The operations department is responsible for the maintenance of roads, bridges, equipment and the buildings and grounds of the Ottawa County Road Commission at its four facilities in Grand Haven, Coopersville, North Holland and Hudsonville. In addition to the 424 miles of primary roads and 1255 miles of local roads, the Road Commission maintains approximately 507 lane miles of state trunklines under contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Under the direction of the Operations Superintendent there are 4 supervisors and 2 assistants. Maintenance of roads is performed by 66 employees whose primary duties consist of snow and ice removal, grading, gravel surfacing and asphalt patching of roadways, maintenance and replacement of culverts, roadside mowing and storm cleanup. During the construction season, maintenance work is supplemented by work on construction projects for townships and on primary roads in order to maintain a balance of the workload.
Under the direction of the Equipment Supervisor and his assistant, 14 mechanics service and maintain approximately 85 dump trucks, 18 pieces of heavy construction equipment such as graders, loaders, scrapers, and excavators, 27 mowing, sweeping and utility tractors and 70 automobiles and pickups.
Also under the direction of the Equipment Supervisor and his assistant, the four Road Commission facilities are maintained by four “shared time” employees, who are also utilized as necessary for snow and ice removal during winter storms.
Operation of the bascule bridge on US-31 in Grand Haven for the Michigan Department of Transportation is performed by a private contractor. Also a contractor supplies 5 drivers and trucks to assist during winter operations.