The Road Commission’s primary responsibility is to provide reasonably safe roads through construction and maintenance activities.
State Law – Public Act 51 – specifically states that cities, villages, County Road Commissions and the Michigan Department of Transportation have jurisdiction over roads. That means those government agencies are responsible for building and maintaining the roads within their jurisdictions. They also carry the legal liability for those roads.
The Road Commission works hard to maintain the roads within our jurisdiction – and although drivers don’t always know who is responsible for the roads they drive on, they can be assured that Road Commission is providing the best service possible.
The Road Commission regularly meets with the townships and Ottawa County to help determine maintenance and construction priorities. Construction and maintenance projects are planned and coordinated with active input from county and township officials and residents.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) contracts the Road Commission to maintain the state roads within the county. Although the Road Commission does the work, we operate under the specifications and direction of MDOT.