March 24: Consumers Energy Pipeline & T&S overview

Good morning,

With a mix of sunshine, 50-degree weather, and lots of rain, it feels fitting that Monday was the first official day of spring! As I am sure you all know, this kind of weather makes maintaining our unpaved roads a challenging task for our operations crews. Thank you to everyone who has played a part in getting our gravel roads into better condition. Your efforts make a great difference to our folks out in rural areas.

This week’s board meeting was a busy one! One item I would like to highlight is a Consumers Energy pipeline project that was approved for Sylvan and Lyndon Townships. While pipeline projects can cause a lot of frustration due to all the construction and damage to our roads, their $2.3 million project will repair the roads and also include road improvements that have long been needed.

A special shout out to Brent Schlack for the Traffic & Safety presentation that he shared during our working session on Monday. In this presentation, Brent outlined the mission of our traffic & safety team and how their efforts have contributed to creating safer roads in Washtenaw County. One example, being the new Carbon Reduction Grant Program that awarded WCRC roughly $3.2 million for future roundabout projects. One roundabout project in this grant is the intersection of Huron River Drive, Mast Rd and Joy Rd. Other locations include Whittaker Rd/Martz Rd and Pontiac Trl/Dixboro Rd. Thank you to both Brent and Elena Yadykina for your continued efforts in securing funds for projects that have long been on our radar.

It looks like this weekend’s forecast is calling for more rain. Better than snow!

Stay warm & stay dry.