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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.

Road Commission Building


The Washtenaw County Road Commission is responsible for maintaining a road system that is reasonably safe and convenient to the traveling public.

The agency is governed by a three-member Board of County Road Commissioners: Douglas E. Fuller (Chair), Barbara Ryan Fuller (Vice-Chair), and  William McFarlane (Member). The day-to-day operations are overseen by Managing Director, Roy D. Townsend, and carried out by its 130 employees (115 active).