Routine Maintenance

KCRC Routine Maintenance includes ongoing work completed on the roads, roadside and bridges to keep assets in good repair and functioning properly. These efforts help to prolong the life of a road or bridge by preventing premature deterioration.

Road Maintenance
  • Response to minor pavement defects caused by a combination of traffic and environmental effects. These activities can include crack sealing, pothole patching, and grading.

Roadside Maintenance
  • These activities are conducted outside of the road surface and include drainage work and ditching, culvert and guardrail repair, tree trimming and vegetation control.


Determining Priority of Routine Maintenance
KCRC maintains road and bridge assets in a state of good repair within the constraints of available financial resources in accordance with the following levels of priority:

  • Level One—Critical: Correct conditions that pose potential safety concerns
  • Level Two—High: Address conditions that could fail in the near future and, if left unattended, may pose a threat to public health and safety
  • Level Three—Preventive: Proactively repair assets to prolong their service life
Maintenance Prioritization
Michigan law emphasizes proper maintenance of roads and bridges, mandating that these assets be kept in “reasonably safe and efficient condition.”

Using this mandate as a basis for prioritizing service delivery and expenditures, KCRC operates with the following guidelines for routine and winter maintenance:

  • Prioritize routine maintenance work from the centerline of the road outward (i.e., maintenance issues related directly to the traveled portion of the road take precedence)
  • Prioitize serving the largest number of motorists as quickly as possible, balancing quality with quantity