Springtime Weight Restrictions to go in Effect
Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Effective 6:00 a.m., Saturday, March 1, 2014, Seasonal Springtime Weight Restrictions will be in effect on county highways maintained by the Livingston County Road Commission. You can view a list of our All Weather Roads on our "Weight Restrictions" page. For a printer-friendly version, click HERE (last revised on 2/25/2014).
For additional information contact the Livingston County Road Commission at 3535 Grand Oaks Drive, Howell, Michigan, Telephone: (517) 546-4250.
Jewell Road Bridge to be Closed New!
Updated: Friday, February 21, 2014
HOWELL, MICHIGAN—The Livingston County Road Commission will close the Jewell Road Bridge over the Cedar River on Monday, February 24th. The bridge on Jewell Road is between Cedar Lake Road and Sexton Road in Marion Township.
“The principal problem is the condition of the load-carrying beams,” said Michael Craine, road commission managing director. “The bridge is 80 years old and has served the community very well. Age and heavy vehicle traffic have taken their toll. It is unfortunate that we have to close this bridge now. We are working on plans to replace the bridge in the fall and had hoped we could leave it open until then.”
The bridge was closed briefly in 2007 for emergency repairs. The repairs consisted of improving the strength of the steel beams. The roadway at the bridge was converted to a single lane of traffic over the reinforced beams. The road commission competed for and later secured federal funding to replace the bridge in Fiscal Year 2014.
“We have been closely monitoring the condition of the bridge,” Craine said. “The most recent inspections have led us to conclude that it is in the public interest to close the bridge now.” The alternate route is Cedar Lake Road, Norton Road, and County Farm Road.
The official press release may also be viewed as a pdf.
Avoid the "Second Shovel"
Updated: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
After a snowstorm, how many times have you shoveled your driveway only to have it plowed in when your local snowplow comes through? Clearing an area to the right of your driveway (as seen in the diagram below), giving the snow on the plow a place to go other than your driveway, should keep you from having to do the same job twice.
Text and image proided by CRAM (County Road Association of Michigan)
Annual Bid Results
Updated: Friday, February 14, 2014
Sealed bids were received by the Board of County Road Commissioners of the County of Livingston, 3535 Grand Oaks Drive, Howell, Michigan 48843-8575 at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at which time and place proposals were publicly opened and read aloud for the following Corrugated Steel Pipe, Underbody Float Blades and Grader Blades. The results can be found on our "Bids" page.
MDOT Warns Motorists, Private Plows of Winter Hazards
Updated: Thursday, January 9, 2014
MDOT has issued a warning to motorists, private plows of winter hazards. To view the document in a pdf, click here. You can also visit www.michigan.gov/mdot for more information on winter driving provided by MDOT.
- Piling snow at the ends of driveways along highway shoulders and pushing snow across roads can create hazardous conditions.
- Piling or depositing snow that obstructs vision is a violation of Michigan's Vehicle Code.
- Snowplows often throw up clouds of snow behind them, reducing visibility for drivers following behind them.
- Motorists should never attempt to pass a moving snowplow on the right, as this is both unsafe and illegal.
Winter Maintenance Information
Updated: Friday, November 15, 2013
Learn more about winter maintenance, including "Don't Crowd the Plow" and "Snow Removal".
Winter Driving Tips
Updated: Friday, November 15, 2013
Protect yourself and your passengers. Allow extra time to reach your destination during inclement weather.
- Drive for conditions - slower speeds, slower acceleration, slower steering and slower braking in winter conditions.
- Use your headlights.
- Don't use cruise control.
- Four and all-wheel drive vehicles will not stop or steer better in icy conditions.
- Leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. And remember, big trucks take longer to stop.
- Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady spots.
Brush the snow off your vehicles, especially your lights, before you drive. It makes you more visible plus snow and ice flying off a vehicle can be dangerous to other drivers.
If you find yourself behind a snowplow, stay behind it until it is safe to pass. Remember that a snowplow driver has limited field of vision. Stay back (15 car lengths) until you're sure it is safe to pass or until the plow pulls off the road.
Winter Emergency Car Kit
Updated: Friday, November 15, 2013
Make your own "Winter Emergency Car Kit" or you can buy one at many local retail stores. Place a winter emergency kit in each car.
- Jumper cables to restart engine
- Cat litter or sand for tire traction
- Shovel to scrape snow away from tires
- Ice scraper to clear windshield
- Warm clothes gloves, a hat, sturdy boots, warm jacket and even a change of clothes
- Blankets to keep warm inside the vehicle
- Flashlights and extra batteries for increased visibility
- First aid kit also pack necessary medications in case you are stuck on the road
- Food pack items containing protein such as nuts and energy bars, also canned fruit and a portable can opener are good additions
- Water bring enough for each person in your car and any pets
- a battery operated AM/FM radio to listen to traffic reports and emergency messages
Updated: Monday, February 03, 2014
There are no openings at the present time.
SH-SH-SHAKE YOUR MAILBOX
October 19 is the 5th Annual Shake Your Mailbox Day in Michigan
Updated: Friday, October 18, 2013
Giving your mailbox a thorough shaking can save you from headaches this winter.
Michigan’s county road agencies have joined together in asking residents to prepare for winter by shaking their mailbox.
“Many homeowners have started the practice of changing batteries in smoke detectors and filters in furnaces when clocks are changed for daylight savings time,” CRAM director, John Niemela said. “In the same manner, Shake Your Mailbox Day is designed to get the public involved in proactive mailbox maintenance.”
In most instances where mailboxes are damaged during winter snow removal operations, the snow plow doesn’t actually hit the mailbox. The force of snow thrown from the roadway is enough to knock down a loose mailbox. Damage to these posts and receptacles can often be prevented by proper routine maintenance.
"Taking time to tighten screws and secure mail receptacles now can prevent serious headaches later,” Niemela said. “Give your mailbox a good shaking. If the mailbox moves when shaken, the mailbox and/or post may not withstand standard snow removal operations and should be repaired or replaced prior to the onset of winter.”
This is also a good time to replace loose hinges on the mailbox door and replace or add reflective house numbers to allow postal workers and emergency responders to easily find your home.
Gov. Rick Snyder officially proclaimed Saturday, October 19, to be the 5th Annual Shake Your Mailbox Day in Michigan. Shake Your Mailbox Day started in 2008 as the innovative idea of one county road commission frustrated by residents’ complaints of damaged mailboxes and became a statewide campaign in 2009.
2013 Green Oak Township Road Repair
Updated: June 11, 2013
Green Oak Township has developed a list of roads to be repaired during the 2013 construction season. This is the first portion of the planned road repairs following the approval of the Road Millage. To view the list of roads, click here (which will re-direct to the Township's page).