Does KCRC remove dead animals from the road or side of the road?Routine Maintenance > Winter Mainenance >
Crews will remove large dead animals, like deer, from KCRC’s right-of-way. We will also remove smaller animals, like raccoons, from the drivable portion of the roadway. Our crews will make an effort to contact the owner of a domestic dead animal if identification can be determined. Please note that KCRC does NOT remove dead animals from yards/areas outside the right-of-way. To report…
How can I get KCRC to fix a pothole on my street?Routine Maintenance > Winter Mainenance >
Complete the online “Report an Issue” form or call KCRC at 616-242-6950.
How do I apply or hear of a job opening at KCRC?Employment >
KCRC job openings are publicized in local publications and posted to our website, Facebook page and Twitter feed. You may also sign up to receive notification when a job opening is posted.
How do I get a street sign made for our private street?Construction Engineering > Traffic & Safety >
To request the production of a street sign for a private street, please call the Permit Department at 616-242-6920.
How does KCRC decide what projects will be funded?Construction Engineering > Finance >
KCRC’s Strategic Plan outlines a blueprint for maintaining and preserving our road and bridge network. Projects for potential funding are considered based on this plan and in terms of pavement conditions, traffic patterns, public feedback, and how much money is available. Not all projects are eligible to receive federal aid funds and KCRC must balance the amount of money available…
How does KCRC respond to a winter storm?Winter Mainenance >
KCRC strives to complete winter operations across its network within 36 hours following the end of a snow storm. Our fleet is deployed to cover snowplow routes equating to over 5,300 lane miles of road. Day crews maintain all of the county and state snowplow routes, while evening crews maintain the snowplow routes with the highest volume/speeds – these include…
I applied last year for an open position. Do I have to submit another application?Employment >
Yes. Applications will receive active consideration for a period of 30 days. Thereafter, if not employed by KCRC, future employment opportunities require a new employment application.
I have an emergency; how do I get my road cleared immediately?Routine Maintenance > Winter Mainenance >
KCRC does not respond to special requests except through law enforcement and fire services. Residents experiencing an emergency situation should call 911. KCRC will respond as directed by law enforcement.
I want to plant some trees along the road. Is that ok?Construction Engineering >
Property owners may plant trees within the KCRC’s right-of-way and easements only after a permit has been issued by the Engineering Division. All trees planted must meet the specifications outlined in KCRC’s Tree Planting Policy.
If a tree falls in the traveled portion of the roadway designed for public travel; what do I do?Routine Maintenance > Traffic & Safety > Winter Mainenance >
Please call the KCRC office immediately at 616-242-6950. The fallen trees will be moved outside of the road right-of-way when possible. The relocated fallen tree will be left for the property owner’s use and/or disposal.
Is it legal to pass a snowplow?Winter Mainenance >
There are no state laws that prohibit passing a snowplow. However, the action can be extremely dangerous. Snowplows may be equipped with wing plow blades that can extend anywhere between 2 and 10 feet beyond the width of the truck. This wing plow blade can weigh as much as a compact car and is often not seen because of the snow…
Is it true that Michigan spends less on roads than any other state?Finance >
Yes. Michigan spends about $154 per capita in road investment. The next closest state is Ohio at about $214 per capita - this equates to Ohio spending $1 billion more on roads annually.
I’ve seen snowplows driving along during a storm with their plows raised. Why aren’t they plowing?Winter Mainenance >
There are a few possible reasons:
- Plows may be in operation to spread materials, or may be out of materials to spread and headed back to the garage to reload.
- The snowplow driver does not have the responsibility for the road he/she is currently on, and is heading elsewhere. Plow routes are designed to minimize travel in between service areas.
- The road…
My car hit a pothole and incurred damage. How do I get reimbursed?Routine Maintenance > Traffic & Safety > Winter Mainenance >
Potholes are an unfortunate consequence of Michigan weather, and KCRC seeks to fix potholes as soon as possible after we are notified.
Under Michigan law, the Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) is not liable for any damages caused by a roadway defect unless: (1) the defect constituted an imperfection that made the roadway not reasonably safe and convenient…
My neighbors and I would like a traffic signal at an intersection. How can we petition for one?Traffic & Safety >
The Michigan Manual of Uniform Traffic Control establishes a set of criterial, or warrants, to determine whether a traffic signal is required. Requests for traffic signals are reviewed, with the decision based on the state guidelines.
People are speeding on our road. How do I get the speed limit lowered?
When a request is received to lower the speed limit on a county road, it is reviewed collaboratively by the township, KCRC and the Michigan State Police. The potential next step includes conducting speed studies, accident analyses, and driving environment surveys. A recommendation is made based on analysis of the data collected and established traffic engineering criteria. If it is determined that…
Schools should have priority. Why haven’t you plowed in front of my child’s school?Winter Mainenance >
There are well over 300 schools in Kent County serving more than 120,000 students. Before families and buses can arrive on the school’s street, they must successfully navigate a route to get there. That is why our first priority must be to service the county’s main arteries – the state trunklines and primary roads –so that routes towards these destinations…
Sod on my property was damaged by a snow plow, what do I do?Winter Mainenance >
Despite best efforts, sod along the edge of the road occasionally may be damaged during snow removal activities. In general, KCRC will repair sod damaged by a snow plow or truck. Residents who experience sod damage are asked to contact the Road Commission by phone or email the Road Commission via Report an Issue.
We pay property tax. Why isn’t that enough to cover fixing our roads?Construction Engineering > Finance >
The property tax you pay is used for your local and county governmental units and schools, not for roads. Instead, the majority of the KCRC budget is funded by the Michigan Transportation Fund (MTF), which includes revenue from gas tax and vehicle registration fees. More regarding KCRC's funding sources is available here.
What are seasonal weight and speed restrictions?Construction Engineering > Traffic & Safety > Winter Mainenance >
Seasonal weight and speed restrictions are legal limits placed on the loads trucks may carry and the speed at which they can travel. The intent of the restrictions is to protect the integrity of the road when frost is coming out of the ground. Normal legal loads must be reduced by approximately 35% and truck vehicle speeds reduced to 35 mph.
What are the limitations of road salt?Winter Mainenance >
The effectiveness of salt is dependent upon pavement temperature of 15-20°F and above. When the pavement temperature drops below 15°F, the effectiveness of salt is decreased significantly, and KCRC will begin adding other chemicals such as calcium chloride or magnesium chloride to the salt to lower the melting point.
Wind conditions also play a role when deciding how to apply salt or…
What are “All Season” roads?Construction Engineering > Routine Maintenance > Winter Mainenance >
“All Season” roads are not subject to weight restrictions, which means that heavy-load trucks may drive on them all year. Non-all-season roads are subject to weight restrictions during the annual thaw period (late winter-early spring) to prevent damage to these roads. (When thawing occurs, ground beneath the roadbed can soften and make the surface susceptible to damage from heavy loads.)
What does “Weather Dependent” mean?Construction Engineering > Routine Maintenance >
Cold temperatures and wet/rainy weather affects the schedule of road work, not just day-to-day, but at times, hour to hour.
Much of the material used for pavement preservation treatments and resurfacing is weather and temperature dependent and therefore cannot be applied until conditions are warm and dry. When one job gets postponed, it impacts both KCRC and its contractors’ schedules. Working together, KCRC and its contractors…
What happens to trees that may impact a project improvement?Construction Engineering > Routine Maintenance >
KCRC takes a proactive approach to save or remove trees that are impacted by a road improvement project. Informational meetings are held for major improvement projects during which property owners can meet with KCRC representatives to discuss the upcoming project and the potential tree impact.
What is KCRC’s policy for mailbox damage?Routine Maintenance > Winter Mainenance >
KCRC investigates each complaint regarding a mailbox damaged during snow removal. If an inspection shows that the mailbox was hit by a plow or other KCRC equipment, KCRC will replace the mailbox. However, if damage was caused by thrown ice or snow coming off of the plow, mailbox repair is the responsibility of the property owner. Click the following for Read More