The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) aspires to be a premier transportation agency providing a high-quality system of roads and bridges through efficient maintenance, fiscal responsibility, and innovative planning and improvement strategies. Future projects are identified through an annual planning process resulting in a document called the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) which maps out investments over a five year period.
The CIP typically addresses investments in excess of $100,000 and may include road and bridge projects, as well as facility and equipment purchases. Due to funding restrictions based on the functional class of a roadway (primary or local), most of the road and bridge projects identified in the CIP are located on the primary road system, which includes many of the major roads in the county.
There are over 1,000 miles of local roads in Washtenaw County, which includes subdivision roads. Due to a lack of adequate funds for local roads, WCRC established a Local Road Matching Program. Annually, WCRC offers each township local matching funds to promote partnership and encourage investment in local roads.
In order to address needed road repairs in subdivisions, citizens and business owners have turned to Special Assessment Districts (S.A.D.) to raise funds to repair local roads. S.A.D.s are a designated area where a majority of property owners agree to allow a government agency to levy a property tax in exchange for a specific service. In the case of WCRC, the specific service is the improvement of public roads. To learn more about Special Assessment Districts, click here.
For more on future road planning in Washtenaw County, visit the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study’s website (miwats.org).