About the Road Commission

The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) is the county-level road agency in Washtenaw County, Michigan. WCRC 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. The Washtenaw County Road Commission is divided into three departments: Operations, Engineering, and Administration.

Agency Responsibilities

WCRC maintains approximately 1,649 miles of certified public roads, which includes 770 miles of gravel roads. All primary and local public roads in Washtenaw County located outside of city and village limits are maintained by WCRC crews. Crews provide services such 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 markings, and guardrail repairs. In addition, WCRC is contracted by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to maintain approximately 580 lane miles of state highways. To learn more about the services provided by the Washtenaw County Road Commission, visit our Services page.

Our Vision

The Washtenaw County Road Commission aspires to be a premier road maintenance and planning agency, providing a high-quality system of roads and bridges through efficient maintenance, fiscal responsibility, and innovative planning and improvement strategies. We aspire to provide the highest quality service through an open and fair decision-making process to meet the needs of the traveling public in Washtenaw County. We strive to enhance the quality of life in urban and rural communities by drawing on the expertise, creativity, and commitment of our staff and partners. We recognize that our success is dependent upon the collective talents of our staff and community resources to meet the challenges. We commit to attracting the best and brightest workforce, strengthening their skills and promoting and rewarding excellence, while nurturing diversity and encouraging innovation.

Guiding Principles

In our work together at the Washtenaw County Road Commission, with our communities and other stakeholders, we will:

  • Promote openness and transparency in decision-making
  • Provide ample opportunities for participation by the public and local government
  • Be conscientious stewards of the public’s money
  • Value diversity
  • Be sensitive to the environment
  • Value all employees
  • Provide leadership in transportation planning and road system improvement