The online service request form is easy to use. Simply provide your name, email, telephone number, address, township, and the type of service requested with an approximate location. The Road Commission has received thousands of electronic requests.
Most of the requests are for pothole repair, but other maintenance items such as washouts, ditching, and tree removals are submitted as well. Traffic concerns and traffic control inquiries are also submitted on this form.
The online requests are opened each business day and then given to the appropriate department for a field review. Usually within a few days a response is given to the requestor or the service has been performed.
The direct link to the online service request form.
Animal control authorities and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDRE) have both stated they have no authority on the issue. Citizens usually call the local road agency to pick up the dead animals. While most road agencies will not dispose of the dead animals, they will move the carcasses that pose a hazard to motorists off the traveled portion of the road.
Over the years, the Road Commission has picked up and disposed of dead animals as a courtesy service for the public. However, costs and budget constraints have limited this service to just one day a week, and only dead deer or other large animals will be picked up.
State regulations regarding the disposal of dead animals can be very confusing. The Road Commission brings dead animals to a local land fill for disposal. The costs to pick up and dispose of dead deer have ranged from $7,500 to $15,000 per year.
The Road Commission also picks up dead deer along the state highways under the MDOT maintenance contract.
Roads not constructed to “All-Season” standards are subject to a reduction in allowable loading and speeds during the period each spring when thawing of the ground below the road softens the roadbed and makes the surface susceptible to damage from heavy loads.
As a general rule, primary roads are constructed to all-season loading standards. However, there are a few primary roads that require reduced loading during Seasonal Weight Restrictions. All residential subdivision streets, most local roads, and all gravel surfaced roads in Ottawa County are subject to a 25 percent reduction in allowable loading when Seasonal Weight Restrictions are in effect.
Seasonal Weight Restrictions are very important for the longevity of roads. The Road Commission employs 2 weighmasters for enforcement of Seasonal Weight Restrictions on county roads.
For more information on Seasonal Weight Restrictions in Ottawa County and throughout Michigan, visit Michigan County Roads.
Please do not call your local police agency for road conditions during a storm because they need to keep their phone lines open for emergencies.
The Road Commission would like to encourage all drivers to use all available information when making winter travel plans. Even the latest, most accurate information is not a substitute for good judgment. If weather conditions appear to be too severe to travel, they most likely are.
The width of the county road right-of-way can vary a great deal. However, the general rule of thumb is that the road right-of-way is 66 feet wide, approximately 33 feet on both sides of the center of the road.
There are instances where the road centerline does not match the center of the road right-of-way. It is advisable to utilize a surveying or engineering firm to determine the actual width and location of the road right-of-way.
Road right-of-way is and has been established by several processes, the most common are:
- Statutory – The McNitt Act and other legislation established or transferred easements for road and public utility use.
- Deeded – Deeds are recorded documents that transfer property in fee, interest, or provide easement rights.
- Plat Dedication – Plats are maps recorded by the State to establish right-of-way and lots within a subdivision.
- 10 Year Period of Use – A right-of-way is established if there has been some type of public use or maintenance within a ten year period.
Instead, the Road Commission receives revenues from the State of Michigan through Public Act 51 of 1951 which guides the State in the collection and disbursement of the fuel tax, vehicle registration, and vehicle weight taxes that are to be deposited in the Michigan Transportation Fund (MTF). The funds the Road Commission receives from the MTF are primarily utilized to maintain the county certified road system.
Over the past few years the disbursements the Road Commission received from the MTF formula averaged under 16 million dollars per year. However, the amount of revenue for 2013 was budgeted at 16.4 million dollars as it was anticipated there would be an increase in the MTF Revenues.
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The roadside face of the mailbox shall be offset 8 inches from the outside edge of the road shoulder. On curbed streets, the roadside face of the mailbox shall be set back 8 inches from the face of the curb. On residential streets without curbs, or on all-weather shoulders which carry low-traffic volumes and which operate at low speeds, the roadside face of a mailbox shall be offset 24 inches behind the edge of the pavement. Where guardrail is present the mailbox shall be placed behind the guardrail with the face of the box even with the back of the rail. Where a mailbox is located at an intersecting road, it shall be located a minimum of 100 feet from the intersection.
Mailboxes shall be constructed of sheet metal, plastic or similar weight materials, with weight not to exceed 11 lbs. No more than two mailboxes may be mounted on a support structure unless the support structure and mailbox arrangement meet American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Standards. However, lightweight newspaper boxes may be mounted below the mailbox on the side of the mailbox support or on a separate post alongside. A single 4-inch x 4-inch or 4-1/2-inch diameter wooden post or a metal post with strength no greater than a 2-inch diameter standard strength steel pipe and embedded no more than 24 inches into the ground will be acceptable as a mailbox support. Mailbox supports shall not be fitted with an anchor plate (metal post) nor shall they be set in concrete. The post-to-box attachment details should be of sufficient strength to prevent the box from separating from the top post if the installation is struck by a vehicle.
Any mailbox that is in violation of these regulations shall be immediately removed by the owner upon notification by the road commission. If the owner has not removed the mailbox, the road commission, in accordance with M.S.A. 9.251, will issue the owner an Encroachment Removal Order, whereupon the owner will be granted 30 days to remove the unacceptable mailbox. Thereafter, the mailbox will be removed by the Road Commission at the owner’s expense.
- PASER Road Ratings
- Traffic Volumes
- Capacity and Congestion Issues
- Accident History
- Maintenance Problems
- Funding Sources
Each year the Road Commission gathers input from local governmental officials, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO), and the general public to determine improvement needs and develop a 6-year Strategic Improvement Plan.
Improvement needs not included in the Strategic Improvement Plan are typically addressed through the recurring, day-to-day maintenance activities by the Road Commission.
Since 100% of the costs associated with resurfacing or other surface treatments applied to Subdivision Streets have been paid by the Townships and/or residents, the Township’s determine which Subdivision Streets are selected.
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.