The Washtenaw County Road Commission(WCRC) maintains 1,649 miles of public roads in Washtenaw County. All primary and local public roads located outside the cities and villages are maintained by WCRC crews, who provide services such as dust control, snow removal, sign repair, and a variety of other services.
If you are reporting a road emergency, please contact WCRC directly at (734) 761-1500.
Snow & Ice Removal
WCRC clears over 1,650 miles of county roads based on a priority system that starts with highways and paved county roads, followed by subdivision and gravel roads. Long or back-to-back storms may delay the Road Commissions response time on subdivision and unpaved roads. It is the responsibility of the homeowners and business owners to clear snow from their driveways and sidewalks. To learn more about WCRC’s winter maintenance activities, visit our Winter Maintenance page.
WCRC is responsible for maintaining 771 miles of unpaved roads countywide. Most unpaved road maintenance occurs during the summer and fall. Maintenance efforts last longest when conditions are dry and warm. Frozen roads are too hard and cannot be graded. In the spring, roads thaw and become saturated with moisture. Aggressive maintenance during the thawing period they can make muddy conditions worse.
All gravel roads give off dust. During the dry summer months, crews stabilize gravel roads by applying brine (a salt/water mixture). Brine application decreases dust and attracts the right amount of moisture to help keep the road together.
A pothole is typically fixed by cleaning out the loose debris and filling it with hot and cold asphalt patch. If you are reporting a pothole that you view as an emergency or potentially harmful, please contact WCRC immediately at (734) 761-1500.
Animal in the Roadway
WCRC only removes large animals, such as deer, from the roadway when the animal remains pose a safety concern. Crews will pull animal remains far enough off the road as not to interfere with travel. WCRC does not have the resources to completely remove and dispose of animal remains located in the road right-of-way.
Traffic Signal Repairs
WCRC maintains approximately 200 traffic signals/flashing beacons at intersections throughout Washtenaw County. If a signal is flashing, off, damaged, or a red bulb is out, please call WCRC immediately at (734) 761-1500. If you are requesting a new traffic signal, please call WCRC directly at (734) 761-1500.
Traffic Sign Repairs
WCRC is responsible for installing, repairing, and maintaining approximately 30,000 traffic control signs throughout the county. If you are reporting a stop, stop ahead, or railroad sign that has been knocked down or is missing, please notify WCRC immediately at 734-761-1500. If you are requesting a new traffic sign, please call WCRC directly at (734) 761-1500.
Roadside Tree Removal/Maintenance
WCRC only removes trees located within the road right-of-way, typically 33-feet from the centerline of the road. If the tree is not in the road right-of-way, citizens can obtain a free permit from the Road Commission and remove them tree themselves.
Due to a high volume of requests for tree removal and limited resources, WCRC may place your request on a removal list, but it may take several months or more to complete the request. Citizens may obtain a free tree removal permit from the WCRC permits office to remove the tree yourself.
Roadside Brush & Vegetation Removal
WCRC only removes brush and vegetation that is located within the road right-of-way, typically 33-feet from the centerline of the road. Clearing vegetation from driveways and private roads is the responsibility of property owner(s) and is outside WCRC’s jurisdiction
Roadside Drainage Issues
WCRC will investigate and correct roadside drainage issues that are located within the road right-of-way, typically 33-feet from the centerline of the road.
WCRC may pick up litter/trash that is located within the road right-of-way as time permits, or will refer the issue to a local unit of government. If you are reporting litter or trash in a roadway that poses an immediate danger, please call us immediately at (734) 761-1500.
When guardrail deteriorates or is struck by a vehicle and damaged, WCRC will repair or replace the guardrail.
WCRC will investigate and correct roadway flooding issues. The cause and extent of flooding will determine WCRC’s response. Sometimes crews can remove the obstruction and flooding will recede, other times WCRC must close the road, place warning signs, and wait for flooding to recede itself. If there is water over the road, please call WCRC immediately at (734) 761-1500.
WCRC is responsible for maintaining approximately 2,000 miles of pavement markings, including several legends and symbols. WCRC will repaint/reapply pavement markings when they wear down. If you are requesting a change in pavement markings, such as changing lines in the road from dashed to solid, please contact WCRC directly at (734) 761-1500.