Taking Care

TAKING CARE OF MICHIGAN ROADS

County road commissions and county road departments exist to maintain safe and efficient roads and bridges for the people of Michigan (P.A. 283, 1909).  County road agencies "own" 73 percent of Michigan's road miles, which means 90,000 miles of roads and 5,700 bridges.

In addition, county road agencies perform maintenance work under contract for the Michigan Department of Transportation in 63 counties.

Michigan has the fourth-largest system of local roads in the US!  And we're one of only about 20 states that must manage several freeze-thaw cycles per year and months of snow and ice.  That's important to remember when reviewing national statistics!

County road workers are government employees.  They're usually on the job by 7 a.m., and on-call 24/7 and 365 days a year as road conditions dictate.

They are public servants with a business attitude.