What Do County Road Commissions Do?
The activities of road commissions vary from county to county. In rural counties, for example, road commissions spend a great deal of time maintaining gravel roads. Commissions in the urban, more populated counties of southern Lower Michigan split their time between maintaining gravel and paved roads. For most, however, winter maintenance (plowing and salting) is a top priority.
County Road Commission Duties
- Snow removal, salting and sanding.
- Road and bridge construction, repair and maintenance.
- Surface treatments such as pavement overlays, sealcoats and chip and crack sealing.
- Gravel road maintenance including grading, berming, and dust control.
- Applying pavement markings and maintaining road signage.
- Ensuring steady and safe traffic patterns.
- Controlling roadside vegetation, mowing and brush cutting.
- Roadside ditch and drainage maintenance.
A List of Policies is available for more information
Small Bit of History
The Road Commission currently maintains approximately 1,649 miles of certified roads in the county road system; out of these total miles, 770 are gravel roads. There are 111 bridges and more than 2,000 culverts also maintained by the agency; and in addition, the Road Commission is contracted by the Michigan Department of Transportation to maintain approximately 580 lane miles of State Trunkline. All primary (590 miles) and local (1,059 miles) public roads in Washtenaw County that are outside the cities and villages are maintained by Road Commission crews, who provide such services as dust control, gravel road grading, snow removal, pavement resurfacing, storm drainage, tree removal and a variety of other services, including but not limited to road and bridge construction, sign and signal maintenance, pavement marking and guardrail repairs.