
public information meeting for the
Whittaker Road / Stony Creek Road Roundabout
project
located in Ypsilanti Township.  The purpose of the meeting
was to provide information to the general public about the
expected traffic impacts due to the road construction.


The proposed intersection improvements consist of 0.49 miles of

Work Zones Need Your Undivided Attention

Posted on: April 13th, 2010

April 19-23 is National Work Zone Awareness Week

State of Our Roads

Posted on: March 26th, 2010

In contrast to recent news articles about failing Michigan businesses and
municipalities, this update focuses on successful strategies that
have allowed the Washtenaw County Road
Commission
to balance their 2009 budget.  Our current funding challenges, like other Road Commissions,
stem from a continuous decline in our Michigan Transportation
Funds (MTF)
.  In fact, the 2010 projections for MTF are

Dexter-Pinckney Road Bridge Closure

Posted on: February 24th, 2010

The Washtenaw County Road Commission recently held a
Public Information Meeting to provide the general public with an
update for Dexter-Pinckney Road Bridge replacement project
located over the Portage Lake Canal in
Dexter Township
.  The
project is expected to start in March, 2010 and be completed in
August, 2010.


Michigan, the Donor State

Posted on: January 8th, 2010

The state of Michigan participates in a Federal-Aid Highway Program whereby federal funds cover 80% of highway project costs.  The additional 20% of project cost is provided at the local level.  The ratio of annual Federal-aid highway funds a state receives compared with the Federal highway user tax receipts (from users in that state) varies from state to state.

Winter Maintenance

The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) is responsible for winter maintenance on 1,650 miles of county roads and 581 lane miles of state highways and expressway. Winter maintenance activities include applying salt and sand, as well as plowing snow on roadways and shoulders.

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2016 Adopt-A-County-Road Program

Posted on: January 27th, 2016

Are you tired of litter? The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) has announced the 2016 Adopt-A-County-Road Program. Get some friends, co-workers, civic club members, neighbors, business associates, church-goers, fraternity brothers, sorority sisters or any group together and help keep Washtenaw County’s roadsides clean!

Click to Sign-Up for the 2016 Adopt-A-County-Road Program

Public Meeting Recap: Ann Arbor-Saline/Textile Roundabout & Textile Rd Resurfacing Projects

Posted on: January 21st, 2016

On Thursday, January 14, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) held an open house meeting at Lodi Township to share information about two upcoming projects:

  • A compact rural roundabout at Ann Arbor-Saline and Textile Road
  • Resurfacing Textile Road between Maple and Ann Arbor-Saline

The public meeting took a unique format. Instead of a presentation, attendees moved through four stations where they learned more about the projects, how to travel roundabouts, and asked questions of the projects’ engineers and roundabout experts.