Northfield Township

WCRC staff produced the 2024 Northfield Township Local Road Funding Packet which includes information about the Local Road Matching Program, road funding, asset management and road treatments. Below is a summary of the roads, bridges and culverts located in Northfield Township.

Primary Roads  

  • 25.81 miles of paved primary roads  
  • 4.64 miles unpaved primary roads 
  • 1 bridge (more than 20’ span) 
  • 8 culverts, greater than 5’ in diameter 

Local Roads  

  • 11.45 miles of local paved roads 
  • 47.33 miles of local unpaved roads 
  • 2 bridges (more than 20’ span) 
  • 8 culverts on local collector roads, greater than 5’ in diameter 

WCRC has also provided a link to the township website, see button below.

Township Website

Latest Updates

April 16, 2024 Project Update #3: Joy Rd Unpaved Road Improvements (Ann Arbor & Northfield Twps)

Our Unpaved Road Improvement project on Joy Rd between Whitmore Lake Rd and Earhart Rd in Ann Arbor & Northfield Townships is moving along.  

Last week, our crews were able to complete the necessary drainage and forestry operations. This week, our crews will begin spreading new limestone throughout the project limits. During the limestone spreading, Joy Rd will continue to be closed during daytime hours to through traffic. Access will continue to be maintained for residents who work or live within the project limits, but please be aware of the limestone piles and potential equipment in the roadway.  

Have questions about the project? Contact Kenneth Harris, Superintendent of Maintenance, at (734) 327-6696 or via email at harrisk@wcroads.org. 

Pictured is the drainage work our crews completed on Joy Rd between Whitmore Lake Rd and Earhart Rd in Ann Arbor & Northfield Townships.
April 2, 2024 Project Update #2: Joy Rd Unpaved Road Improvements (Ann Arbor & Northfield Twps)

Our unpaved road improvement project on Joy Rd between Whitmore Lake Rd and Earhart Rd in Ann Arbor & Northfield Townships is going well!  

Over the past few weeks, our crews were able to replace four culverts and  perform forestry operations and drainage improvements throughout the project limits. These operations will continue for the next few weeks. The final step is performing the stone haul. Hauling and spreading the new limestone will occur during the month of April. During the stone haul, Joy Rd will continue to stay closed during daytime hours while our crews resurface the roadway. Access will continue to be maintained for emergency services, school buses and any residents who live or work within the project limits. 

The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) will continue to send out updates as the project progresses. Have questions about the project? Contact Ken Harris, Superintendent of Maintenance, at (734) 327-6696, or via email at harrisk@wcroads.org. 

Pictured above are the drainage improvements our crews have been performing on Joy Rd between Whitmore Lake Rd and Earhart Rd in Ann Arbor & Northfield Townships.  
March 28, 2024 Daytime Road Closure: Joy Rd (Ann Arbor & Northfield Twps)

WHEN: Monday, March 18, 2024

WHERE: Joy Rd between Whitmore Lake Rd and Earhart Rd in Ann Arbor & Northfield Townships

WHY: Unpaved road improvements

BACKGROUND: On Monday, March 18, 2024, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) closed Joy Rd between Whitmore Lake Rd and Earhart Rd in Ann Arbor & Northfield Townships during daytime hours to perform unpaved road improvements.

The road will re-open at the end of each workday and remain open until work resumes the following morning. Access will be maintained for emergency services, school buses and any residents who live or work within the project limits.

The road improvements are expected to take approximately six weeks. However, all dates are tentative and subject to change due to weather conditions.

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Ken Harris, Superintendent of Maintenance, (734) 327-6696, or via email at harrisk@wcroads.org

ISSUE DATE: 03/28/24

March 19, 2024 Virtual Public Meeting: 2024 Resurfacing Program (County-wide)

PROJECT: 2024 County-wide Resurfacing Program

WHEN: Thursday, April 4, 2024, at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Online: https://bit.ly/wcrcprojectmeeting

By Touchtone Phone: (929) 205-6099, Meeting ID: 879 2332 8754

WHY: The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) will hold a virtual project information meeting regarding the planned County-wide Resurfacing Program taking place during the 2024 construction season.

During construction, traffic will be maintained under lane restrictions and flagging operations. During specific construction activities, the road may be closed, and a detour will be posted. WCRC estimates it will take approximately two/three weeks, on average, to complete each project, weather pending.

The virtual public meeting will be held via Zoom Thursday, April 4, 2024, at 11 a.m. There will be a brief presentation followed by time for questions from the audience. A recording of the meeting will be posted to the project web page after the meeting.

Click here to learn more about joining the virtual meeting.

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact Mike Bernbeck, Project Manager, at (734) 327-6654, or via email at bernbeckm@wcroads.org.

WCRC will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services, such as signers for the hearing impaired and audiotapes or printed material being presented at the meeting, to individuals with disabilities upon a 5-business day notice. Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact Tiffany Oliphant, communications manager, by phone (734) 327-6646 or by email oliphantt@wcroads.org.

ISSUE DATE: 03/19/24

March 15, 2024 Project Update #1: Joy Rd Unpaved Road Improvements (Ann Arbor & Northfield Twps)

During the 2024 construction season, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) plans to implement unpaved road improvements on Joy Rd between Whitmore Lake Rd and Earhart Rd in Ann Arbor & Northfield Townships. During these improvements, Joy Rd will be closed during daytime hours. Access will be maintained for emergency services, school buses, and any residents who live or work within the project limits.

Thank you to those who were able to attend our virtual public information meeting on Friday, March 15, 2024. If you weren’t able to join us, click here to watch the meeting recording or check out the slide show. Next week, WCRC crews will begin canopy trimming and drainage work on Joy Rd in Ann Arbor & Northfield Townships. WCRC will send out updates as the project progresses.

Questions about the project? Contact Ken Harris, Superintendent of Maintenance, at (734) 327-6696, or via email at harrisk@wcroads.org.

Pictured above is the project limits of the unpaved road improvements that will be implemented to Joy Rd between Whitmore Lake Rd and Earhart Rd in Ann Arbor & Northfield Townships.
March 15, 2024 Project Announcement: 2024 Resurfacing Program (County-wide)

The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) is announcing plans to invest $6.7 million to improve approximately 20 lane miles of pavement throughout Washtenaw County during the 2024 construction season. Cadillac Asphalt was awarded the contract. The projects are funded through the 2021-2024 Four-year County-wide Roads and Non-Motorized Millage, federal funds and Michigan Transportation Funds (MTF).

“Most of these investments are made possible by Washtenaw County residents who travel on these roads every day. As stewards of these precious dollars, WCRC is committed to ensuring these resources are reinvested into communities, in which it came from,” said Mike Bernbeck, WCRC Project Manager.

Construction will begin mid-April and will end during the fall of 2024, weather pending. Listed below are the project locations with a link to their project web page, funding cost and traffic impacts:

Motorists will experience road closures with detours, lane restrictions, and flagging operations. WCRC will maintain access for residents who live or work within the project limits during construction.

WCRC will host a virtual public information meeting regarding the County-wide Resurfacing projects in Spring 2024. WCRC will post project updates online at wcroads.org. Residents can subscribe to road work advisories and project updates here.

For specific questions on this project, contact Mike Bernbeck, Project Manager, (734) 327-6654 or bernbeckm@wcroads.org.

Pictured is a map of our 2024 County-wide Resurfacing Program.

March 11, 2024 Virtual Public Meeting: Joy Rd Unpaved Road Improvements (Ann Arbor & Northfield Twps)

PROJECT: Joy Rd Improvement Project

WHEN: Friday, March 15, 2024, at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Online: https://bit.ly/wcrcprojectmeeting

By Touchtone Phone: (929) 205-6099, Meeting ID: 879 2332 8754

WHY: The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) will hold a virtual project information meeting regarding the planned unpaved road improvements on Joy Rd between Whitmore Lake Rd and Earhart Rd in Ann Arbor & Northfield Townships.

During construction, Joy Rd will be closed during daytime hours. The closure is expected to be in place for approximately 6 weeks nonconsecutively, pending weather conditions.

The virtual public meeting will be held via Zoom on Friday, March 15, 2024, at 11 a.m. There will be a brief presentation followed by time for questions from the audience. A recording of the meeting will be posted to the project web page after the meeting.

Click here to learn more about joining the virtual meeting.

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact Kenneth H. Harris, Superintendent of Maintenance, (734) 327-6696, or via email at harrisk@wcroads.org.

WCRC will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services, such as signers for the hearing impaired and audiotapes or printed material being presented at the meeting, to individuals with disabilities upon a 5-business day notice. Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact Tiffany Oliphant, communications manager, by phone (734) 327-6646 or by email oliphantt@wcroads.org.

ISSUE DATE: 03/11/24

March 7, 2024 Lane Restrictions: Spencer Rd (Northfield Twp)

WHEN: Friday, March 8, 2024

WHERE: Spencer Rd between N. Territorial Rd and 5 Mile Rd in Northfield Township

WHY: Drainage work

BACKGROUND: On Friday, March 8, 2024, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) will continue drainage work on Spencer Rd between N. Territorial Rd and 5 Mile Rd in Northfield Township.

The road will not be closed to traffic, but delays are likely due to lane restrictions. WCRC encourages motorists, emergency services and others to use an alternate route.

The drainage work is expected to take approximately one day. However, all dates are tentative and subject to change due to weather conditions.

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Ken Harris, Superintendent of Maintenance, (734) 327-6696, or via email at harrisk@wcroads.org

ISSUE DATE: 03/07/24

March 4, 2024 Daytime Road Closure: Spencer Rd (Northfield Twp)

WHEN: Wednesday, March 6, 2024

WHERE: Spencer Rd between N. Territorial Rd and 5 Mile Rd in Northfield Township

WHY: Culvert replacement

BACKGROUND: On Wednesday, March 6, 2024, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) will close Spencer Rd between N. Territorial Rd and 5 Mile Rd in Northfield Township during daytime hours to replace a crossroad culvert.

The road will re-open at the end of each day until work resumes the following morning.

The roadwork is expected to take approximately two days. However, all dates are tentative and subject to change due to weather conditions.

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Ken Harris, Superintendent of Maintenance, (734) 327-6696, or via email at harrisk@wcroads.org

ISSUE DATE: 03/04/24

February 16, 2024 Project Announcement: Joy Rd Improvements (Ann Arbor, Northfield Twps)

The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) plans to improve the unpaved portion of Joy Rd between Whitmore Lake Rd and Earhart Rd in Ann Arbor & Northfield Townships.   

In preparation for the limestone resurfacing project, WCRC crews will begin forestry work and drainage improvements in Spring 2024. The estimated cost of the three-mile project is $600,000, thanks to the Four-Year Roads and Non-Motorized Millage, renewed by Washtenaw County voters in 2020.  

“Local road projects of this magnitude take funding and partnerships,” says Kenneth Harris, WCRC Superintendent of Maintenance. “These long-awaited improvements will have lasting impacts for the traveling public.”  

During the unpaved road improvement project, drivers can expect daytime road closures, lane closures and/or lane restrictions. Completion of the project will be contingent upon the weather. WCRC crews will perform all the road improvements. 

WCRC will alert the public with construction updates on the WCRC website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. Sign up for WCRC project updates: wcroads.org/residents/subscribe-to-road-updates/  

For specific questions regarding this project, please contact Kenneth Harris, Superintendent of Maintenance, at (734) 327-6696, or via email at harrisk@wcroads.org. 

Pictured is the section of Joy Rd that will be improved between Whitmore Lake Rd and Earhart Rd in Ann Arbor & Northfield Townships.
February 9, 2024 Daytime Road Closure – Cancelled: Joy Rd (Ann Arbor & Northfield Twps)

WHEN: Monday, February 12, 2024 (Cancelled)

WHERE: Joy Rd between Whitmore Lake Rd and Earhart Rd in Ann Arbor and Northfield Townships

WHY: Forestry work cancelled

BACKGROUND: The forestry work scheduled for Monday, February 12, 2024, on Joy Rd between Whitmore Lake Rd and Earhart Rd in Ann Arbor and Northfield Townships by the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC), will be rescheduled to a later date. WCRC will post updates as the project progresses.

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Ken Harris, Superintendent of Maintenance, (734) 327-6696, or via email at harrisk@wcroads.org

ISSUE DATE: 02/09/24