Why are weight restrictions placed on county roads each spring?
Seasonal weight restrictions are legal limits placed on the loads that trucks may carry. Roads thaw out from the top down each spring, and moisture is trapped on the surface. Heavy loads cause the deterioration of gravel and bituminous surfaces during this thawing period. During late winter and early spring when seasonal thawing occurs, the maximum allowable axle load and speed is reduced to prevent weather-related deterioration of roads.
How do I make a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request?
As a governmental agency, the Road Commission is required to comply with the Public Act 442 of 1976, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
If you are interested in obtaining documents that fall within the requirements of the FOIA, you may submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in writing to the Ottawa County Road Commission, 14110 Lakeshore Drive, Grand Haven, Michigan 49417, Attention: FOIA Coordinator.
Please be advised that upon receipt of a FOIA request, the Road Commission has five business days in which to respond (six business days if received via fax or email), in accordance with the Act, and the requesting party will be charged for research time and copies of any documents requested. If an extension of time is necessary in order to fulfill a FOIA request, the Road Commission will notify the requesting party in writing, at which time an additional ten business days will be permitted to the agency, in accordance with the Act.
When is a permit required for work within the right-of-way?
In accordance with Act 200 of the Public Acts of 1969, any activity or use of county road right-of-way other than for highway travel purposes does require a permit from the Road Commission.
A permit is required from the Road Commission for any and all work being conducted within the road right-of-way whether it is by a contractor or a property owner.
Some examples of work that typically require a permit are:
- Adding or improving a driveway approach
- Adding, improving, or maintaining a public or private utility
- Adding or improving a sidewalk or non-motorized path
- Adding storm water to or improving a roadside drainage system
- Surveying and other engineering operations
- Placing a banner, decoration, or similar object
- Closing a section of road for a parade, celebration, festival, demonstration, or similar activity
- Grading or excavation, landscaping, tree planting, tree trimming or tree removal
- Any construction activity that impacts storm water runoff into or around county road right-of-way
- Standard mailboxes are allowed without a permit in the road right-of-way.
How do I request a road abandonment?
The procedures for requesting a Road Abandonment Request Process and Form can be downloaded.