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Understanding Local Road Repairs


The start of road construction season each spring prompts questions from residents about how the Township selects, prioritizes and funds street projects. Below are the answers to these questions.

The Township is responsible for sharing the cost with the Kent County Road Commission to repair local streets. Federal, state and county agencies are responsible for funding larger road and highway projects such as U.S. 131 (federal), Plainfield Avenue (state) and West River Drive (county).

The Township works with the Road Commission to create a three-year plan that determines the most economical method to repair roads to stretch tax dollars the furthest. This includes planning for proactive pavement preservation maintenance to extend a road’s lifespan. Pavement preservation applies a lower-cost surface treatment to keeps roads in good condition before significant costs and construction are needed to fully replace the road.

Additionally, the plan also takes into account the Township’s annual utility projects and water main extension work as part of its settlement with Wolverine Worldwide, as these projects often require nearby roads to be reconstructed.

The Road Commission contracts with private construction companies to complete most of the road maintenance work each year. To keep these costs as low as possible, the Road Commission provides contractors flexibility on scheduling the work.  

These companies often fit these smaller projects in between larger road projects they are doing for the Michigan Department of Transportation.  Because of this approach, the Road Commission and Township cannot provide residents with a set date for when your road will be repaved. Contractors make a best effort to notify residents within a few days prior to working on your street.

The Township has significantly increased its investments to improve local road conditions. Since 2019, Plainfield has spent $750,000 annually on street projects, an increase of more than $500,000 compared to its 2016 and previous budgets. Current spending has been matched by the Road Commission for a total annual investment of $1.5 million into street improvements.

For a map of planned road repairs through 2024, click here.

Updates on construction projects will be posted on the Road Commission’s website.

Plainfield Township Invests in New Three-Year Road Repair Plan

Plainfield Township is investing $750,000 again this year to improve local road conditions which will be matched by the Kent County Road Commission for a total investment of $1.5 million.

The projects are expected to take place this summer and fall. For a map of planned road repairs through 2024, click here. More details about the Township’s 2022 road projects will be posted this spring.

The Kent County Road Commission manages and oversees the Township’s road repair plan and uses multiple methods depending on the street’s condition. Utilizing multiple methods extends a road’s lifespan and allows for repairs before significant costs and construction are needed to fully replace the road.

The Township is responsible for sharing the costs to repair local streets, while federal, state and county agencies are responsible for funding highways and county primary roads such as U.S. 131 (federal), Plainfield Avenue (state) and West River Drive (county).

Updates on construction projects will be posted on the Road Commission’s website.

Property Owner’s Guide to Road Construction

Is your street scheduled for repairs this year? If so and you’re unsure about how work will affect your property and routine activities, the Kent County Road Commission offers tips for preparing for road projects before repairs begin and what to expect throughout the process.
 
Driveway Access

Property owners generally have driveway access during projects. However, access to driveways may be limited for brief periods during paving work. If property owners require driveway access during this time, they can consult with the on-site contractor or inspector.

Sprinklers, Invisible Dog Fences, Homeowner-Placed Utilities

Underground sprinkling systems, invisible dog fencing and private homeowner-placed underground utilities are not permitted in the public road right-of-way.

If these items are within 3 feet of the road, it is the property owner’s responsibility to flag or stake the area. While crews do their best to work around these systems, any damage is the property owner’s responsibility. Sprinklers that border the road should be turned off during the road project.

Schedule

The Kent County Road Commission gives its contractors flexibility in scheduling to achieve the best contract price possible. While inconvenient for planning purposes, this helps to stretch tax dollars and complete more miles of road improvements.

Work may be conducted anytime between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Occasional Sunday work may be required to complete the project within the contracted time frame. Before each project begins, the Road Commission posts yard signs asking property owners to avoid parking on road. Construction typically starts within 48 hours of these signs being posted. Weather, equipment issues or simultaneous projects can impact the timing of work, so an exact day-to-day schedule cannot be provided.

Restoration

When the project is completed, topsoil and grass seed in the right-of-way is placed by the Road Commission within four weeks. Property owners are responsible for watering and maintaining the area to assist with growth.

Plainfield Township is investing approximately $750,000 in street repairs this year to enhance travel within the Township as part of a new three-year road repair plan. The funds are being matched by the Road Commission for a total of $1.5 million to repair, resurface or replace more than six miles of roads in the Township. Repairs are expected to be completed during the 2021 construction season.

Updates on construction projects will be posted on the Road Commission’s website.