Now Hiring:  Project Engineer

The St. Clair County Road Commission currently has an opening for the position of Project Engineer.  The ideal candidate must be knowledgeable in road construction and be able to communicate effectively with inspection staff and contractors.  The qualified individual must be able to read and interpret design plans and make decisions based on the information contained therein.  The qualified individual must also be knowledgeable in generating construction pay applications, reviewing daily inspection reports, and maintaining necessary paperwork as required by the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.  The qualified individual should also have experience with Michigan Department of Transportation Standard Specifications for Construction.
Applications and resumes' will be accepted through February 13, 2015.  Applications are available at 21 Airport Drive, St. Clair MI 48079 or downloadable below.  Please send to the attention of the H/R Department.  Drug test required.  Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Description     /     Application

Lane Closure Notice (MDOT)

Road: M-29  (all lanes)
at Pine River
Reopen Date:
March 31, 2015
Work to be done: Bridge repair  work
Posted Detour: Puttygut Road to King Road to Fred Moore Highway
Full closure from January to March 2015

Road: I-94 (Military Street  (all lanes)
at Black River Bridges
Reopen Date:
March 31, 2015
Work to be done: Bridge repair  work
Posted Detour: Water Street to Erie Street to McMorran Blvd
Full closure from January to March 2015

Bridge Closure

Bridge Gratiot Road Bridge
over Pine River
  Construction on Gratiot Road Bridge over Pine River in St. Clair Township is tentatively set to begin on February 9, 2015, weather permitting.  Construction includes removal of the old bridge, placing new concrete abutments and pier, a new concrete bridge decks, install new guardrail, rebuild about 300 feet of road approaches on each side of the bridge, and seeding of disturbed earth areas.  The purpose of this project is to replace a structurally defiance brige that is currently load weight restricted. 

Traffic will be detoured away from the construction zone.  The signed detour is Gratiot Road to Wadhams Road to Rattle Run Road and Gratiot Road.  The road will remain open to local traffic on either side of the bridge closure but residents are requested to be patient because of delays due to construction.  This project is financed by the State of Michigan and St. Clair County Road Commission at a total cost of $2,168,216.

The prime contractor is Millbocker and Sons Inc of Allegan, MI.

The contract completion date is June 30, 2015.

A Call to Action: Watch This Video &
Sign The Petition to Fix The Roads

The Office of the Governor has put together a compelling video to highlight the absolute necessity of investing in our roads before the end of this year. Please take a few minutes to watch it and to share it with everyone you know through social media. It’s so important that we spread the word and that we get all Michiganders behind the effort to invest in our infrastructure.

Click here to watch the video.

After you watch the video, please take a minute to sign the petition that is circulating the state, courtesy of social media. By adding your name to the petition, you are helping the effort to secure road funding before the end of the year. Having a petition filled with thousands of names also proves to the legislature that this is what the people want.

Click here to sign the petition.

Annual Bids

Sealed bids will be received at the office of the Board of County Road Commissioners of the County of St. Clair, 21 Airport Drive, St. Clair, Michigan 48079 until 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 4, 2015 for furnishing 2015 requirements of materials and services.  Proposals, bid forms and other information are available on our Annual Bid page and also at the office of the Road Commission at the above address.  It shall be the contractor's responsibility to print out the proposal in its entirety and submit the completed bid proposal to the Road Commission office in a sealed envelope plainly marked with the bid contents by the time and date shown above.  Bids failing to meet these requirements will not be considered.  NO PROPOSAL SHALL BE ACCEPTED BY EMAIL.

This is a public bid opening.  Results (bid tabulations) will be posted on this website as they become available.



St. Clair County Road Commission receives the prestigious 2014 APAM/MDOT Asphalt Paving Award

Ace Saginaw Paving Company and the St. Clair County Road Commission will receive an Award of Excellence from the Asphalt Pavement Association of Michigan for their cooperative effort on the Fred W. Moore Highway project from east of Mayer Road to east of Allington Road St. Clair County Road Commission Lead Project Engineer Jennifer Nelson and Lead Project Inspector Jodi Smith will be honored for their efforts at the annual event.


Sixth Annual Shake Your Mailbox Day - October 18th

Michigan's county road agencies join force this Saturday, as Gov. Snyder proclaims October 18th the 6th Annual Shake Your Mailbox Day in Michigan.  Shake Your Mailbox Day is the annual public awareness compaign encouraging residents to prepare their mailboxes for the winter snow removal season.

"Damage to mailboxes is typically caused by the force of snow thrown from a passing snowplow, not being hit by a snowplow," said Denise Donohue, County Road Association of Michigan director.

Many people don't realize the force of the snow being cleared from the road as the plow truck passes.  Trucks have to maintain a speed of 25 to 35 mph, although it may look faster, to both apply salt and throw snow away from the road.  Shake Your Mailbox Day was initiated to allow homeowners to help the county road agency clear snow properly and protect their mail and newspaper boxes.

Seventy five percent of Michgian's roads - 90,000 miles - are under county road agency jurisdiction.  In 63 of Michigan's 83 counties, some or all of the state highways are also maintained by a county road agency.

"Shake Your Mailbox  Day received quite a few laughs when the concept was announced in 2008, but as homeowners learned the importance of checking their mailbox stability in warmer weather, damage to mailboxes decreased," Donohue said.

Just as homeowners are encouraged to change batteries in smoke detectors and furnace filters at daylight saving time, the third Saturday in October is reserved for tightening screws and securing mailboxes and posts.  If residents have questions on what type of mailboxes are allowed, they should contact their county road agency to learn about specific federal guidelines.

The County Road Association of Michigan represents the interest of Michgian's 83 county road departments that collectively maintain the fourth largest local road network in the country.  Shake Your Mailbox Day began in 2008 as the innovative idea of one county road commission frustrated by damaged mailboxes and expanded statewide in 2009.


Mailbox Questions?

St. Clair County Road Commission's Mailbox Policy

St. Clair County Road Commission's Mailbox Brochure 

Bridge Posting 

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


NEW Posting

Current structure capacity is:

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


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
The Times Herald
Publish May 31, 2014


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