2011-05-12 / Editorial

Several large projects on tap for RCRC

Guest Opinion
By Tim O’Rourke Manager Roscommon County Road Commission

Well, winter is finally behind us (we hope) and the Roscommon County Road Commission is busy gearing up for what should be a very productive 2011 construction season. Winter has left us over budget by about $130,000, most of that due to the late year storms. We have taken a look at our proposed project list for 2011 and with some modifications we should be able to get back onto the balanced budget path.

Several large projects will be the cornerstone to our road improvements this year.

1.) County Road 300 (Yeager Read) will be resurfaced in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Transportation M-55 Project west of US-127. It will be used as the detour route when M-55 is closed for about two months beginning around June 20th. Total costs of all improvements on Co. Rd. 300 are approximately $415,000 and are funded by MDOT. Guardrail improvements are also scheduled. RCRC forces will be doing some culvert upgrades from about May 16th to June 10th.

2.) Old 76 from Artesia Beach Road south to Old M-55 will be milled and resurfaced starting this week. RCRC forces will be lengthening the turn lane just south of Artesia Beach Road first and then the contractor will begin their portion of the work. Resurfacing should be complete prior to Memorial Day and final work shortly thereafter.

Total estimated cost is $185,000 with 80% coming from federal aid sharing.

3.) County Road 100 from County Road 300 to County Road 104 will be resurfaced as well. Tentatively, the schedule calls for asphalt wedging and a new chip seal surface to be placed in mid-July through early-August. The project is being bid on June 6th with an estimated cost of $265,000.

4.) County Road 401 (Iroquois/Houghtonview) will be resurfaced in its entirety. The job includes repairs to the existing pavement in multiple locations, the widening of the off-lake shoulder with asphalt pavement and the total resurfacing of the roadway with an ultra-thin pavement. RCRC forces will complete multiple drainage improvements prior to the contractors work. Total estimated cost for the project is $505,000 with $375,000 coming from Federal Urban Aid funds. We will be holding a pre-construction public hearing in June, prior to beginning work. Construction is scheduled to begin on Aug. 1st and completion by Oct. 14th. No work will be allowed during holiday weekends.

5.) County Road 107 (Roscommon Road) at the Lake James culvert is scheduled for some safety upgrades as well. Guardrail installation and repaving is scheduled for mid-June to mid- July completion. Total estimated cost is $41,000 with 80% of the funding coming from federal aid safety sources.

6.) We have several other projects scheduled on the primary road system as well. They include the replacement of the culvert on County Road 106 (Steele Road), edge-wedging on County Road 303 from M-55 to County Road 300, crack sealing and Dura-Patching on over 35 miles at various locations county-wide.

We are also partnering with local township governments to perform multiple projects totaling in excess of $600,000. These projects include drainage improvements, crack sealing, asphalt overlays, Dura-Patching and gravel grade improvements. By teaming up together and using the principles of asset management in creating long range plans, we have successfully improved the overall rating of our road system. This all in the face of ever decreasing funding levels and increasing costs for everything we use and purchase. I’m extremely happy to say that in this regard your road commission is a leader in the state.

Please take care this summer to slow down and give our crews some extra room when traveling through the construction zones. Our employees work very hard to give you quality service and a good road system. We want everyone to get home safely to their families each and every day.

For a complete list of the 2011 approved projects please visit our web site at www.roscommoncrc.com.

Mr. O’Rourke can be reached at 366-0333.

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