Washtenaw County Road Commission http://wemu.org en Washtenaw County Forms Roads Funding Committee http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-forms-roads-funding-committee <p>The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has created a Roads Funding Committee to study the county's options for paying for road repairs.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The county Board of Commissioners had earlier rejected a point-four-mil tax for road repairs. &nbsp;This week's&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">vote to create the Roads Funding Committee was just short of unanimous.&nbsp; Commissioner Conan Smith voted "no".</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:18:19 +0000 Bob Eccles 46933 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Forms Roads Funding Committee Stage 2 Of Ann Arbor-Saline Road Construction Begins Friday http://wemu.org/post/stage-2-ann-arbor-saline-road-construction-begins-friday <p>Driving around the Ann Arbor-Saline Road area can be like waiting for a slow train, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Washtenaw County Road Commission begins Stage 2 of its Ann Arbor-Saline Road Improvements project Friday.</p><p>Northbound lanes will be closed between the eastbound I-94 on ramp and Eisenhower Parkway.</p><p>The southbound lane closures at the Main Street intersection and the south side of Northbrook Drive and Oakbrook Drive will remain in effect.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:18:14 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 46871 at http://wemu.org Stage 2 Of Ann Arbor-Saline Road Construction Begins Friday Bike Group Gives $40,000 To Pave Part Of Huron River Drive http://wemu.org/post/bike-group-gives-40000-pave-part-huron-river-drive <p>One of Washtenaw County's worst roads is about to get a lot smoother, thanks to the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The group has donated $40,000 to help re-pave a half-mile stretch of Huron River Drive.</p><p>Washtenaw County Road Commission Managing Director Roy Townsend says the half-mile stretch will be closed and re-paved in August.</p><p>The project should take a week to complete.</p><p>Find out more about the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society online:</p><p><a href="http://www.aabts.org/">http://www.aabts.org/</a></p><p></p><p>And on Facebook:</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 23:52:49 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 46488 at http://wemu.org Bike Group Gives $40,000 To Pave Part Of Huron River Drive Washtenaw County Bridges Crumbling; Not Enough Money To Fix Them http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-bridges-crumbling-not-enough-money-fix-them <p>Washtenaw County's bridges are falling apart, and the Road Commission can't afford to fix them.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Commission's Managing Director Roy Townsend says around 70 of Washtenaw County's bridge are in need of repairs or other maintenance and another 30 have been labeled "structurally deficient."<br /><br />Townsend says it would cost the county more than $30 million to replace them.</p><p>The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is currently considering a 1 mill property tax to fund roadwork.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 23:46:11 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 46104 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Bridges Crumbling; Not Enough Money To Fix Them Washtenaw County Suspending Road Weight Restrictions http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-suspending-road-weight-restrictions <p>Washtenaw County is suspending the seasonal weight restrictions on its roads Thursday.</p><p></p><p>The limitations reduced the amount of weight a heavily loaded vehicle could carry by 35 percent per axle.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:15:14 +0000 Taylor Pinson 44788 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Suspending Road Weight Restrictions Ann Arbor-Saline Road Project To begin April 21st http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-saline-road-project-begin-april-21st <p>Stage 1 of the Ann Arbor-Saline Road improvement project will get underway two weeks from today. The Washtenaw County Road Commission will complete the project in three phases. In the first phase, the southbound lanes of Ann Arbor-Saline Road will be closed between Eisenhower Parkway and the I-94 exit ramp. &nbsp;The detours for this phase of the project will be as such:&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:43:12 +0000 David Fair 44007 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor-Saline Road Project To begin April 21st Cold Weather Delaying Start Of Ann Arbor-Saline Road Construction Project http://wemu.org/post/cold-weather-delaying-start-ann-arbor-saline-road-construction-project <p>The road construction project on Ann Arbor-Saline between Eisenhower and Oak Valley Drive that was expected to start next week won’t get going for another couple of weeks or so because the ground remains frozen.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 04:07:00 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43390 at http://wemu.org Cold Weather Delaying Start Of Ann Arbor-Saline Road Construction Project Road Conditions Won't Improve Soon, warns County Road Commission http://wemu.org/post/road-conditions-wont-improve-soon-warns-county-road-commission <p>The Washtenaw County Road Commission is warning that area roads will continue to be in rough shape for a while, as long as the weather continues to freeze and thaw.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Jim Harmon is the road commission's Director of Operations.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:49:53 +0000 Bob Eccles 43044 at http://wemu.org Road Conditions Won't Improve Soon, warns County Road Commission Ann Arbor Saline Road Project Coming Soon http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-saline-road-project-coming-soon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Potholes line roads throughout the area, but one particularly rough stretch will be the site of major improvements.&nbsp; &nbsp;Construction starts at the end of the month on the stretch of Ann Arbor Saline Road near I-94.</span></p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:31:55 +0000 Andrew Cluley 42452 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Saline Road Project Coming Soon Rain, Melting Snow Cause Flooding http://wemu.org/post/rain-melting-snow-cause-flooding <div>Rain and melting snow has caused widespread flooding across Washtenaw County. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>County Road Commission Operations Director Jim Harmon says crews worked hard Wednesday to clear storm drains, but as the rain fell and snow melted, those same drains clogged again.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Harmon says flooding is reported anywhere from a few inches to several feet. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He urges motorists to expect flooding, and not to try to drive through areas where you can't tell how deep the water is. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Harmon welcomes reports of flooding at 734-761-1500, and if residents can safely do so, trying to clear neighborhood storm drains would be a big help.</span></div><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:15:38 +0000 Bob Eccles 41837 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Road Salt Supplies Dwindling http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-road-salt-supplies-dwindling <div>Local supplies of rock salt are dwindling as the snow continues to fall in Washtenaw County.</div><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 00:10:21 +0000 Bob Eccles 41382 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Road Salt Supplies Dwindling Washtenaw County Road Commission ready to Do Battle with Mother Nature http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-road-commission-ready-do-battle-mother-nature <div>The Washtenaw County Road Commission stands ready to handle the heavy snow and wintry mix of sleet and ice forecast for Saturday and Saturday night.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Road commission Director of Operations Jim Harmon says crews will be ready to clear snow and salt roads beginning at 4:00am Saturday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Harmon says crews are prepared to work an 18-hour day Saturday, and to come back for more Sunday, if necessary.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Harmon advises anyone who doesn't absolutely have to be on the road Saturday to stay home. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 00:54:41 +0000 Bob Eccles 40953 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Road Commission spends 20 percent of its Budget on Storm Cleanup http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-road-commission-spends-20-percent-its-budget-storm-cleanup <p>The Washtenaw County Road Commission spent $565,000 - one fifth of its budget - to clear snow and maintain roads during the severe weather earlier this month.</p><p>Nearly 3000 tons of salt and sand were dumped onto roads, and plow crews and other road personnel worked non-stop for five days to make sure the roads remained clear.</p><p>Washtenaw County Road Commission DIrector of Operation Jim Harmon says costs generated so far this season will not affect services going forward. He says the cost of cleaning up from a storm of that size is not unusual.<br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:42:35 +0000 Bob Eccles 40509 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor-Saline Road to get Face-lift http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-saline-road-get-face-lift <p>Ann Arbor-Saline Road between Oak Valley Drive and Eisenhower Parkway is getting some much needed attention. WEMU&#39;s Bob Eccles has a look at the upcoming construction project.</p><p></p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 22:31:28 +0000 Bob Eccles 36068 at http://wemu.org Salem Township Residents Petition for Repairs to North Territorial http://wemu.org/post/salem-township-residents-petition-repairs-north-territorial <p>The conditions of one road in northern Washtenaw County has gotten so bad that hundreds of motorists have signed a petition asking for improvements.&nbsp; WEMU's Andrew Cluley has the details.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 27 May 2013 11:42:53 +0000 Andrew Cluley 29960 at http://wemu.org Salem Township Residents Petition for Repairs to North Territorial