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Road crews have worked extra hard this month to keep roads clear of ice and snow, but the extensive salt use may be damaging Michigan's lakes and streams.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's Patrick Campion speaks to Ric Lawson, watershed planner for the Huron River Watershed Council, about how to remedy this situation.


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With a winter storm warning for Washtenaw County in effect, local road crews are planning for a long day of road clearing Friday and an even longer weekend of keeping them clear.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry spoke with Jim Harmon, the Washtenaw County Road Commission’s Director of Operations, about the road clearing challenges they’ve faced this winter.


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More warm weather is on the way for Washtenaw County, and that could be bad news for local roadways.


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It's the calm after the storm as far as local snowfall and treacherous driving is concerned.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry talks with the director of operations for the Washtenaw Road Commission about efforts to clear county roads.


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Southeast Michigan just had its first major snowstorm of the season, and Washtenaw County road crews have been working around the clock.  WEMU's David Fair talks to Washtenaw County Road Commission director Jim Harmon about the progress made on the current road conditions.


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As you can imagine, the Washtenaw County Road Commission is busy clearing snow from the roads to make this evening's and tomorrow morning's commute a smooth one. 
 


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Cold and snowy weather has made driving in the Washtenaw County area challenging.

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The Washtenaw County Road Commission is ramping up its efforts to educate the public on roundabouts.  


Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, and a millage is expected to be a main topic of discussion.

 


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Washtenaw County drivers will soon get have another roundabout to negotiate.  Its aim is to help improve safety on the road.


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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners voted against placing a road and non-motorized path millage on the August 2nd ballot.  


Construction Season Underway In Washtenaw County

Apr 11, 2016
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As temperatures rise, crews will be out on many of the region’s roads.

 


It's Pothole Season In Washtenaw County

Apr 8, 2016
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Spring not only brings plenty of rain, but also one of commuters' biggest pet peeves: potholes.

 

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Roundabouts are becoming a common sight along Washtenaw County's roads, but many people still struggle to use them.

New County Plow Truck
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With snow pummeling Washtenaw County, area roadways proved quite treacherous. As of 4:45 P.M., Washtenaw County saw anywhere from 4 to 6 inches of snow, with up to another 5 before the storm ends.


Road Closures In Washtenaw County Coming This Winter

Dec 28, 2015
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The Washtenaw County Road Commission is warning residents to avoid a few streets and bridges as we head into winter.  


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  Washtenaw County officials are advising against a new state road bill.


Coalition Demands Road Funding Solution

Nov 6, 2014
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With the elections over, attention is swinging back to an issue high on most motorists' list of concerns:  Michigan's crumbling roads.  More than 20 organizations across the state are banding together to demand Michigan legislators take action.

The Local Matters Coalition argues getting some sort of road maintenance measure passed during the lame duck session would allow major construction and repair work to start as early as next spring.

Saturday Is 'Shake Your Mailbox' Day

Oct 16, 2014
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Governor Rick Snyder and county road commissions across the state are asking Michigan residents to take some time Saturday giving their roadside mailboxes a shake.  "Shake Your Mailbox Day" is meant to help make sure mailboxes and their supports are ready for the harsh winter months.

Washtenaw County Road Commission Director of Operations Jim Harmon says it's a seasonal burden for property owners with mailboxes by the side of the road.

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Last winter's harsh weather forced communities across Michigan to use more salt and fill more potholes than is typically the case.  This left less money available for roadwork, and the problems are expected to linger.  


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The major headache that is the Ann Arbor-Saline road project is about to improve some. The project isn't over, but beginning Wednesday Phase III gets underway.


Washtenaw County Forms Roads Funding Committee

Jun 6, 2014
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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has created a Roads Funding Committee to study the county's options for paying for road repairs.

The county Board of Commissioners had earlier rejected a point-four-mil tax for road repairs.  This week's vote to create the Roads Funding Committee was just short of unanimous.  Commissioner Conan Smith voted "no".

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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.

The Washtenaw County Road Commission begins Stage 2 of its Ann Arbor-Saline Road Improvements project Friday.

Northbound lanes will be closed between the eastbound I-94 on ramp and Eisenhower Parkway.

The southbound lane closures at the Main Street intersection and the south side of Northbrook Drive and Oakbrook Drive will remain in effect.

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One of Washtenaw County's worst roads is about to get a lot smoother, thanks to the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

The group has donated $40,000 to help re-pave a half-mile stretch of Huron River Drive.

Washtenaw County Road Commission Managing Director Roy Townsend says the half-mile stretch will be closed and re-paved in August.

The project should take a week to complete.

Find out more about the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society online:

http://www.aabts.org/

And on Facebook:

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Washtenaw County's bridges are falling apart, and the Road Commission can't afford to fix them.

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."

Townsend says it would cost the county more than $30 million to replace them.

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is currently considering a 1 mill property tax to fund roadwork.

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