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July’s Roads in Review Newsletter

By July 6, 2020Articles

 

Roads in Review

July 2020

Social distancing, masks, contact tracing, Zoom…the world has certainly changed dramatically since our winter newsletter.

While it has been a very challenging few months, everyone at the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) remains committed to serving the people of Washtenaw County. We are pleased to announce that starting today, Monday, July 6, our lobby on Zeeb Rd has reopened to the public by-appointment only. We will also continue to offer many of our services, including permitting, remotely. To make an appointment, contact (734) 761-1500.

If you have questions, please call (734) 761-1500 or email wcrc@wcroads.org.

New Road Commissioners Appointed

WCRC’s board expanded to 5 members

Earlier this year, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to expand the Washtenaw County Board of County Road Commissioners from three to five members.

In May, the BOC appointed two new road commissioners to fill these newly created seats. Welcome to Commissioner Gloria Llamas from Pittsfield Township and Commissioner Jo Ann McCollum from Ypsilanti Township! Click here to meet the entire WCRC board.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in April, our board started using the Zoom meeting format and plans to continue hosting virtual board meetings through at least July. These meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Anyone can join and participate in the meeting from their computer, smart phone or touch-tone phone. Click here to learn how to join a virtual meeting.

Roads and Non-Motorized
County-Wide Millage

On August 4, voters will be asked to renew and restore the County-Wide Roads and Non-Motorized Millage, first approved by voters in 2016. If approved, this 0.5 mill tax would fund more than 215 miles of road improvements across the county and at least 10 non-motorized projects over the next four years (2021 – 2024).

Click here to learn about this important funding source.

We hope you can join us virtually on Tuesday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom to learn even more and ask questions of WCRC staff.

2020 Construction Season

With the proper coronavirus-related safety precautions in place, the 2020 construction season is well underway. We have already completed several seal coat, paving and reconstruction projects throughout the county, with much more planned.

This season, we have added “fog sealing” to our seal coat program. The fog seal is applied a few weeks after a road has been chip sealed, helping to lock-in the chips which gives a smoother, quieter ride and further protects the pavement.

These projects are listed on our Current Projects web page and added to the Weekly Road Work Schedule as it gets started.

Please Give Us Room

As traffic volumes start to increase again, we are seeing some pretty alarming and dangerous behavior from motorists in construction zones and near road workers.

Please slow down when driving near road workers or any WCRC equipment and take another route if you can. We all want to get home safely.