All FAQ's

How do I get a street sign made for our private street?

To request the production of a street sign for a private street, please call the Permit Department at 616-242-6920.

If a tree falls in the traveled portion of the roadway designed for public travel; what do I do?

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.  

My car hit a pothole and incurred damage. How do I get reimbursed?

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 for public travel; (2) the Road Commission had notice of the defect; and (3) the Road Commission failed to take corrective measures relating to the defect within a reasonable amount of time.  This is a three-part requirement.  That is to say, each one of these factors must be established for liability to exist on the part of the Road Commission.  Therefore, KCRC typically does not reimburse for damage due to a pothole. 

If you believe that all three conditions have been met, and the pothole was on a road under Kent County Road Commission jurisdiction, please contact  KCRC’s Traffic and Safety Division at 616-242-6936.

My neighbors and I would like a traffic signal at an intersection. How can we petition for one?

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.  

What are seasonal weight and speed restrictions?

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.