Under the guidance of the County Board of Road Commissioners, KCRC continually strives to improve outreach to the public we serve. One important component of this objective is to provide access to information. The Performance Dashboard, below, serves to underscore KCRC’s mission to enact accountability through transparency. The Kent County Road Commission Strategic Plan provides a comprehensive assessment of the organization and serves as the foundation of how KCRC works to ensure the safety of its network and what is needed to improve deteriorating assets.
Simply put, the Plan serves as a blueprint from which KCRC can define objectives, deliver services and develop improvement plans. In 2015, the Plan was honored by the County Road Association of Michigan with the IMPRESS Award for Excellence in Operations.
The Michigan Transportation Fund (MTF), which accounts for approximately 60% of KCRC’s revenue, is a statewide fund generated by the gasoline taxes and vehicle registration fees
(Chart 1). MTF revenue is closely tied to Michigan’s economic condition and has fluctuated considerably over the last 15 years. Since the great recession, MTF revenues have continued to increase, most signifcantly in FY2017 with the passing of the 2015 road funding package by the Michigan Legislature. The 2015 road funding package is expected to be fully-implemented in 2021, though current discussions in the Legislature may lead to a change in road funding. Such discussions include a reduction to the amount road commissions plan to receive in the next few years, as well as a possible addition from a higher gas tax.
KCRC contracts with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to maintain the state trunklines and right of way throughout Kent County, providing services such as snow removal, mowing, sweeping, and tree triming. Revenue from the State Trunkline Maintenance Contract has remained fairly consistent over recent years, though with increased labor and material costs, KCRC is using more of the provided budget on winter activities and less on non-winter activities.
KCRC continues to competitively procure federal and state grants for road and bridge preservation and improvements, and this source usually makes up approximately 15% of KCRC’s revenue. These dollars help KCRC complete projects it may not otherwise have the resources to complete on a regular basis.
Contributions from local governments are made up mostly of township contribution towards local road projects. KCRC’s partnership with its townships is one of the best in the state and their participation in road projects has continued to increase steadily over the last decade.
Because KCRC has nearly fully funded its pension and OPEB liabilities, the increased revenue KCRC receives is directly invested in road and bridge construction and preservation, as well as routine maintenance activities and necessary equipment purchases.
Encompassing nearly 2,000 miles of roads and 172 bridges throughout 21 townships, the KCRC network is diverse. Its corridors include both paved and gravel roadways, connecting agricultural and rural regions to highly-populated urban areas. Unlike many other counties in Michigan, all of KCRC’s primary roads are paved.
From 2005 to 2015, KCRC experienced a steady decline in its primary road condition ratings, due in large part to the reduction in services and road improvements caused by a combination of decreases in MTF revenue and increases in costs.
With the implementation of the new funding package, by 2021, KCRC plans to double its annual investment in primary road construction and preservation and expand the network’s number of all season roads. KCRC’s objective is to restore primary road condition ratings to 90% rated Good or Fair by 2025.
KCRC shares responsibility with Townships for the funding of construction and surface improvements on local roads. The 21 townships of Kent County cost-share with KCRC to fund local road improvements. Therefore, local road improvement strategies are tailored to meet the available resources and specific needs of each township.
The new transportation funding package will allow KCRC to increase investment in local roads.
As of 2017, 100% of KCRC’s 172 bridges are classified in good or fair condition.
Source: MiBRIDGE - Bridge Management and Inspection System
*Structural deficiency ratings are based on the National Bridge Inventory ratings scale. A highway bridge is classified as structurally deficient if the deck, superstructure, substructure, or culvert is rated in "poor" condition (0 to 4 on the NBI rating scale)
*Functionally obsolete means the design is outdated such as having narrow shoulders and low clearance underneath.
KCRC Network - Total Number Crashes and Crashes with Fatality or Serious Injury
Those interested in comparing road condition data among other agencies throughout the State of Michigan may visit the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC) The TAMC provides performance data for the 600+ Michigan Road Agencies who complete annual reporting requirements in accordance with Act 51.
Number of employees, job classification, wages and ranges.Download KCRC_PA51 wage rates_2019
Annual certification for compliance to Section 18j(1) of Public Act 51 of 1951, MCL 247.668j(1).Download Public Act 51_2019
Report provided in accordance with Public Act 202 of 2017.Download Local Government Retirement System Annual Report