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September 9th Board Meeting has been rescheduled to September 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm 

NOTICE is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of Act 267, Public Acts of Michigan 1976, that the REGULAR meetings of the BOARD OF COUNTY ROAD COMMISSIONERS OF THE COUNTY OF ST. CLAIR and the BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS OF THE COUNTY OF ST. CLAIR scheduled for Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm have been RESCHEDULED to Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

The official minutes of meetings are stored and available for inspection at the St. Clair County Road Commission's Central  Service Center, 21 Airport Drive, St. Clair. 


Applications now being accepted for Engineering staff.  

The St. Clair County Road Commission is currently accepting applications for Engineering positions.  Applications and resumes' will be accepted through September 15, 2014. 


Shea Road Reconstruction Opening Ceremony  

The Shea Road Reconstruction Project Opening Ceremony was held on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 10:30 am.  

Pictured left to right:  Phil Pavlov (Senator for the 25th District), Tim LaLonde (Road Commissioners), Bob McCoy (Ira Township Supervisor), Kelly Fiscelli (Cottrellville Township  Supervisor), Dan Lauwers (State Representative District 81), Andrea LaFontaine (State Representatiave District 32), Kirk Weston (Road Commission Managing Director)

 


Mailboxes Casualties  

St. Clair County Road Commission's Mailbox Policy

St. Clair County Road Commission's Mailbox Brochure 


Bridge Posting 

Bridge Hessen Road Bridge Culvert
Road Name: Hessen Road
Between: Marine City Highway & Springborn
Township: Casco
Date Posted: July 24, 2014
Description: This section of Hessen Road will be closed to all through traffic 7/28/14 at 7:30AM until further notice to replace a bridge culvert.

 

Bridge: Capac Road Bridge over Belle River
Township: Berlin
Road: Capac Road
Between: over Belle River
Description: The St. Clair County Road Commission will be rehabilitating the Capac Road Bridge over the Belle River.  Currently, the tentative start date is July 28, 2014, with construction completion in late October.  All scheduling and project dates are subject to change depending on weather and the contractor's schedule.

The work will include removing the entire bridge deck and portions of the foundation of the Capac Road Bridge.  The bridge foundation will then be rehabilitated and the bridge deck reconstructed.  The bridge approach roadway will be reconstructed.  All work will be confined to the existing right-of-ways.

Capac Road will be reduced to one lane of traffic at the bridge site between Hunt Road and Terry Road during construction.  Local residents are encouraged to plan for delays due to construction.  We request your cooperation and patience.

This project is financed by the St. Clair County Road Commission, the State of Michigan and the Federal Highway Administration at a total estimate cost for construction of $1,273,205.48.  

The prime contractor is Z Contractors, Inc.

 

County: St. Clair
Highway: I-94/I-69
City: Port Huron
Estimated Start Date: Mid- to late July 2014
Project Details As part of the Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) project to rebuild the I-94/I-69 interchange, I-94 and I-69 will need to be closed at times during the last two weeks of July and throughout August in order to put steel bridge beams into place.  Motorists should expect overnight closures, with other limited, short-duration closures occurring at various times of the day as well.  Portable message signs will be in place to alert motorists well in advance of these closures.

The first closure will occur on westbound I-69 Business Loop (BL) to westbound I-94 from 7pm to 6am nightly from Tuesday, July 22, through Thursday, July 24.

The second closure will occur on eastbound and westbound I-94/I_69 and on westbound I-69 BL to westbound I-94 from 8m to 6am nightly Friday, July 25, and Saturday, July 26.

Traffic Impact: Westbound I-94 traffic will be detoured via westbound I-69, Wadhams road, and eastbound I-69.

Eastbound I-94 traffic will be diverted to I-94 BL (Gratiot Avenue), which leads through Marysville and into Port Huron and the Blue Water Bridge.

Motorists are encouraged to follow www.michigan.gov/drive and www.twittter.com/MDOT_BWB for up-to-date lane closure info.

 

Bridge: 8-17P
Township: Columbus
Road: Gratiot Road
Between: over Richmond/Columbus Drain (8-17P) 
Description: Due to advancing steel reinforcement deterioration the following structure's maximum load rating has been decreased

Gratiot Road over Richmond-Columbus Drain (8-17P) in Columbus Township.

Previous Posting

NONE

NEW Posting

Current structure capacity is:

22 ton - Single
41 ton - Double
53 ton - Triple

  Road Closures 

Title: Dove Road Reopening
Road Name: Dove Road
Between: 1/4 mile east to 1/4 mile west of Michigan Road
Township: Port Huron
Date Posted: August 26, 2014
Description: Resurfacing work on Dove Road, 1/4 mile east to 1/4 mile west of Michigan Road is almost complete. 

Businesses, local residents and emergency vehicles will continue to have access to local properties throughout the entire project.  We request your continued cooperation and patience.

Construction is scheduled to be completed by August 29, 2014.

This project is financed by the St. Clair County Road Commission and the State of Michigan Office of Economic Development at a total estimated cost for construction of $678,000.

The prime contractor is Ajax Paving Industries.

 

Title: Vernier Road Realignment
Road Name: Vernier Road
Between: Ira Road and M-29
Township: Ira
Date Posted: August 21, 2014
Description: Realignment and reconstruction of Vernier Road, between Ira Road and M-29, is scheduled to begin on August 25, 2014.  

Work will include removing the existing bridge over Swan Creek, which is currently closed to traffic, and then realigning Vernier Road to connect Ira Road to M-29.  A replacement structure over Swan Creek is not proposed.  Reconstruction of Vernier Road will include concrete curb and gutter with asphalt pavement, storm sewer, and restoration.

The project will begin with the removal of the bridge.   This work will be completed under a shoulder closures of M-29, while the remainder of Vernier Road will continue to be open to traffic.  Removal and restoration of the bridge site should be completed mid September.

Reconstruction of Vernier Road will follow completion of the bridge removal.  The contractor will close Vernier Road to thru traffic, while maintaining access to homes within the closure limits.  The detour includes Ira Road, Swan Creek Road and M-29.

Residents and emergency vehicles will have access to local properties within the closure limits throughout the entire project.  Local residents are encouraged to plan for delays due to construction.  We request your cooperation and patience.

Construction is scheduled to be completed in mid November.  All scheduling and project dates are subject to change depending on weather and the contractor's schedule.

This project is financed by the St. Clair County Road Commission, and the State of Michigan at a total estimated cost for construction of $491,409.

The prime contractor is Davis Construction Co.

 

Title: Keewahdin Road Closure
Road Name: Keewahdin
Between: Parker and M-136
Township: Fort Gratiot
Date Posted: August 21, 204
Description: Keewahdin Road between Parker and M-136 will be closed starting 08/22/2014 (Daytime only) Monday - Friday until further notice due to Sanitary Sewer installation.  Detour will be posted.  

EMERGENCY & LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY

 

Title: Sterling Road Closure
Road Name: Sterling Road
Between: Norman & Fulton
Township: Lynn
Date Posted: August 13, 2014
Description: Sterling Road between Norman and Fulton will be Closed to all through traffic August 18, 2014 at 7:00 AM until further notice for Bridge Deck Replacement

Detour will be posted - Capac Road to Yale Road

 

Title: Fred Moore Highway Resurfacing is scheduled to begin July 18, 2014.  (UPDATED 7/18/24)
Road Name: Fred Moore Highway
Between: 1/2 mile east of Mayer Road to 1/2 mile east of Allington Road
Township: St. Clair / China
Date Posted: July 15, 2014
Description: Resurfacing work on Fred Moore Highway, ˝ mile east of Mayer Road to ˝ mile east of Allington Road is scheduled to begin on July 18, 2014.

Work will include rubblizing the existing concrete, overlaying the rubblized concrete and existing asphalt shoulders, restoring the aggregate shoulders, ditch cleanout and culvert replacement, new pavement markings and site restoration.

The project will begin with ditch cleanout and driveway culvert replacements.   This work will be completed under a lane closure utilizing flaggers.

The remainder of the project will occur under a full closure of Fred Moore Highway and Allington Road between St. Clair Hwy and Trumble Rd for a maximum of 14 days to permit the concrete rubblizing and placement of new aggregate base, asphalt and gravel shoulders.  Access will be maintained to local traffic within the construction and closure zone, including homes and businesses, during the closure.  The posted detour will be Wadhams Road and I-94.  This closure is tentatively scheduled to occur July 28 to August 11.  During this time the Contractor will be permitted to work on Sunday in an effort to meet this deadline.

Local residents and emergency vehicles will have access to local properties throughout the entire project.  Local residents are encouraged to plan for delays due to construction.  We request your cooperation and patience.

Construction is scheduled to be completed by August 29, 2014.  All scheduling and project dates are subject to change depending on weather and the contractor's schedule.

This project is financed by the St. Clair County Road Commission, the State of Michigan and the Federal Highway Administration at a total estimated cost for construction of $957,250.

The prime contractor is Ace-Saginaw Paving Co.

 

  


Thanks to all who voted for the St. Clair County Road Millage!

Road Millage passes  
The proposal for a county-wide road millage was successful.  The St. Clair County Road Commission pledges to use its share of the millage to meet the required match to obtain federal funds for eligible road and bridge projects.

List of proposed projects for 2014


Norman Road Gravel Haul Video

Grader Video


Michigan Work  Zone Awareness   
We'd like to remind motorists that "Safer driving creates safer work zones, and not to barrel through work zones."

More than 85 percent of all people killed in highway work zone crashes are drivers and passengers, not highway workers.  Although traffic fatalities are down significantly with increased public education efforts and law enforcement, Michigan experienced more than 5,100 traffic crashes in 2010 where construction activity was present.

While many factors contribute to deadly work zone crashes, driver behavior plays a huge role.

"We ask motorists to slow down, buckle up, drive sober, pay attention and at all times drive as if their life depends on it because it just might," Niemela said.  "Although it is very early in the construction season we have already experienced serious work zone crashes, taking the life of a highway worker."

In Michigan, most work zones are posted at 45 MPH where workers are present.  Motorists speeding in work zones are subject to doubled fines and additional points against their driver license.  Causing the injury of another person in a work zone is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and $1,000 in fines, and causing the death of a person in a work zone is a felony punishable by and up to 15 years in prison and $7,500 in fines.

The County Road Association of Michigan represents Michigan's 83 county road agencies that collectively maintain more than 75 percent of Michigan roads - more than 90,000 miles - the fourth largest local road system in the nation.


Setting Speed Limits  
Ever wonder how speed limits are set?  Please review this video for more information.

Encroachment and/or Obstructions  
Per Michigan State Law, Public Act No. 368 of 1925, as amended (MCL 247.171, MSA 9.251), the St. Clair County Road Commission prohibits and, when necessary, removes any encroachment and/or obstruction in the county road right-of-way. It is recognized that encroachments and/or obstructions along the roadways severely impact the convenience and safety of the motoring public. The removal of such encroachments and/or obstructions promotes safety for the motoring public, improves the aesthetics of the roadway, and lawfully eliminates interference with public and private utilities within the public road right-of-way. When removal is necessary, it is at the owner’s expense.

Simply defined, an encroachment and/or obstruction is the unauthorized use of highway right-of-way or easements. An encroachment and/or obstruction includes any object, vegetation, landscape, earthwork, sign, fence, and/or building; and other objects, including oversized mailboxes or posts.


The Board of St. Clair County Road Commissioners uniformly and fairly conducts the administration of the state law governing encroachment and/or obstruction within the right-of-way. The Board recognizes that there are many encroachments and/or obstructions within what is commonly recognized as the right-of-way of the county road system. The Board also recognizes that these encroachments and/or obstructions constitute hazards to the motoring public ranging from non to severe and that the staff time available to identify, assess, recommend action, and follow-up on these encroachments and/or obstructions is limited.

Phragmites: Please view our Brochure for information concerning Phragmites.  We have also posted information from the following sources...........

2014 Herbicide Phragmites Control Program: The St. Clair County Road Commission will begin its 2014 Herbicide Phragmites Control Program on or after July 28, 2014.  Program completion, subject to weather and/or operational factors, is expected by October 1, 2014.

The Daltons, Inc., with offices at 936 Little Eagle Drive in Warsaw, Indiana, is under contract to the St. Clair County Road Commission to perform phragmites control services in the road right-of-way on designated county roads in St. Clair County.

The Road Commission Phragmites Control Program will involve the application of herbicides to phragmites.  The Program will be implemented to improve visibility and safety for the vehicular traffic and/or pedestrians that use the county roads under the Road Commission's jurisdiction.  The specific herbicide and specialty products utilized in this treatment will be as follows:

 

Glyphosate 5.4

  1 ˝ gallons   mix per 100 gallons of water
Imazapyr 4 SL   1 ˝ gallons   mix per 100 gallons of water
Non-ionic Surfactant 1 gallon mix per 100 gallons of water
Dye Amount of necessary to determine coverage

This Advance Notice and information is being supplied in accordance with the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Regulation No. 63.7 Pre-Notification Requirement.

If a property owner prefers their property not be included for treatment, they must complete an application form for a "No Treatment Zone" permit from the Road Commission no later than July 15, 2014.  As a condition of approval of this application, the property owner must agree to properly clear the road right-of-way abutting the subject property of phragmites and brush.  Signs supplied by the Road Commission must be in place by July 28, 2014.  Posted areas will be omitted from the Program only if the area is clear of phragmites and brush at the time of inspection by the Contractor and/or Road Commission personnel.

Technical information concerning this application may be requested by calling The Daltons, Inc., at 1-888-267-7511.  Administrative and operational information may be obtained from the St. Clair County Road Operations Department at 1-810-388-4025.

Kirk D. Weston, Managing Director
Legal
The Times Herald
Publish May 31, 2014

 




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