October’s Roads in Review Newsletter

By October 6, 2020Articles

It is difficult to know what the rest of 2020 has in store for us, but whatever happens, we at the Washtenaw County Road Commission will continue to serve you.

As fall weather settles in, we are busy wrapping up our construction season and preparing for winter. Our lobby remains open by-appointment only and we continue to offer many services, including permitting, electronically. Check out the stories below to learn more.

As always, we hope you have a safe fall and winter.

photo of fog seal 2020
photo of 2021 millage project

County-Wide Millage: Thank you!

On August 4, Washtenaw County voters overwhelmingly renewed the Four-Year Roads and Non-Motorized Millage. Thank you for your support!!

The first projects will begin next spring. WCRC plans to improve/preserve more than 67 miles of road in 2021 with millage funds, including the projects shown below.

Click here to learn more about the millage.

Wrapping Up Another Construction Season

Although this year has been unusual for sure, we’ve had an incredibly productive construction season. Once we finish our planned 2020 work, we will have completed:

  • 110 miles preserved through our annual seal coat program. This year, we added fog seal with great results.
  • 3 new single-lane roundabouts in Pittsfield, Salem and Scio Townships
  • 28 miles of paved road resurfaced through our Federal Aid and county millage programs
  • 30 miles of unpaved roads resurfaced with gravel or limestone
  • 6 bridges and large culverts replaced

We would not have been able to accomplish all this great work without the financial partnership of Washtenaw County’s 20 townships and the county-wide roads millage. Thank you!

photos summarizing the 2020 construction season
graphic asking to keep private signs out of ROW

Keep Signs Out of the ROW

Unfortunately, we are already seeing political signs popping up along the road ahead of the November election.

Private signs should not be placed in the road right-of-way. These unauthorized signs can become safety hazards by:

  • Blocking sight distance at public road intersections
  • Distracting drivers from seeing important safety signs like a stop sign
  • Becoming projectiles if accidentally run over by a mower or other roadside maintenance equipment

While we do not have the resources to remove every unauthorized sign from the road right-of-way, we prioritize removing signs that are a safety hazard, are attached to road signs or are in the way of upcoming maintenance.

Click here to learn more.

Winter Is Coming

Now is good time to get ready for winter – dust off those shovels, find where you stored your sidewalk salt and prep your snow blower.

Here at WCRC, we are doing the same. Road salt was delivered to all our districts last month and we’re busy converting our dump trucks back to snow plows. Our drivers are practicing their snow routes and checking over all their equipment.

Questions about the services we provide in the winter? Click here to read our winter FAQs.

We’re Hiring: Become a Road Warrior

Are you or a loved one looking for a new career? Join our team of winter warriors as a full-time heavy truck driver.

Interested candidates must have at least a year of experience operating machinery/equipment and must have a valid CDL-A with an “N” tank endorsement. Position comes with full benefits including a pension.

Click here to learn more.

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